Tuesday, 27 June 2017

See this lovely quilt

One of the pleasures and responsibilities of doing long arm quilting for others is getting beautiful quilts brought to me.  Here is a gorgeous one.  There are so many interesting fabrics used in this and the eclectic results make this an exceptional Dresden Plate quilt.   This is going to a much loved little girl so I quilted her initial in the bottom corner.  The borders are random hearts.  Grandma knows where the initial is.  Granddaughter will have to find it.  She will have wonderful time exploring all the fabrics.  Her Grandma collects the most interesting fabrics and this is not her only quilt to be admired.

Also recently the question of batting came up.  Not with this quilt but another.  There are so many batts on the market and you have to be careful that you choose one that suits.  For a child you do not want too thick a batting and not all synthetic as it does not breath and you want to ensure you have some loft to show off the quilting.  We, the client (an adoring Grandmother) and I, had to explore alternatives to one that had been purchased at a store.  We found a thin 80/20 batting which had a scrim that prevents stretching which the original did.  Perfect and the quilt turned out beautifully.  Again I got to enjoy seeing a client happy with the quilt.  And this one has the recipient's 3 initials in the quilting. 

When I think how green I was at long arm quilting when I started this blog and how far Hortense, my machine, and I have come and there is still so much to learn and so many possible designs and quilts.  Every day is a discovery.  Aren't I so fortunate?  And we are going to upgrade our software.  Excitement coming!!!


Monday, 19 June 2017

June - Impact on making quilts

Summer has finally arrived.  And it has an impact on quilting.  Quilting or gardening, quilting or gardening??????  We had a long spring providing luscious plants that normally are cut short by the heat of summer.  So for a quilter, these  have provided lovely colour plays that could turn into a quilt or two but at the same time as a gardener weeds intrude.  Split personalities can result.

And of course there are client who still need to have their quilts quilted.  Add to that regular chores and you have a fractured personality.  But that provides and interesting pattern possible for a small quilt.  Flowers provide colour, weeds provide a neutral green and quilting provides the concepts of lines and curves and definition.  See everything provides an idea for an art quilt.  And daily chores; well they can provide a bit of dark colour in the background.

Enjoy the following pictures and find what you can see when you look at the colours and shapes. Now I will enjoy the challenge I have given myself.  But no early time frame because it is raining and the weeds are signing choruses of 'alleluia', the lawn is saying you will have mow me and the dishwasher is finished as is the washing machine and the doorbell is going as a quilt arrives in the proud arms of its maker.