Custom Quilting Favorites

Today I would like to share some of my favorite projects that I have had the pleasure to custom quilt. One of the best parts of quilting for customers is the wide variety of tops I get to work on. I'm always amazed by the creativity of quilters.

My most recent favorite is this brookie wall hanging by Tese Shekitka. She made it for her cousin and allowed me the pleasure of custom quilting it. Each element of the quilting is intended to relate to fishing. I blogged about it here if you are interested in the details.

Another relatively recent project is this Star Struck quilt made by myself. Since it's a wall hanging, I used a double batting and quilted it to death. The density of the quilting makes this much too stiff for a cuddle quilt, but it's going to look lovely on the wall. I used three different designs in the bright stars, and each one was quilted in its own color thread.

For the back, I chose a solid grey that would really allow the quilting to shine. I love that each thread color pops against the grey.

One of the first quilts that I custom quilted for a customer was this Christmas trees quilt by L. Carter. I chose five different designs for the trees and scattered them throughout the quilt. To this day, this is one of the quilts I have had the most fun quilting.

I love it when people choose solid fabrics for the backs of quilts that are custom quilted. The quilting detail shows up so well on the solid fabric. It's like two quilts in one!

Another of my early favorites is this doggie baby quilt made by Linda Arness. She designed it herself, and I just love what she came up with.

If you look closely, you can see that I quilted puppies in the four outside blocks. You can also see some close-ups in the this blog post.

Linda also made this friendship quilt. Her friends snuck the fabric out of her stash and surprised her with the blocks. Linda added the maker's name to each block, then she designed this top to showcase them. I'm amazed at how balanced she was able to keep the design when no one knew what the other people were making.

The most unique request I have ever received was to quilt a mariner's compass in the center of this Home Sweet Home quilt. It took me a bit to figure out how to approach it, but it turned out wonderfully. The anonymous customer that made this quilt was thrilled.

I'll end with another of my own quilts. This is one of my favorite quilts that I have made. Since the piecing is improvisational, I wanted to keep the quilting free form, as well. The straight lines are really straight-ish because I quilted them without the aid of a ruler. The freehand quilting suits the organic feel of this quilt.

Do you have a favorite custom quilted project? I would love to hear about it! If you leave your email with your comment, I will be sure to respond to you personally.

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Welcome to Snowy Days Quilting! I am so excited to be participating in week one of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. My name is Bobbi Bridgeman, and I have been quilting for about five years. I started blogging here two years ago when I decided to make a business longarm quilting.

Why Snowy Days Quilting?  For one, I'm kind of enamored with snow.  I love everything about it, from sitting by the fire with a book while it falls, to cruising through the forest on cross country skis.  Nothing beats seeing the mountains freshly capped with a layer of white.  And I am fascinated by the uniqueness of the individual snowflakes - each one so beautiful, and so different from the thousands of others surrounding it - just like quilters and their wonderful, one-of-a-kind quilts.

Snowy Days Quilting is also fitting since I live in Montana, where we have more days with snow than without.  Summers are short here, so we make the most of them.  Sewing machines sit idle while quilters garden, hike, camp, and fish.  When winter returns, we make up for lost time, sewing like mad while the snow drifts outside.

I have wanted to quilt ever since I was a little girl. Once I finally tried my hand at it, I quickly fell in love. Now I just can't get enough! I would like to share a bit of my journey with you by showing my favorite quilts from each of the last few years.

One of my earlier quilts that is still one of my favorites is Diamond Sky. I designed it myself and gave it to my sister for Christmas of 2014. I love the bold colors and off-center design. One of my goals for this year is to write a pattern for this quilt.

My 2015 favorite is my Gemstones baby quilt. I designed this for a wonderful lady who has been my friend since we were 13 years old. I had a lot of fun with this one because her favorite colors are also my favorite colors. I still haven't gotten to meet her baby girl, but it makes me happy to know she is wrapped in the love of a quilt.

This next quilt was a little out of the box for me. I love modern quilts, but I don't often find myself making anything quite as modern as this. It was a uniquely challenging experience, and I love the result. I had some scraps that I pieced improvisationally, then I figured out how to put the blocks together. The final design is completely worth the number of Y-seams I had to sew to pull it off. I finished this one last summer.

Quilting Tip

My favorite tip for quilting is to spin your seams. I personally spin my seams whenever possible. It allows pieces and blocks to nest nicely together, and it keeps the top flat.

Here is an example of one of my current projects. Where the hourglasses meet, 8 different fabrics come to a point. Since I spun the seams, there isn't any bulk at those points. They won't cause me any trouble when I quilt them, and the finished piece will lay nice and flat.

What is your favorite quilting tip? I always love to learn new things.

The Blog Hop

This wouldn't be a blog hop without other blogs to visit. My hive for the hop is Blooming Quilters. I encourage you to check out the other ladies in my hive that are posting today:

Of course, we can't forget our fearless hive leader, Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl. You'll want to check out her post to see all of the great giveaways going on this week.

I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of my quilting. I have lots more planned for this week. I will be taking a look at some quilts that I enjoyed custom quilting, edge to edge designs that I love, a recent finish, and one of my favorite easy slow cooker recipes. I would be thrilled if you stuck around for the fun.

Did you share your favorite quilting tip in the comments? I would love to hear what it is! If you leave your email address when you comment, I will be sure to send you a note to thank you personally.

Posted on April 9, 2017 and filed under Quilting, Blog Hops.

350 Blocks Project: March Report

March was a month of zero blocks for me, but that doesn't mean I wasn't making progress. I finished the blocks for my Talkin' Turkey quilt in February, so I was able to put the top together in March. The pattern for Talkin' Turkey can be found in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

Once the top was together, I was able to make a back and start quilting. The quilting design I'm using is Winds of Change by Sarah Ann Myers. I'm really liking it so far. I'm hoping to get the binding on this month and call this baby finished!

Zero blocks in March leaves me at 98 for the year thus far. Fortunately, I was far enough ahead that I won't have to play catch-up. If you are interested in the 350 blocks project, you can check it out here.