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Longarm Quilting Exhibit

The Piece by Peace Quilt Guild in Livingston, MT does a quilt show every other year. This is the second time they’ve included a longarm quilting exhibit as part of the show. The local longarm quilters are each invited to make a quilt, then quilt as desired. It’s a lot of fun to see so many way to quilt the same thing!

This year, we were asked to make a 24” carpenters star in any fabrics we chose. We could add borders as desired as long as the quilt didn’t exceed 40” square. I was only able to stop by the show for about 10 minutes, but it was so fun to see the exhibit!

The exhibit was so fun that I thought you might enjoy seeing close ups of a few of my favorites. First up is the quilt made by Tracy Yadon. I really like her combination of straight lines and flowers.

Next is this blue and purple quilt made by Lori O’Neill. She opted for an edge to edge design rather than custom quilting. I just thought her choice was really fun and playful.

This bright quilt was made by Bev Palm. Her border fabric is stunning! I really like how she carefully placed it to be lighter in two corners and darker in the other two. This quilt looks like something my sister would love.

This is my quilt! I couldn’t get the colors to come out right in these pictures, but I’ll be sure to take some better ones once I get the quilt back. I’ll also share more about my process for making it.

Lastly, I just love this modern take by Fatima Lucas. The colors are so bright, and she really took advantage of the negative space to quilt a variety of designs.

I hope you enjoyed getting a look at these quilts! I certainly enjoyed participating. I hope the guild continues to include a longarm exhibit in their future shows.

What do you think? Did you have a favorite quilt? What do you like about it?

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Handprint Quilt

I recently had the privilege to make this quilt on commission for Quail Hollow Cooperative Day School. Chris Nelson, a local businessman, wrote off the school's debt. Since they know he loves quilts, they wanted to give him one to express their gratitude.

The best part of the whole experience was painting with the kids. I needed a portable surface to take between the classrooms, so I taped together some cardboard to get the right size.

Since I didn't want the fabric to stick to the cardboard, I covered it with trash bags. This is what it looked like after we finished painting. You can see that some of the paint went through the fabric, but I didn't have any trouble getting the fabric to come off.

Once the cardboard was assembled and the trash bag was in place, I taped the fabric on top with painters tape. I made sure to pull the fabric taut as I went, and it held up really well to all of the handling.

For the painting, I used acrylic paint mixed with textile medium. I started by painting the stems and centers of the flowers, then the preschoolers added the flower petals. From there, the toddlers made the leaves, and the babies did the insects. Rather than dipping hands and feet into paint, we painted them with foam brushes. That really helped to contain the mess.

When I got home, I added the details to the butterfly, bees, and caterpillar. I wish I had picked up a small paintbrush for this! Rather than driving into town, I made do with some toothpicks. Then I waited until the paint was completely dry before removing the fabric and squaring it up.

In addition to handprints, the school wanted a thank you note on the quilt. Since I used fusible applique for the words, I had to print them in mirror image. I also printed the quail in mirror image from Quail Hollow's logo.

I carefully traced everything onto Heat 'n Bond lite. I found that my sad iron was really helpful for holding the papers in place as I was working.

Once the words were all traced, I cut out each of the letters. I had another stack of papers with the words going in the right direction. After all of that time spent tracing and cutting, I wasn't interested in losing any of those little pieces! To keep them organized, I clipped the letters to their word.

The bigger reason I had the words printed out the right way was to get the spacing right. I lined up the printed words first, and used them as a reference while I placed each of the letters. I waited until all of the letters were in position, then very carefully fused them in place.

Once the top was done, it was time to quilt! For the batting, I used a double layer of Quilter's Dream Cotton Select. The thread was a solid off white OMNI by Superior Threads. I quilted a horizontal stipple around all of the painted sections in the center panel.

I did loops in the inner border, random wavy lines in the middle border, and flowers in the outer border. I just love the little footprint caterpillar!

Speaking of borders - I was so excited to find the perfect fabric! I quilted another customer quilt the same day I got the order for this one, and she had used the Believe You Can line from Wilmington Prints. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for this quilt. I purchased two of the fabrics from the line to use for the borders, applique, and binding.

I used the leftover yardage on the back, along with a couple of solids from my stash. The triangles are for hanging. The raw edges get sewn in with the binding, and I just tack down the points by hand. If a rod is put along the bottom, it will help it hang extra flat. I also have the folded side of the triangles towards the corners. That way a tension rod can be inserted inside the triangles, or a regular rod can go all the way through behind them. So many options!

This was definitely an enjoyable project. It's given me so many ideas for more quilts! The painting was easy and fun. I can just imagine the possibilities of this technique for keepsake projects.

Chris was absolutely thrilled to receive the quilt. I'm really glad I was able to be part of something so special.

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Posted on September 10, 2018 and filed under Quilting, Commission Quilts.

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.