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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.

Sister Quilts

My sister and I are two lucky ladies. We were raised by wonderful parents that have been together for 42 years and are still going strong. The icing on an already fabulous cake is that our mom started quilting a little over a year ago, and she just made each of us a quilt!

Needless to say, we are both thrilled. Mom originally planned on giving them to us together, but decided she couldn't wait. That meant that I got mine a couple of weeks before Autumn came out to visit and I had to keep it a secret. She gave it to me right before dinner, and I spent the rest of the night wrapped up in it.

When Autumn came out for her birthday, she found her quilt on the guest bed at our parents' house. That night, she took a very happy picture of herself lying on the quilt. The only surviving copy of that picture is tiny, so she gamely agreed to recreate it yesterday. If you know my sister, you're not at all surprised that she tossed in a fish face to make me smile.

I had the privilege of quilting Autumn's quilt. I quilted it in June and she didn't get it until September. It's a good thing I'm good at keeping secrets! The quilting design is Harvest Winds by Patricia Ritter.

The quilt mom gave me was quilted by Linda James. Linda is a friend of ours from guild that does beautiful work. She quilted it with Snow Crystals by Anne Bright. Since I didn't quilt this one, I was completely surprised when I received it.

Since we received them, our quilts have been well-loved by both ourselves and our furry friends.  Nothing makes Ruth happier than a brand new quilt to pass out on. She's convinced that the newest quilt is the best quilt.

Autumn's puppy, Sherlock, has also spent his fair share of time snuggled on her quilt, mostly when she's underneath it. I haven't gotten to meet him yet, but the pictures seem to indicate that he loves to cuddle.

We really are lucky ladies to have such a wonderful mom. Not only did she love us enough to put up with the toddler and teenage years, but now that we're adults, she made us quilts! These are gifts we will treasure forever.