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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.

Home Sweet Home

This precious Home Sweet Home quilt was made by an anonymous client. She had me custom quilt it, so each part of the quilt got its own special treatment.

In the wide house borders, I freehand quilted bushy trees. They evoke the feeling of a tree lined street in a cozy neighborhood. I left the narrow red brick borders blank so my client can embroider "home sweet home" around the quilt.

The houses were a lot of fun to quilt. I matched each house to its own thread color. I used a ruler to keep the lines in the roofs perfectly straight and evenly spaced. After all of the houses were finished, I went back and quilted the skies in grey to give them a cloudy texture.

The real eye-catcher of this quilt is the mariner's compass in the center. My client carefully placed the printed compass in the middle of the quilt, and she requested that I quilt a mariner's compass around it. It was a little bit tricky to figure out how best to fit a mariner's compass into a rectangular space, but it really works. I filled in the background with dense overlapping swirls to make the compass pop.

I don't remember where she said this quilt was going. I can imagine a child spending hours driving matchbox cars along the roads in the center. I'm sure that wherever it ends up, this sweet quilt will be cherished.