Posts tagged #monster quilt

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.

IG Quilt Fest Week 3

Another week of March has come and gone. I'm still doing my best to keep up with the #IGQuiltFest on Instagram, hosted by @amyscreativeside. It's been interesting to come up with so many different kinds of pictures. If you've been thinking about joining in, there's still a few days left.

Day 16: Quilting Book Love
I really enjoy quilting books. There are quite a few I would like to get, but of the ones I have, these are my four favorites:
- Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison
- Shape by Shape by Angela Walters
- Shape by Shape Collection 2 by Angela Walters
- Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

Day 17: Sewing Friends
These are the friends I never would have found if not for quilting. Five of us teamed up to make this quilt as a surprise for Linda (third from the right). I'm grateful for the friendship of each of these ladies. You can read all about the making of this quilt here.

Day 18: Mini Quilt
This quilt is the closest I've made to a mini. It's still waiting for binding, but I'm thrilled with it so far. The free pattern is Star Struck by Bonnie Hunter. I shrunk the pieces and laid them out in a rainbow to make a 30" square wall hanging. I quilted each star in a different color thread.

Day 19: Thread Bliss
My favorite quilting thread is King Tut by Superior Threads. I enjoy the extra interest that variegated thread adds to all over designs. My dad made this wheeling cart for me, and the top drawer is full of King Tut.

Day 20: Quilts in the Wild
I love taking pictures of my quilts in the wild. I'm generally several quilts behind on sharing any finishes because I like to wait until I can get those outdoor shots.
This quilt was small enough to stuff in my backpack during a hike. Whenever we found a good spot to take some pictures, we would take a break and pull out the quilt. That was fun because I was able to get some pretty unique shots.
The quilt pattern is the 3 Dudes Quilt. I watched the tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company, then modified the blocks to use five strips instead of four. Click here for more information and pictures of this quilt.

Day 21: Quilting Up Close
Here is a close-up view of my Monster quilt. I improvisationally pieced it to use up the ends of some strip sets. All of the quilting was done freehand with my longarm.

Day 22: Special Finish
My parents retired and moved to Montana in 2015, so the Christmas of 2014 was their last one in the house where I grew up. My sister and I both brought our husbands back to Michigan and we all got to be together for that last Christmas. I decided it would make it extra special if I surprised everyone with quilts. It was a challenge to get them all done, but so worth it. The memories surrounding this house and this Christmas makes it my most special finish.

Day 23: Stash
This is the majority of my stash. I love batiks, so that's all that's here. Anything between 1/4 yard and a yard gets folded to the same size and filed in the boxes. Anything bigger is wrapped around comic book boards and stored on a shelf. I love that I can see everything, so it's easy to pick out what I need.