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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.

Kyle's Brookie

The ever talented Tese Shekitka made this wall hanging for her brother-in-law, Kyle. It features a lifelike brook trout and embroidered fishing flies.

Tese has made several of these quilts in the past, and each one is a little better than the last. Though, this one is so gorgeous, I'm not sure how she could improve it any more! One thing she did differently this time was to put a layer batting behind the fish to give it a bit more pop. Combined with the double layer of batting in the rest of the quilt, it provides a nice roundness to make the trout look realistic.

I enjoyed collaborating on this quilt with Tese. We worked together to decide what kind of quilting would best suit each space. Firstly, I stitched in the ditch around the trout to provide greater definition between the fish and the water. The water itself is quilted with a horizontal stipple that adds a suitable rippling movement. Next, I filled the spacer blocks with loosely packed pebbles of varying shapes and sizes to mimic a riverbed. Finally, the diamonds in the sashing are intended to give the geometric feel of a woven fish basket.

Upon examination of the borders, you can see the amount detail that goes into the three-dimensional embroidered flies. Tese has spent a lot of time figuring out how to get these to come out just right. Here we have a Royal Wulff on the left, and a Woolly Bugger on the right.

I quilted the inner border with a gentle S-curve to feel like a flowing watery fern. The spacer blocks are full of bubbles, and the outer border contains a second geometric design to balance the diamonds in the sashing.

This wall hanging was truly a blast to quilt. I always enjoy working with Tese on her projects. I'm happy to say that she loves it, and I'm sure her brother-in-law will, too.

Two Roller Rink Quilts

Every fall the local quilt guild does a quilt retreat. Some of us have decided it's fun to choose a pattern that we all work on at the retreat. This year, we went with Roller Rink by Elizabeth Hartman. The pattern can be found in her book Modern Patchwork.

So far, two people have finished their quilts and allowed me to quilt them. It's always fun to see the same quilt pattern done up in different colors. Sharon Stoneberger made hers with reds, oranges, and purples.

For the quilting, we chose a design that reflects the fabric. The lighter border fabric is full of little bubbles. I quilted it with Champagne Bubbles by Kristen Hoftyzer.

Sharon pieced a fun strip to break up the back of her quilt. This is a great way to add interest to a quilt back when you need to make it a little longer.

The variegated quilting thread really shows up nicely on the solid purple fabric.

Barbara Beller also finished her Roller Rink quilt. She chose to do hers in rainbow. It's amazing how different the quilt looks with another color pallet.

Barbara was drawn to the circle quilting on Sharon's quilt. Since her rainbow fabrics all have little circles in them, she decided on a similar design for her own quilt. I quilted this one with Bubbles by Anne Bright.

Barbara almost always goes for pieced backs to use up her scraps. Nearly all of the fabric on this back is left over from the front of the quilt. It's a great way to keep your scraps under control, and you get bonus points for the quilt back looking awesome in the process.

This back is such fun!

I hope you enjoyed this view of two versions of the same quilt. It will be fun to see everyone else's quilts as they get them finished. Speaking of which, I should probably get to work on mine.