Ideal Stitches Best of Albuquerque 2020

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Ideal Stitches Best of Albuquerque 2020

In a year overshadowed by COVID-19, I wanted to share a bit of happy and uplifting news! Ideal Stitches has been selected for the Best of Albuquerque 2020 award in the category of Longarm Quilting Services. This is my second year to be nominated and receive this award and I am so very honored. Thank you for being a valuable part of my quilting dream.

Primary Winds

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Primary Winds

Here is the third of three wind quilts. It’s hard to say what I like the best; the bright orange backing fabric, the sunshine yellow thread, the hurricane quilting pattern that matches the layout or the black and color contrast of the fabrics. What ever it is, it is fabulous!

Antique Dresden

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Antique Dresden

I just love it when someone brings me a quilt top that has been stored for years and wants to turn it into a usable quilt. This one does have stains and I wanted to quilt it first before we tried to launder it. The dresden pieces were all hand pieced and I wanted them to be secure. We chose a rose pattern because the grandmother that pieced the quilt loved roses. I think she would be very pleased to see the finished quilt.

Sunrise Russell Quilt

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Sunrise Russell Quilt

As promised, here is the second of the Russell quilts. This one belongs to me and I used my favorite color on the backing fabric, however, I still used a pale yellow for the sunrise. I think the quilt looks like the stratified layers in the grand canyon from the sky to the Colorado river that runs at the bottom.

Batik Geese

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Batik Geese

Flying geese and feather patterns are a great combination for this earthtone batik quilt. When my customer picked it up, she said it was less busy even though I added the quilting and used a variegated thread. It didn’t make sense until I saw the pictures. I think the quilting that covered the contrasting cream fabric softened the contrast. Well, what ever it was. the quilt is incredible.

Hand Embroidered Halloween Wall Hanging

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Hand Embroidered Halloween Wall Hanging

I had so much fun with this boo-ti-ful wall handing. I outlined the hand embroidery, free motioned the back fill, stitched in the ditch for the borders, use rulers and templates for the quilting in the patch work area, and engaged the robotics for the ribbon and jack o lantern border patterns. It was a little of everything just like a bowl of Halloween candy.

Russell Quilt

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Russell Quilt

This abstract landscape quilt is made by paper piecing. My friend and I fell in love with the pattern on a quilt retreat and we both bought the kit. This is her Russell Quilt and I used a sunshine all over pattern and pale yellow thread. Stay tuned for the matching quilt.

Denim Kaffe

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Denim Kaffe

Cheerful colors and denim make this a bright picnic quilt. I just had to use a variegated thread on top and bottom and the results are amazing. At the time I was quilting this project, I was able to pray for my client and her husband as they faced a serious health issue so there are prayers in the stitches.

A Kaffe of a Different Color

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Kaffe fabrics pair with a gray printed fabric to make a Kaffe Quilt of a different color. The neutral bold print is a perfect contrast to the bright colors of Kaffe fabrics. This is probably my most favorite Kaffe quilt yet.

November Hearts

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November Hearts

This quilt is for a baby girl born on her first birthday next month, her namesake. I had so much fun quilting radiating lines around the hearts, and then doing a free motion heart and curl pattern in the rail fence blocks. I added a sleeve so this quilt can hang in the nursery. Auntie and Mamma are thrilled with the quilt. Hope baby November loves it too.

Denim Cathedral Windows

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Denim Cathedral Windows

I finally used up all the jeans fabric in my studio on this denim cathedral window quilt. The denim, pink fabric and batting were all cut on the accuquilt cutting system and then it was just a matter of sewing it together. As the accuquilt also cut the 1/8 inch snips for ragging, I just had to wash and dry the quilt and and the frayed edges were a snap.

Dots and Diamonds

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Dots and Diamonds

Taking my inspiration from the wild flower wide back backing, I quilted a flower garden with gold thread across this quilt full of diamonds. Love the colors and the plaid pattern on the front from this metallic dot fabric.

Abstract Geometric

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Abstract Geometric

These soft neutrals have a bit of black contrast. My cream and black variegated thread was the perfect choice for this abstract geometric pattern. The binding is both scrappy and wide, measuring in a 2 inches per side!