Check out how the variegated thread adds so much color and interest to the charcoal background. The quilting pattern is full of fall leaves and acorns and is a splendid choice to complement the pieced design of the quilt. What a cozy autumn quilt.
There is just something about a scrap quilt that clinches the idea of making a quilt. And to have one that is scrappy on both the front and the back takes it to a new level of scrappy! I quilted a whimsical curl that breaks up both the horizontal lines of the back and the diagonal lines from the front. Delightful!
If I don’t know the back story on the quilt, sometimes I make up a story to go with it. Two almost identical baby quilts make me think of twins. I don’t know if that is true in this case but it’s fun to imagine these quilts with little quilted paw prints for twins. If not, I am sure two precious babies in separate households will have animal quilts to cherish.
There are so many things that make this quilt unique. One is the extra wide binding and look at how it is the same size as the fabrics that make up the framed piecing. Another is the use of very dark contrasting thread so that the quilting design is more than just texture. And finally, how the quilt has a pieced back making it reversible. Stupendous!
What fun! My girlfriend and I did this pattern together. Hers has glow in the dark ghostly backing and a delightful collection of Halloween fabrics which differ from the ones that I put on my quilt. She chose a bat quilting design and although the photo doesn’t show it, I used a flame-colored orange in the bobbin so that the back is equally fantastic in the light!
The first question that I get asked when someone sees a quilt that I have custom quilted is, “is that computerized”. I rarely use robotics when I am custom quilting. I find it faster and more enjoyable to free motion quilt it. The answer for this quilt is, “there were no robotics used in the execution of the quilting process”. It is much more labor intensive to get the fills to fit in the unique curves spaces than it is to just drive the machine myself. I did however use straight and curved rulers to set the lines/curves and then free motion to fill the spaces.
Everytime I have seen this style of collage applique, I have seen it quilted in a half inch grid. So, when I was asked to custom quilt this wall hanging I wasn’t sure how it would look. I couldn’t be more delighted with the result. Thread sketching with both salmon and white thread gives realism to the flowered fox, while the background is all about floral quitling. Truly spectacular.
This started as a photograph of a man with the road to Jericho in the background. It was then sketched out before the fusible applique work was done. It came to Ideal Stitches only fused. I was challenged to secure all the fabrics as well as thread paint. I used black thread to stitch in the sand dunes, and invisible thread to appli-quilt. Notice all the line work and directionality in the denim jacket. Finally, I finished with a silvery gray embroidery thread to paint in his facial hair. I am so proud of the work here.
Third in a series of three, this quilt features turquoise fabric and a children’s toy quilting design. I looked for days for the perfect turquoise fabric to coordinate with the blocks. I felt like Goldilocks; this one too blue and that one too green but my perserverance paid off. What a privilege to be part of this project.
This quilt started as just three little antique handkerchiefs that I was asked to turn into a quilt. Look at how the border fabric picks up all the colors in the handkerchiefs. I saved the bright variegated thread for the back of the quilt and it sure packs a wow factor. I could not be happier with the finished product.