I just love the vibrant, colorful sashings. Flowers and animal blocks combine to make a beautiful animal garden. While the quilting is subtle on the front, just look at the stitching on the ombre backing. Makes my green thumb happy!
I am excited to share one of my own quilts. In 2016, I posted pictures of a similar quilt that I had quilted for a customer and knew I had to make one for myself. Made from Kaffe striped fabric that was cut into strips and sewn back together to add variety, then separated into groups of light and dark colors before starting the piecing. The intentionality and prep work were well worth it. I spent two days doing the ditch stitching which does show on the back of the quilt before I added the variegated thread and added free motion back and forth lines. Simple but spectacular!
The fabric is fabulous for both color combination and featuring the quilting. Pumpkin leaves dance their way across the quilt in a rich gold thread. I chose an autumn variegated thread for the backing which is much more stunning in reality than in the photograph. I am ready for a fall harvest picnic or a hayride with this quilt!
One of my own quilts, finished and fabulous! I used a light teal aqua thread and loved every minute of custom quilting this block of the month. One of my favorite techniques is negative quilting. Note the frames around the blocks and the thin border frame that has no quilting except stitch in the ditch and how puffy it is compared to the swirly background quilting. While blues are not typically my color, the light turquoise and gray combination is incredible. This is definitely a keeper!
Just the pieced center came into Ideal Stitches with a request to make it larger. I added a thin turquoise and larger navy border that just sets off the colors in the quilt. The top was quilted with turquoise thread while the back was quilted in a bright variegated thread to bring all the colors to both sides. Truly spectacular.
I couldn’t wait to get my needle into this beautiful quilt, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. The appliqué work is exquisite, and I wanted it to shine! Each applique is carefully outlined before the background is stitched, while the borders have curls and feathers just to accent!
I really got to know this mom through the stories of her when she brought me her clothes for a memory quilt. She loved to fish so I was sure to use a fishing pattern. Her favorite colors were teal and purple, and I found a terrific purple fabric for the border and backing. Her favorite piece of clothing was a flowered dress, so I used it for the large center block, scattered smaller blocks and the inner border.
Below is a quote from the daughter after she picked up the quilt. This makes all the work of making a memory quilt worth it.
“My dad LOVES his quilt. We all did. Thank you for the thoughtfulness you put into the quilt capturing the precious memories of my mom. ❤️ “
I was told that this pattern was published in response to the COVID lock down in 2020. A block a day for two weeks until the country reopened. Looking back, we know that the shutdown was much longer than that, however, my client had the time to rise to the challenge and make a quilt top in two weeks.
Right now, autumn quilts must be my favorite! Until next month when I am quilting Halloween quilts followed by Christmas quilts. This quilt is no exception. Old Gold thread stitches falling leaves across this super-sized quilt. I know it is a gift for this client’s brother and he is going to love it!
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.