Epic layout, magnificent colors, fantastic blocks, and beautiful butterfly quilting all come together for a quilt that is a show stopper! My customer cried when she picked up her quilt.
This should be one of the last in a series of sampler quilts. Ideal Stitches has had the pleasure to work on quite a few of the mystery quilts from a local quilt shop recently. Stay tuned because I plan to pull all the photos together. The quilting on this quilt tighter and more lacey. I chose a gray thread on top to blend but went all out on the deep purple/red backing with a pink, orange and yellow variegated thread. The back is phenomenal! Truly this is an example of where “Quilting makes the Quilt!”
This partially finished quilt came to Ideal Stitches with hand quilting stitches in the center medallion block. It was a challenge to prepare this to load on a longarm. The backing was not square or even large enough on one side to cover the quilt top. The piano key border made the outside edges fan out. I spent hours pin basting, then machine basting with a domestic sewing machine. Due to the issues with the backing the outer border was marked for quilting and trimming. I used large machine quilting stitches to stitch in the ditch, add a motif in the center of the star blocks and feather the outside border. The result is a quilt that really came together, (literally). It is going to be an anniversary present for a family member that knew the original piecer and hand quilter. I am thrilled that I had a hand (machine ) in bringing this unfinished quilt to become a cherished gift.
I was given this quilt top and the above photograph and was asked, “Can you quilt this like this?” I said, “No, I can quilt it better”. I omitted the lines around the star points and changed it to a “V” filled with pebbles. The result is spectacular. This was 120 hours of quilting and over one million of hand guided stitches. She was speechless when she saw it.