Author Archives: Ideal Stitches

About Ideal Stitches

Longarm Quilting Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Shining Star

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Shining Star
Shining Star (front)

Shining Star (front)

Shining Star (back)

Shining Star (back)

Shining Star (close up)

Shining Star (close up)

Every stitch has a story!  Do I start with the fact that this was a first quilting project by long time seamstress and retired home ec teacher and how excited I am that she is venturing into the quilt side of sewing?   Or do I begin with the news that this was made with love for a first grandchild and how delighted I am to be part of this timeless gift?  Or do I lead with the new friendship with this amazing woman and how pleased I am to be commissioned to quilt her first project?  Or do I just let the pictures tell the tale?

Forest Floor Custom

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Forest Floor Custom
Forest Floor Custom (close up 1)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 1)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 6)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 6)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 2)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 2)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 3)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 3)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 4)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 4)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 5)

Forest Floor Custom (close up 5)

Forest Floor Custom (back 2)

Forest Floor Custom (back 2)

Forest Floor Custom (back 1)

Forest Floor Custom (back 1)

Forest Floor Custom (front)

Forest Floor Custom (front)

This 108 x 108 block of the month sampler was a favorite here in Albuquerque.  I have quilted a few with edge to edge designs but this one was requested to be a custom using leaves as the theme.   I have hours of ditch work, computerized motifs, and free motion quilting that come together in a spectacular quilt.

Anchors Away

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Anchors Away
Anchors Away (close up 1)

Anchors Away (close up 1)

Anchors Away (close up 2)

Anchors Away (close up 2)

Anchors Away (back)

Anchors Away (back)

Anchors Away (front)

Anchors Away (front)

Navy blue, white and lime green are a fantastic color combination.  The anchor pattern is quilted with bright lime thread and looks amazing on the blue backing fabric.  This Navy grandson is going to love this quilt!

Ideal Stitches gets a new Design Wall

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Ideal Stitches gets a new Design Wall

This week has been a great week in the studio. I have replaced the hanging flannel and vinyl design wall with a permanent structure. This wall will be perfect for auditioning piece work but it will also double as a photography center for finished quilts. I am thrilled and can’t wait to take more pictures.

Harry Potter

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Harry Potter

Harry Potter (back)

Harry Potter (back)

Harry Potter (close up 1)

Harry Potter (close up 1)

Harry Potter (close up 2)

Harry Potter (close up 2)

Harry Potter (front)

Harry Potter (front)

My daughter was delighted to find these Harry Potter fabrics.  Using the house colors as background fabrics, the quilt top has a chess board layout.  The solid colors also function as negative space to showcase the Harry Potter quilting design featuring Hedwick the owl, a Quidditch broom, the Sorting Hat, Harry’s spectacles and a lightning bolt.

Primitive Blocks and Spirals

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Primitive Blocks and Spirals

Primitive Blocks and Spirals (close up 1)

Primitive Blocks and Spirals (close up 1)

Primitive Blocks and Spirals (close up 2)

Primitive Blocks and Spirals (close up 2)

Primitive Blocks and Spirals (front)

Primitive Blocks and Spirals (front)

The quilting design for this quilt was inspired because the quilt is for a fund raiser for a tribe in South America.  The swirls have great movement and texture and give this quilt a primitive tribal feel.

Witches Cauldron

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Witches Cauldron (close up)

Witches Cauldron (close up)

Witches Cauldron (back)

Witches Cauldron (back)

Witches Cauldron (front)

Witches Cauldron (front)

Spooktacular!   This quilt has thick lime green thread on the backing so that the quilting pattern with spiders and witch hats pop on the dark gray backing.  In contrast, the front is quilted with a thin dark gray thread so that the panel takes center stage.