All the Geese Ready to Sort
There has been a great deal of juggling this fall in the quilting studio. Both hard and soft customer deadlines, emergency jobs, and ongoing long term projects meant no linear progress anywhere. So frustrating! A part of me wondered if I had anything to show you. As a quilter and a blogger, I sometimes lose my perspective. I see it all everyday, and it becomes old hat. But then there is a moment when a project comes together, and I say, "Wow. I like that!" That's when I know I have something you will enjoy, too. I think this is one.
This is the first of two quilts meant for twin girls. They love pink. The quilts are to be alike, but not identical. Just one more row to add at the bottom. For the life of me, I do not know how I missed it. My goal is to have one of the two on the frame by evening, and both ready by Thanksgiving. It could happen. I will keep you posted. You can read more about these quilts HERE & HERE.
Wrapping Up Old Projects
A customer asked me to quilt this piece some months ago, and I knew I wanted to take my time on it. There were large amounts of empty space. It would involve ruler work, and all the decisions about how to quilt it were left up to me. The hardest thing to decide was how to quilt those checkered triangles so they were saved until last.
I chose a paisley for the blood red border with matching thread. It reminded me of barnacles, and this piece had a water theme. A ditsy curlique was enough in the area with blue, and I chose to stay off the fence.
The houses and lighthouse were simply outlined in matching thread.
I created ripples in the 'water' below these boats, but chose to leave the top one without. I had no edges to create a border in that area. The stars are outlined as are the sails. The brown 'check mark' area was straight line quilted with a small ruler. This quilt is between 15-20 years old, and I was not sure if it was of any significance as a check mark or as houses by a shore. Knowing more about the quilt may have caused me to chose other motifs.
Initially I wanted to put scallops in the large triangles. Little did I know that a ruler of that length would not fit any way except as horizontal on a long arm! After some delay, a friend asked why I didn't quilt it like I had her Costa Maya quilt. And the dilemma was solved!
Why I Explained About the Quilting
On This Customer Quilt
I spent a lot of time as a new quilter looking at how other quilters worked, chose patterns, and also their thread. I asked a few, and they were very generous with their answers. Figuring out how to quilt a quilt is what stops most of us from even trying. I will say there are many, many ways that a single quilt can be quilted, and you shouldn't be afraid to try. I just tried to let you in my own head about why I did this one in this way. It may not be what you would have done, but it pleased me. Think of your own quilts the same way.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
Linking up with~
Cooking Up Quilts
Freemotion By the River
To Do Tuesday
Love Laugh Quilt
Em's Scrap Bag