A while ago I had the pleasure of quilting Elisabeth B’s beautiful Christmas quilt. The quilt, with its unusual design, was a joy to work on. I had a blast creating an explosion of surprises from top to bottom and side to side.
Karen had made a quilt top for her granddaughter. Her initial plan was to do the quilting on her own. She had even decided on and purchased the thread for stitching but then Karen had a change of heart and decided to entrust the quilting to me.
Karen and I spent a great deal of time exploring her project discussing the possible stitch designs as well as colors of thread. By the time Karen left we had created a carefully orchestrated, detailed outline. The number of stitch patterns as well as the volume of thread colors meant the quilting process would be slow. From start to finish I invested 28 hours in Karen’s project.
It wasn’t until the final stitch was applied and I was able to remove the quilt from my machine that I could finally absorb the quilt’s gorgeous appearance. Karen’s quilt top would have been magnificent even without my stitching but the plan we mapped out together complimented her project in a way that I never could have imagined. I was so in awe!
I’ve been patiently waiting to reveal Karen’s beautiful quilt until after Christmas since the quilt was meant to be a surprise. Now that the coast is clear I am so excited to share my photo’s.
I can’t wait to hear how Karen’s granddaughter reacted!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed seeing Karen’s quilt. Let’s do this again real soon!
15 thoughts on “Karen M’s Bow Quilt”
Wow they are both so beautiful!!
AJ, Awe! Thank you so much! 🙂
I can attest personally to the awesomeness of your long arm quilting, and here are more examples! I love the first one and the second on this post – the back of the second quilt you showed is AMAZING! It would have made a gorgeous whole cloth quilt! I am keeping you in mind for future long arm quilting 🙂 Happy New Year!
Tierney, you are so very kind! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I would agree with the whole cloth observation. I thought the same thing. I am always available to help you out. Happy New Year to you as well! 🙂
A beautiful work of art!
Awe, you are so sweet! Thank you for sharing your appreciation! 🙂 Warm wishes to you on this cold day in January. Brrrrrr 🙂
I’ve been working on improv blocks…cutting, sewing, recutting. I’m enjoying the process. But I have a question about seams. There are seams going in all directions . Do you press seams open or go with the flow of the different directions?
Woohoo! Way to go! That’s a great question. If I’m accumulating a lot of bulk then I start pressing my seams open. Otherwise I let them go where they want to go. 🙂
Dawn, Thank you! ❤️
What lovely work by both of you! The back really shows off the detail. Thanks for sharing!
Melanie, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Thank you also for your very sweet compliment. I felt so blessed to be able to work with Karen’s quilt. She is such a talented sewist. 🙂
WOWEE!!! Look at the back of that quilt. It looks better than the front – look at all those gorgeous stitches. You two did this quilt up proud. How could her granddaughter not absolutely love it. Oh, I can just feel how wonderful that quilt feels from here. I just want to snuggle under it. Really beautiful job, Cindy. ~smile~ Roseanne
Roseanne, you are so kind. Karen did a magnificent job creating her quilt. I feel so blessed for having had the opportunity! Thank you for visiting and for sharing your special comment! 🙂