Miss L’s Quilt is Finished

I’m very happy to report that Miss L’s quilt has finally come to completion. Many, many hours, loads of stitches and lots of love went into the quilts creation. If you are curious about the journey it took from start to finish you may read about it here, here and here.

With the quilt finally finished it was time to decide when and how she would receive it. I tossed around various options; then ultimately decided to give it to her before setting out for my Creating Free-Form Quilts retreat.

Plans were made with her mother to meet at a park. The “aledged” purpose was to enlist the assistance of my grandchildren to photograph what they thought were quilts meant for other people.

When I arrived at the park they were actively playing on the playground equipment. Once they discovered I was there they came running over to greet me.

The quilts were safely packed inside plastic bags secured with a fabric bow. Each quilt was carefully removed from its bag and stretched out on a bed sheet that had been placed on the grass. The sheet would protect the quilts from getting dirty.

My grandchildren, at this point, still had no idea they were the lucky recipients. As I snapped photo after photo I turned over one of the corners revealing a quilt label. The expression on their faces, as reality began to sink in, was priceless.

Of course each one of them was very excited to receive a quilt. There was one child that overwhelmingly expressed her satisfaction, and that was Miss L. I know this because her mother shared with me the comment she made as they drove away. Miss L said,

I always hoped that Nana would make me a quilt. She makes such nice quilts. :o)

How special to hear those sweet words!

Pictured below are photos of Miss L’s quilt along with a pillow that I made from leftover fabric.

Miss L Quilt Delivered

All Smiles!

Miss L Quilt Overview

Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt Swirls Swirls on Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt PaisleyPaisley’s on Miss L’s Quilt

Miss L Quilt FlowerA Flower for Miss L

Miss L Pillow

Sweet Dreams!

Cindy Anderson


Orange and Raspberry Sherbet

Another New Customer –

I had the awesome privilege of meeting yet another wonderful customer by the name of Pamela R. I made her acquaintance late in the summer of 2015. Pam was fairly new to the area. She had moved here after returning to the United States.

Small World –

When Pamela came for a visit she brought with her several very lovely wall hangings. The wall hangings were created using a method I was very familiar with. She followed the teachings of Carol Ann Waugh through her class called Stupendous Stitching.

I loved every single specimen she shared. There wasn’t a one that I wouldn’t mind hanging in my very own home. As Pamela shared her beautiful items I also had the opportunity to share projects that I had made by the same instructor through her class called Stitch & Slash. Sharing this common thread initiated a unique bond between the two of us.

We Continued On –

Pamela also brought with several quilts. One by one we removed them from her bag and examined their qualities. There was one quilt, in particular, that I instantly fell in love with. It’s the quilt I have named Orange & Raspberry Sherbet (more about the origin of the name later).

When Pamela unfolded and revealed its structure as well as the fabric’s colors I just couldn’t turn away. I found myself surveying every square inch, absorbing all of the patterns and details. There was nothing about the quilt that I did not like.

Which One –

While conversing with Pamela about the quilt I was secretly hoping this would be the one she would hire me to work with. However, Pamela had a different quilt in mind. The quilt was meant for a friend living outside the U.S. If we could coordinate its completion, with a possible opportunity for private transportation to the foreign country, she wanted that quilt to receive priority.

Pamela left that day with all of her belongings. Plans were made to receive the intended quilt sometime later.

Too Late –

The next time I talked with Pamela the window for transportation of the planned quilt to its foreign destination had closed. With that opportunity gone Pamela made the decision to let me work on the Orange & Raspberry Sherbet quilt instead. What a wonderful change of events.

Plans Were Made –

When next we got together we discussed the customary questions involved in planning a long arm quilting job. Pamela indicated that she had no preference toward the stitch patterns to be used. She did however, select a variegated King Tut thread to be used while quilting.

The Origin of the Name? –

The thread is the reason why I have nicknamed the quilt Orange & Raspberry Sherbet. Once I began stitching designs on Pamela’s quilt the thread instantly reminded of eating rainbow sherbet as a child. The pinks, oranges & yellows coordinated so perfectly that it was as if I had intentionally purchased this cone for her quilt.

A Blast! –

I had a blast working on Pamela’s project. The combination of the stitches, the yummy colors woven throughout the thread, along with the fabric all worked in unison to create a spectacular outcome.

It’s All Good! –

When Pamela and I met again she fell in love with her quilt all over again. Everything about the finished product was exactly as she would have wanted. Her overwhelming approval will hopefully serve as a launching pad for additional quilts to come my way.

Let’s See –

Let me introduce you to Pamela R’s Orange & Sherbet Quilt.

Vital Statistics:

  1. Quilt size = 65″ wide x 81″ Long
  2. Hours spent quilting = 9 hours and 49 minutes
  3. # of stitches applied = 276,322
  4. Thread color chosen = King Tut # 403 Harem
  5. Stitch patterns used = paisley, swirls, bubbles

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Fragments: The Last Quilt in A Long Line

Last One This is the last quilt in the Blue House series. By the time I made this one there weren’t many fragments left. The pile of remaining scraps gave me the inspiration for this quilt’s name, FRAGMENTS. If you look closely you will find tiny remnants of the original quilt. They are kind of hard to find but with a little effort you will discover their whereabouts.

Size Doesn’t Matter The quilt, while small in stature, makes a big statement. It is a visual reminder of how even the tiniest of scraps can become a very important part of a much larger invention.

Time to Finish Just like the quilt called SPLIT PERSONALITY this quilt or wall hanging (what ever you want to call it) has been buried in a pile of UFQ’s (unfinished quilts). When it finally resurfaced I was more than ready to see it through to the final quilting steps. Since this project is quite small, measuring only 23″ x 36,” it didn’t take very long to quilt it. I kept the number of stitch patterns to a minimum to allow the quilt piecing to take center stage. Now that the quilting is finished all that is left is a binding and a hanging sleeve. Take a look at the photos below.

The End of a Series This brings to a close my BLUE HOUSE series. While it’s been a long journey it certainly has been a fruitful one. So many wonderful quilts came out of my original quilt top. I’ve had a great time sharing my journey of re-creation and I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

If you are interested in revisiting the journey from day one until now, you may do so by following this link.

Vital Statistics

  1. Quilt Name – Fragments
  2. Size – 23″ x 36″
  3. # of Stitches applied – 56,516
  4. Time spent quilting – 2 hours and 12 minutes
  5. Thread color used – Perma Core Black
  6. Stitch patterns used – Swirls, Flowers and Feathers

Thank you for stopping by! Your visits are always appreciated!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting