Customers come to me through all different avenues. The internet and word-of-mouth are the paths most often used. I had the pleasure of working with a new client named Cindy T. Cindy found me through the internet.
Cindy made a beautiful Star quilt using the scraps she already had on hand. While discussing the stitch pattern for her quilt Cindy indicated that she didn’t want anything fancy. A simple, large loopy pattern suit her just fine. In keeping with her theme of minimalism, Cindy selected a thread that blended with her fabrics.
When Cindy picked up her quilt this is how it looked.
Thank you Cindy T. for giving me the opportunity to work with your quilt. I look forward to doing business with you again.
I follow a blog written by Tierney Hogan called Tierney Creates. Tierney lives on the West coast in an area I once visited. Tierney is well known by her followers for creating art pieces out of repurposed fabrics and fibers. I always like reading about her many adventures. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d get the chance to work with one of Tierney’s quilts. Much to my amazement that day actually arrived.
One of the quilts she made was assembled using denim and scraps of fabric. She calls the quilt Happy Ending. Typically she sends her projects to a local long-arm quilter. This time she decided to let me have a chance. The quilt top was boxed up and sent all the way to my home in Wisconsin. Tierney allowed me to choose both the thread color as well as the quilting stitch pattern. I chose a thread that matched the denim and used a geometric pattern to quilt it.
I had so much fun quilting and photographing her quilt. Choosing which photos to share with you was very difficult because I had 96 candidates. Obviously I’m not going to share them all because it would take far to long to edit that many. Instead I have picked the cream-of-the-crop. Here’s a look at Tierney’s quilt as viewed from the lens of my camera.
Although I am probably my biggest fan, I think the quilting turned out rather nicely. Tierney was very pleased with the outcome as well. She posted articles about her quilt along with an account of our joint adventure on her blog. You may find links to them here, and here.
Being very aware of Tierney’s quest to repurpose items I thought it would be fun to provide her my own challenge. Tucked inside the box used for returning her quilt was a bright orange napkin with an embroidered pink and lime green dragon fly. Tierney wrote about the napkin in this post. In talking with Tierney her initial reaction was to add it to her napkin drawer. After clarifying what my intention was, she laughed and withdrew it from her stash. I believe the bright orange napkin now resides in her studio. Who knows how she will incorporate in a future project.
Thank you Tierney for putting your trust in me. If you ever feel like shipping another project to the dairy state, I’m available!
My friend Barb M. is also a quilter. Creating improv small quilts is her preferred quilting genre. Following a pattern to make a quilt is way out of her comfort zone. One of the first quilts she made was this one called Card Trick. Being made from a pattern is a bit surprising. Her color choices for the fabrics is not. Barb prefers muted tones.
When I received Barb’s quilt it was folded inside a plastic bag. After removing it, making a few repairs, treating it to a careful and thorough pressing her quilt was then loaded and quilted on my long-arm quilt machine. Using a coordinating, variegated thread I quilted a linear pattern on her project. This is how Barb’s quilt looked when it was complete.
Barb was very pleased with how her quilt looked. Thank you Barb for trusting me with your very first quilt. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you.
Deb G. has a talent for combining tee-shirts and fabric to make memory quilts for her family. This quilt was obviously made for a baseball fan. The more quilts Deb makes the more her talents are refined. This quilt is a wonderful display of what she can do with a pile of cherished memories.
For this quilt Deb selected a variety of thread colors. Chosen were red, white and gray. Several stitch patterns were used to compliment Deb’s artistry. Within the photos you will see straight lines, wavy lines as well as bubbles or circles. This is how Deb’s quilt looked when the quilting was finished.
Thank you Deb for your continued patronage! Your quilts are truly amazing!
I’ve enjoyed making quilts for all five of my grandchildren. Some of them were simple quilts made from a single piece of fabric surrounded by a border. Those gave me a wonderful place to practice my long-arm quilting skills as well as being a cozy little quilt suitable for small hands to snuggle. My first three grandchildren were the recipients of those quilts.
After they were finished I decided to make each grandchild their very own lap quilt. Using the same pattern Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs I made five different quilts. These are the first four.
The fifth one was made for my youngest grandchild, Mr. B. With the help of Mr. B’s Mom we chose a color pallet of oranges, blues, white and black. Mr. B was born during the summer of 2016. Even though I started his quilt long before he was born, it wasn’t finished until many months later. Here’s how Mr. B’s very own lap quilt looked when it was finished.
Mr. B’s quilt was quilted with an off-white thread and a geometric stitch pattern. I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. I just love the fabric colors and how the stitch design helped to acentuate their patterns.
My goal of creating a lap size quilt for each of my grandchildren is now complete! Who knows what is next.