Pumpkin Bundle and Old Timey are some of the first quilts that I quilted for someone else:
I had done a lot of practicing of other quilting designs, but wasn’t feeling very confident and didn’t want to mess up someone else’s top! You know how you’re about to take that first stitch and feel so nervous you think you’re gonna pass out?
So, because of the more traditional quilt design and because of my nerves(!), a medium size meander was the perfect choice. The quilting would blend in and continue the traditional scrappy feel of these quilt tops.
I call this one Old Timey because my husband loved it and it reminded him of his Grandma. I used off-white thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.
These quilts are another example of same pattern, different fabrics like these.
Because of the fall colors, Pumpkin Bundle is my favorite of the two. I used Superior's So Fine thread in Hawk for the quilting and Hobbs 80/20 batting. If my customers don't already have a name for their quilt, I give them my own name because it helps me remember them.
To keep the meandering the same size as you move along the quilt: After quilting the first section, place your plexigass on the top and trace over your quilting. You can refer to this as you roll the quilt and keep the quilting consistent.
With all the fancy quilting, you may be discouraged because you only feel confident doing a basic meander quilting motif. But take heart, sometimes it's the PERFECT choice!
So give yourself permission to be a beginner and get comfortable meandering!
Fran's Paper Pieced Cats Quilt
This is Fran's absolutely amazing paper pieced cats quilt. She designed the layout of the quilt and had a wonderful idea for the quilting motif - an allover loop-de-loop with yarn balls.
The paw print blocks in the border are a really fun touch and I love the way she incorporated the cute pictures from a pre-printed panel in alternating blocks.
Fran also included the printed cats along the sides and bottom so the quilt ended up the correct size - 110" x 115". This is a big quilt and I was excited and a little nervous about quilting it, but I think it turned out wonderful.
Here you can see the quilt on my longarm and a closeup of the loop-de-loops and yarn balls. What a perfect quilting idea!
Before and after quilting shots of the blue cat. He looks so cute with the runaway yarn all around him. The quilting helps tell the story of the quilt without overwhelming the top.
On the longarm. You can see the quilted and unquilted areas.
The completely quilted top with a peak at the back.
Fran did an amazing job on this quilt
and I'm sure the lucky recipient will love it!
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!