December is just pumping out the custom client quilts. With kids out of school and a period of no quilting coming, I am plugging away at my backlog of custom quilts before the January batch arrives. None have come in for 5 or 6 days...must be a sign that people are feeling the need to shop instead. I've got enough right now to get me into the dead of winter, but each quilt is different. And each is a joy to quilt, so keep them coming!
This one just went home to northern California today. I have no idea whatsoever what pattern this was made from, or exactly when she made it. She had started hand quilting it and removed those stitches to send it to me, feeling that it may be years to completion otherwise. The design is so incredibly quirky and differet, that I just love it. It is really fun to quilt pieces that you haven't seen 14 other people make and quilt.
The block backgrounds are made of 4 pale blue/ivory prints. They may be vintage, but I'm not sure. They are thinner, and seem kind of old-fashioned, but what do I know. Her needle turn applique is excellent. And the selection of materials enormous. I was initially planning to quilt in some colors on top of the leaves (add some veins) and other fruits, but realized it would take 6 green threads to blend this with all of the colors of leaves she used. I opted for the monofilament outlining instead. This allows the applique to shine, and to have a slight bit of poof. I only quilted on top of the applique fruits in a few cases, when they were just too big to leave. And in one of these cases, I still did not because the fabric from below was shadowing unfavorably. Hard choices.