Her backing is cranberry colored. It shows off the texture of the quilting nicely (and picks up lint pretty well also). Though you can't see it in the picture, the Bottomline bobbins in cranberry and purple are evident on the backing, giving it just a hint of color. It's a really pretty quilt, and I hope it will be loved.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
This was sent to me by yet another of my many California clients. She teaches the wool applique, and this will be used in her upcoming January classes. I have seen and quilted this style of quilt before, but this one is amazing with all of its details. Every block is loaded with little details to make it unique, from a crocheted edge, to beads (lots of beads!), to embroidery to things I don't even know what to call them!
Monday, December 17, 2012
OK, maybe not sunny, but definitely not snowy. We got our first real dose of reality overnight with about 4" of snow. This morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the kids were still going to school, despite the fact that it was still snowing. At about 10am, though, the school called to announce an early release day at noon. It's not as good as a full day, but I still got nearly 3 hours quilted on a client quilt. I need a full day so I can have an afternoon to wrap :-)
This quilt is all boxed up to be sent home tomorrow. I never got great pictures of it, and figured today which was very cloudy wouldn't yield those. It's very dark and overcast. It's a cute lap quilt, with hexagons hand appliqued all over it. The middle and border fabric is a cutesy print with birds, but not one that shows the quilting really well. I chose do do a very fun and effective free-roaming feather for the border, and a large-scale McTavish type filler in the middle. I hesitate to call it that because it barely resembles a McTavish, but it sets off the applique. Each of the hexie clusters were stitched like different flowers. I know that the owner will love this one when she gets it back!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
This rainy December day finds me in a mood to do nothing, not even sew. There's wash going, and groceries need to be shopped for. Maybe tomorrow. Seventeen days until Christmas and I just don't give a flip. I have come to hate Christmas more and more. It is too commercial. Candies go into the stores on November 1. They can't even get the Halloween candy on sale before they are stocking the Christmas stuff. Stores are mobbed with crazies. I'm not a fan of shopping whatsoever, but somehow managed to go out a couple times this week to try to get started. I'll probably take much of it back in the end. That's the problem with gifts - nobody really needs things. I have no idea what people really want, and I just hate blowing money just to give something. I miss having time with my mother -- something she and I apparently don't share. We never get time together at the holidays, because she always has the other family at her house. During the school year, either I have work to do or her visiting time is only for the kids. Now, things are just a mess and I'm caught in the middle of her obtuse insensitivity. How on earth can someone not see how horribly they are hurting another person? She's upset with me this year, and has decided to go away for Christmas. It's going to break my kids's hearts. This year, I am just mad. Super mad. And right now, I want to stew in it so don't tell me to get over it. Not yet. I deserve to be hurt and upset.
I have some pictures of a client quilt finished recently. It's a Halloween-ish quilt (I think), called Callendula, by Crabapple Hill designs. It has an absolute boatload of straight-stitch embroidery.