Thursday, November 12, 2015

Barbara's Quilt Finished


A little late to sharing, but yay!  Barbara's quilt is finished and by now should have made its way home.  :)  I had so much fun quilting this - and I know I say that frequently but I really do love my job, and I really DO enjoy quilting quilt tops up for folks!


Barbara had been concerned that her top might be too plain for fancy quilting - I'm so glad she decided to send it along despite that concern.  The truth is, for most of us machine quilters who do a lot of custom work, the simply pieced tops are our FAVORITE.  The ones that have a lot of negative space give us the most opportunity for creativity.


Barbara sent along a few photos of quilting she had see online and requested something with a similar feeling.  I can at times recreate quilting, but often times it works best for me to see a photograph of what you like and then create something new and fresh but with a similar feeling or style.  So that is what we did here.  Because the photo she sent was a tad difficult to draw directly on I opted to recreate her blocks and share with her my ideas for each section of the quilt.


 
I almost always ask for the tiniest bit of creative freedom even when a mock up is approved.  Just like any plan, sometimes ideas look better on paper than in reality.  Or, what happens more often with my work, is that I think up little details to improve on a design as I'm working.  Sometimes those little gems are what really set that quilting design off.



Barbara requested two layers of my Hobbs 80/20 batting.  For most show quilts I like to use wool layered over Hobbs, but I find that 80/20 in double layers quilts up very nice too.  Wool is slightly lighter and has a filling quality that 80/20 doesn't.


I used Glide in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.  I do love this combination for appropriate quilts.  As a general rule I prefer a fine top thread for dense quilting - but this quilt in particular has dense and medium/light areas of quilting and I wanted the heavier thread to compensate in those areas with less quilting to give it a more even feeling.


All in all I am very please with how this one turned out!  I think I always spot a few things with each quilt that I will do slightly different on the next...but I still think it turned out quite drool worthy!  :)

8 comments:

Beth Maitland said...

As always, your ideas are so pretty and well executed. I know she'll just love it, and you did a fabulous job. hugs, Beth

Maria said...

Thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us!! You are awesome! (Or what's left of you...looking good!)

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

It worked, I'm droll Img!

Leeanne said...

Fabulous! Loving the textures!

Michele said...

It really did turn out fabulous. Nicely done again.

Soapstone Quilts said...

It is always a treat to see your work! Another beautiful finish!!

Anonymous said...

beautiful......how do you handle it when folks borders are wavy.....this one looks perfect............

gloria g. in Port Saint Lucie, FL

Average Quilter said...

Awesome