We often see pictures of quilts with legs on the Internet.
When I am finished a customer quilt–if the weather is nice–I clamp the quilt to the deck railing and take a picture of the finished product. However, the weather lately has been anything but nice and so when the weather does not permit taking the quilt’s picture outdoors, I resort to the quilt hanger with hands and legs. I prefer the 6’7″ model as his height allows for the largest of quilts to be held flat without folds at the floor and his arm span allows for a quilt to be held out nice and wide without wrinkles.
The reason I am showing this first picture is not so much to show the quilt but to show you the attire of the quilt holder – well most of the attire of the quilt holder. You can see the bright yellow Hawaiian shirt. What you can’t see is the bright blue shorts! Notice the bare legs and lack of socks. (He did resort to slippers.) He said he was wearing the outfit to bring about nice weather–if you dress like it, it will come. He felt if he dressed like it was Spring karma would intervene somehow and it would be Spring. If nothing else, his outfit brought a bright spot to an otherwise dull day yesterday. Yes, bring on Spring!
This is Joey–enjoying a moment in the sunshine as it came through the living room window.
And I couldn’t resist this one–all pooped out! Joey looks like he is trying to grab onto that quilt before it decides to go somewhere.
The last customer quilt for Christmas delivery is finished and off the frame! Picture me doing a happy dance!
As I scan through the pictures of the customer quilts that have been finished recently, I wonder how many of these quilts will be under the tree this year, ready to surprise friends and family, ready to wrap the recipient in a warm hug………
One of the things I enjoy most about quilting for others is the stories that go along with the quilts.
This quilt is owned by a self proclaimed non-quilter and non-sewer. The blocks were inherited from my customer’s step mother. My customer set the blocks together using a small floral print fabric that closely matches the time period that the blocks were made. The blocks were hand embroidered by friends and family of my customer’s stepmother. These blocks are old and only one or two people are still alive today that originally made these blocks. This quilt holds great sentimental significance to the owner. I was thrilled to have a part in preserving these memories.
This first picture shows the quilt from the back.
This quilt was quilted exclusively with Circle Lord templates: the heart, the wave, and tiles.
This quilt has Thermore for batting as the quilter was originally thinking of hand quilting this piece. She decided she did not have the time to commit to hand quilting this quilt and so she came to see me. The Thermore makes this quilt extremely light and soft. This is the first time that I used Thermore on the long arm and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
My quilting life has been busy lately. Not only was I working on the wedding quilts for my niece, but I have been trying to keep up to the customer quilts. The first quilt I have to show you is a colour wash sort of quilt–completed by a newer quilter. I think she was so brave to work on all those white triangles on this quilt!
This is a closeup showing the wave quilting pattern which echoed the lateral movement of the quilt. The fabrics were gorgeous!
I received 7 table runners to quilt for another customer. I finished 6 and had to wait for backing for the 7th. It is interesting to see all the table runners together–same pattern, different fabrics. They all have their own unique personality. This customer is ahead on her Christmas projects–she plans to give these all away as gifts during the festive season.
These are pictures of a customer quilt that I just finished. It is called African Coins. The fabrics in this quilt really make the quilt. This quilt was quilted with my Zig Zag template on the coloured fabrics and the Wave template on the black and white fabrics. There were lots of thread changes on this quilt with King Tut variegated thread called Pharaoh’s Treasures on the coloured fabrics and So Fine Charcoal on the black and white fabrics. The back of this quilt was brown flannel which combined with the Hobbs Heirloom batting makes for a quilt high on the cuddle factor scale!