Thursday, June 8, 2017

Another Finished Quilt and a Happy Customer

I know you all are tired of my quilts....I am sorry....but it is what I do....
I had another customer who is a dear friend...she became a Great Grandma (how did that happen??) and wanted a quilt from my "shop" for the baby. But, what I had wasn't what she envisioned and she wanted it embroidered.
So, I showed her the fabric stash...still nothing tickled her fancy....
So....I took her to the fabric store....
Before hand we went over patterns in my pattern book so we could be focused...because if you aren't you end up buying lots of fabric but still don't have the right choices for the quilt....(because I've been there....)
Anyway, the trick was, she needed the quilt pretty quickly to mail...so.....
I went into over drive...
In about 14 hours, I had these lovely little 6" squares...which meant I had been working with 1 1/2" squares or triangles.....
I laid it out on the table...and she wanted to see...so she could be a part of the quilt process....
She played with the squares and remade a couple (did I tell you she is an artist???)
Then, I got to work putting it together.....
From this solid piece I added another solid border and then it was time for quilting.
Now, if you haven't read my blog before, let me tell you.
I do not have a long arm quilting machine...(would love one, but no no no space)
All the quilting is done on my home sewing machine...it's a fancy machine, but it isn't a long arm.
Doing quilting on a home machine requires basting the three parts; the back, the batting and the top (as seen here) all together to be sewn. (On a Long Arm, the pieces go on rollers and are rolled to together...as sewn...
So, my dining table is my basting area as well...
After basting....
It gets quilted....
And it ends up looking like this....

It turned out quite nice, even though I know all its foibles....I aim to make them perfect, but I do declare, if you know quilting, that some quilts take on a life of their own...
In any case she was happy...
The baby's name was embroidered on the front (before quilting) and I embroidered a label for the back letting anyone who reads it, know who it is from....
I had permission to put my "tag" WildOakDesigns on the label as well....
I am quite happy with how the quilt turned out and with the speed I was able to get it out.
I took me start to finish a week and a half....and that was because life still has to happen...
All in all....roughly 8 yards of fabric....
600 yards of thread (before quilting)
and I lost count how many hours of work....
Well, on to the next one....which is being quilted as we speak...
A patriotic quilt gift for friends who are also celebrating a 40th as we are....
Oh, you wanted to see the quilt I finished for our 40th?? ...Well, next week...that can't be displayed anywhere until the party ....
Have a great day!
Nancy
I am off to finish the quilt in the craft room......

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