Clients hand over their precious quilts, trusting they will come back beautifully finished.
Sure, the quilt is discussed when it's dropped off, but in the end it's truly a leap of faith.
Wedding QuiltMessages, a gorgeous photo, and a huge emotional investment made this wedding quilt absolutely irreplaceable. Not gonna lie . . . that adds a wee bit of pressure!
One challenge was to avoid quilting over the messages while adding enough quilting to hold the seams. The idea of double-bump, continuous curves appealed to my client AND met the challenge. Sometimes simple is best.
|Chalk marks the spot where the bumps need to meet.
My client requested hearts. I had a couple of initial ideas, but nothing felt quite right.
I needed to sit with it for a while until the right idea came along. As I was doodling for something completely unrelated, the perfect idea popped into my head!
|Quilted hearts merge with feathers, but are difficult to see.
I loved how they quilted out, but the hearts didn't really show.
I decided to change threads and use something a bit bolder . . . but they still didn't show.
My client gave me permission to PAINT her precious, IRREPLACEABLE quilt!!!
|Painting the quilt!
Strangely, I wasn't nervous at all. This felt so right.
First I folded the quilt to cover the photo - just in case! A plastic table cloth under my fancy paint palette (margarine lid) protected the rest of the quilt.
I mixed fabric medium into an acrylic metallic paint and applied it with a small, stiff paintbrush. After it dried overnight, I set it with heat to make it permanent.
|Isn't that the most gorgeous photo of the happy couple?
It was the perfect solution - I'm so glad the risk paid off!!!
I love how the continuous curves look from the back. (Actually, I love all of the texture from the back!)
|Yummy texture shows on the back!
I never did get a shot of the whole quilt . . . in case you are wondering, the outside border is filled with feathers to match the ones surrounding the photo.
OH, and I ran across this gem while I was quilting. It may just be the best advice, ever!!!
|Always fight naked!
Speaking of texture . . . here is my paper-pieced leaf after quilting!
Several people have asked for the pattern information. This is the Tea Time Placemat pattern, by Quiltworx.com
This sweet quilt is also Fresh off the Frame!
It laid so flat and straight, it was a dream to quilt.
Well, except for this freakin' nightmare at the beginning!!!
|AUGH!!! Bobbin issue...
I'd cleaned my machine, but didn't wipe out the bobbin casing well enough. Extra lube caused tension issues. Grrrr...!
Luckily I didn't get far before noticing, so there wasn't too much
Drum roll, please . . .These cushion covers (and pot holders) are finished! They look totally amazing now that they are bound.
I took a ton of pictures - NONE of which turned out!
I'm embarrassed to admit that I could NOT, for the life of me, figure out the problem! It finally twigged that the lens on my phone/camera was smudged.
Colour returned to my world and I grabbed two quick shots before these babies went to their new home.
Just LOOK at the difference!
Here is a shot with the smudgy lens.
|Not so gorgeous :-(
It helps to clean the lens...just sayin!
Should have been obvious, but I kept thinking it was the lighting!
Ha! Well, now that you know exactly how I roll, what was I saying about trust???
Would you like paint with that?
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