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Monday, July 25, 2016

Lizzy House Meadow Quilt - custom longarm quilting

Erin completed this pretty amazing Meadow Quilt.  The pattern is by Lizzy House and you can only get the pattern if you take the class....Lizzy House was in town this year and the results of Erin's quilt are pretty awesome:

Erin knew a few elements she wanted on her quilt.  She loved the cross hatching and the quilting on the petals that she saw in a photo here: Mel's Quilt.    She wanted something different done in the centre yellow circles as well as the background.   As soon as I saw the background fabric and the theme of the fabric, I thought 'grassy lines'!   The centre yellow circles, I had a few ideas and auditioned them on paper first...
 and then had another idea so tried it directly on the quilt top using my plexiglass:  
 I quilted the grass as I advanced the quilt...once I got to the flowers, I went through and did all of the petals first.   I used my curved rulers to stitch in the ditch around each flower and echo lines. 
Next I stitched all of the figure 8 designs on the centre of the flowers - I alternated directions on each block.  I then went through and quilted the rainbow 'octagons'.  The double cross hatch was actually fairly simple after a few blocks as there were registration points to keep everything nice and even.   I colour matched the thread for each of these blocks....
 Tip:  when doing the cross hatch - working from the bottom to the top or left to right (if possible)  is much easier for ruler registration lines....
 Aren't the rainbows so pretty!  They look like gemstones!  

 The backing fabric is a double gauze cotton.   Double gauze is a thinner and looser weave than regular quilting cotton. It is GORGEOUS stuff and makes super soft quilts. Because it is a looser weave, I learned that it is a bit finicky, and by the nature of gravity - will just 'give' and loosen on its own when on the frame.  So I had a nice flat top, and a backing that was sagging due to the nature of the fabric.  A few of my longarm buddies gave me a tip to spritz the backing from underneath and use a hairdryer from under the frame to shrink it back into place.  A steam iron doesn't work upside me.  the water spills out all over you and the auto off feature kicks in. LOL    I just had to spritz and walk away for awhile, and that worked too.   I then pinned the areas a lot to make sure everything was even, and then quilted the grass....
 I love how the waves lines of the grass show up on the backing! 
 The way the backing was pieced - I was able to centre it almost perfectly with the quilt top.   Pretty chuffed about that :-) 
The Meadow Quilt - Lizzy House
Pieced by Erin F.
83'' x 95''
Superior Magnifico Thread on top,  Wonderfil Decobob thread in bobbin
Hobbs 100% heirloom wool
Hand guided quilting by me on my APQS machine

If you have any questions about this quilt or process always feel free to ask!   

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Modern Custom Quilt - Farmers Market Quilt

 Linda pieced this incredible Farmer's Market Quilt (Laundry Basket Quilt patterns)   I love the neutral colours in this quilt top - especially the pops of blue.    She specified custom quilting, but not too too dense.   I loosened up some of my quilting and still did a lot of texture quilting -  to show off her piecing.
As you can see in this photo -  the quilt has a centre focal point.  
The flying geese were quilted in a way to allow them to stand out.   While the larger triangles had a simple continuous curve and swirl design.   
 Around the centre 'medallion' section,  I quilted around the triangles and the diamond shapes to allow them to pop and give that centre area a frame. 

When I do custom quilting, I try and choose 4-6 designs to use throughout the quilt...this keeps everything uniform and ties all of the quilt together.   
The rest of the photos here are self explanatory -   eye candy.  :-)
Linda did a fantastic job of piecing this quilt.   When things are really accurately pieced and pressed,  it makes the quilting easier, but also allows the way I quilt to show off the piecing even more.   

Thread -  Superior Magnifico thread on top.  Wonderfil Decobob thread in bobbin
Batting -  Hobbs 100% Heirloom Wool
Hand guided machine quilting on my APQS machine.