Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WIP Wednesday #10 baby quilt finish and quilting my first quilt for a customer

Well, it's Wednesday again and I have some fun progress to show.  I got my baby quilt all finished up and  it looks so puzzley and snuggly!  I am very pleased with my first original FMQ design and will definitely use it again on future projects- I am thinking it would look really cool on a much smaller scale- and am excited to experiment with it more very soon.  It measures 44" square and the large scale quilting on it makes it very soft- I am hoping the baby that receives it will really get a lot of use out of it and that the mom will treasure it. 
After completing that quilt I got started on quilting my first quilt for a customer- this has been a very exciting and fun process.  This marks the beginning of my journey as a professional quilter- and I hope to have many more quilts in the very near future.  This quilt is something that my customer made almost a decade ago- It is a Thimbleberries quilt called Fall Folk Art and the colors and folk style are so timeless.  I really enjoy all the detail in the center panel, and decided to quilt around all the motifs so it gives it a nice texture- and looks really cool from the back.  I then chose to do a small scale stipple around them- as they are so tightly spaced I just couldn't get any other design to look right in the space.  This is a really classic quilt and some of my more modern quilting designs would really look out of place on this quilt- so I am trying to let the quilt talk to me and keep it classic.  I could have done a pebble in the center panel instead of a stipple- but I think it would have made it look too modern and competed with all the motifs.  I am very pleased with my progress so far and hope my customer will be too.  Now that I am done with the center I will move to the boarder areas- which are screaming FEATHERS to me- so come back next week to see where that leads.  Feathers are my favorite thing to quilt- so I will really enjoy this next part I am sure.  For any of you that remember me mentioning a tutorial on the puzzle quilting- I promise it will be coming soon- I am working on a new link up for FMQ on my blog and I think the tutorial will be a great beginning for that- so maybe Friday?  Fingers crossed I get it all done by then. 
Stats
Baby Quilt done
Customer Quilt in progress
















As always I am linking to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

14 comments:

  1. Wow, your quilting is amazing! The jigsaw quilting is such a great idea, I absolutely love it!

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    1. Thanks Kerstin- I will be doing a tutorial on how to do it very soon, so please stay tuned, it was a lot of fun and not very hard!

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  2. I love that puzzle quilting! Do you have a long arm or do you use your domestic machine for these? Amazing!

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    1. I use a domestic machine, I have a bottom of the line bernina- nothing too fancy, and it does a fabulous job in my quilting- all of my feats could be done on any domestic machine, but the bernina sure does make a great FMQ foot- thanks for your kind words!

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  3. I'm pretty sure that I told you last week, but I just love your puzzle quilting! Such a great idea.

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    1. Thanks so much, I admire your work too, so I guess we are mutual fans of eachother- I have only been doing free motion quilting for around 10 months and as far as I can tell you are new to piecing (based on what you have said on your blog) - when you find your strengths you have to go for it, for me it is quilting and you are definitely showing amazing talents at piecing. Thanks for your kind words and continuing to inspire me with your fantastic and fearless piecing feats!

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  4. Wow gorgeous quilting! Love the puzzle quilting - what a great idea!

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    1. Thank you Kristy, it has been really fun and exciting to bring something new to the FMQ world- the puzzle quilting was inspired by it's recipient and I am so grateful for the idea and how it turned out.. can't wait to continue to experiment with it...

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  5. Your quilting is just beautiful, an inspiration, perhaps there is hope for me yet!

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    1. Wow, that is more then kind of you to say. I have only been Free Motion Quilting for around 10 months- but I worked very hard to get where I am- there is definitely hope for you or anyone who wants to be good at it- I say practice with reckless abandon and adopt a fearless attitude and you will be surprised where it gets you- your projects are really beautiful too- thanks for checking out my stuff!

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  6. Stunning quilting! I wish I was half as good :)

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    1. Thank you- practice makes perfect- and I practice a lot!

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  7. I love your fmq - truly fab!

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