Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I've been a bad bad blogger....

Hello Friends,
Sorry to have been absent for so long.  I have been very busy finishing up my customers quilt and haven't had the time to say hello in 3 weeks.  I haven't had much time for anything other then quilting this labor of love- and deciding as my customer is a blog follower and I wanted an element of surprise I haven't had anything else to share either.  But now that she has received her finished quilt and given it to a very lucky high school graduate I can share breathe again and share my progress.  I was sad to see this quilt go and apparently it was hard for her to part with as well- here's hoping that the new recipient cherishes it and can feel all the love that it's creator and it's quilter put into it.  My customer had this quilt in mind for a year before giving it, and found a very special pattern with encouraging words in it- perfect for a young girl starting a new chapter in life.  She chose Kate Spain's Terrain fabric for the piecing and highlighted it with a special sea turtle batik which is the graduates favorite animal.  I love how personal she got with this and how much it honors it's new owner.  The back was a giant family tree panel which was another personal choice and ultimately it is a celebration of the graduate and surely will be something she grows to love even more as she goes through her journey in life.

I took my cues from the sea turtles and decided to quilt watery designs to enhance that theme.  I chose a different design for each of the 6 different fabrics and quilted them on a fairly small scale which gave the quilt a very textured look.  While typically I would prefer to match the threads to the fabrics on this I had the back family tree to think about so I had to use a color that would work for both sides.  I chose a cream thread that blended very well with the back and worked well on the front too.   This made things a bit more stressful though as my quilting was very visible on most of the fabrics on the front.  I do love a challenge though and did my best to quilt it precisely so all that visible quilting would enhance the design of the quilt.  It took more time then I originally intended but I got it done just under the wire of the deadline and was so pleased with myself for finishing it on time.  The designs I used included a mussel shell design, bubbles, fish scales, small scale stippling combined with quilting around the letters, swirling water, and a looser stipple.  I had a hard time choosing which designs to quilt and ultimately think my choices worked pretty well.  I hope you all enjoy seeing this quilt and promise not to stay away so long in the future!


  1. Ah but we forgive you because you have done such an amazing job on this beautiful quilt. What a special gift for a little girl!