Personal fan or not, when someone special in the family is a fan you endure and make them a quilt! So the customer made this for a special upcoming birthday.
And special-ordered the football pantograph for me to use for quilting!
Oh, this was the closest I’ve ever had to get by at the end. I changed the way I had it loaded so I could get my quilting to the edge of the quilt. Wowsers! (Just 1 inch to spare before it is quilted to my frame!!) The customer is my friend and had warned me that she made a change in the top plan and it might be close. We had a good smile over this!!
This is a Disappearing Nine-Patch pattern in a very random and scrappy layout. Out of the 441 squares needed to start the quilt, only a few are repeated and used more than once. The way this pattern goes together, the fabrics repeat in some places but only 4 times for 49 fabrics. Otherwise, nearly all the fabrics are different.
Pieced, quilted, binding on, and washed.
Gold variegated King Tut thread by Superior Threads.
With all the squares and rectangles on the piecing, I quilted circles with hooked feathers randomly as I went along the quilt. Then I filled in the other areas with loops and spirals.
One circle has a script L for the customer. I don’t know if she’s found that yet!
Ready to be shipped and loved!
Wholecloth, my hand-dyed fabric, my design, freehand quilting, … is there more to say?
For a sweet great-nephew who has been waiting awhile for his quilt.
100% cotton top, 100% Hobbs cotton batting, 100% cotton flannel on the back. So warm & cuddly as I hand-sewed the binding down in the evenings.
And he likes it! So precious.
This quilt is a special order for her MIL for Christmas.
Her suggestions were: greens, browns, nature-y, with a splash of red. I used a purchased pattern that I altered for the splash of red and love this so much I have 2 more planned in other colors to sell.
A special label with all the family names.
Close-up of the quilting. I just played with the machine and had leaves, feathers, and vine/swirls for the quilting.
This customer found the pantograph online that was perfect for her quilt.
She stitched the brand-name embroidery sections from a licensed distributor. Then she used a purchased pattern and her fabrics. I think it is a fun quilt.
It was a great Christmas gift for her to give!!
And he likes it! Win – Win!
I have some great-nephews that aren’t such babies anymore still waiting on baby quilts from G-Auntie J. One is done and delivered!
Accuquilt 12″ die pattern called Windmill. Speed cutting and easy piecing.
This border fabric begged for mitered corners!
Then I played with the quilting. A variegated yellow-ish thread was fun!
The little man on his quilt!
This quilt is for her son’s graduation and he helped with pattern selection, fabrics, and the quilting ideas. They make a great team! While this was waiting for a turn to be quilted, I had it hanging in my studio with all the waiting quilts. It was a joy to walk in my room and see the dramatic color and piecing of this hanging there.
While this was waiting for a turn to be quilted, I had it hanging in my studio with all the waiting quilts. It was a joy to walk in my room and see the dramatic color and piecing of this hanging there.
Together they decided on variegated thread and a stars design in the quilting.
Even ready to be shipped out in a box, the quilt is lovely!
This quilt is a for a friend of mine that doesn’t quilt but delights in following God’s leading of how she shows love & mercy to others. I said I wanted to make her a quilt and her only idea was that it be purple, black, and white. I was pretty sure that would be all she’d say which made me laugh when that was the reply I received back from her! I knew just what to make!
Just the blocks laid out on my floor for arranging.
It is a planned Disappearing Nine-Patch pattern in that I purposely arranged the 9-patch units so that my dark purples would be the trail going through the quilt diagonally and the white with black fabrics would be the rectangles. (The purple for my friend and the more predominately white fabrics in smaller pieces since she has kids. 🙂 )
All quilted, binding on, and washed for presentation.
The backing is pieced too for extra fun!
I think labels are super important! Sometimes I put the label on before quilting and sometimes afterwards. Your choice. If you have it on the backing already, please be sure to alert me when you bring the quilt in for finishing.
Personal delivery… the best! 🙂
I wish I could see her more often.
What a fun time when a dear friend brings her friend who needs a top quilted! We enjoyed our visiting time and they also got a studio tour while here. This beautiful quilt is for her bed and she did a wonderful job on the piecing. She asked for a medium meander for the quilting all-over.
I think she did this as a block of the month. There is wide sashing and corner posts and a very wide border. I assume the pieced top is just right for the top of the bed. The bottom right block as the Underground Railroad story.
My favorite block ~
This pattern is from a new book, Vintage Quilt Revival. This quilter used new linen-like cotton fabrics now available in quilt shops and they are so pretty!! Great visual texture and they feel wonderful. Look for them at your local quilt shop.
This is all hand-guided free hand quilting customized to her wishes. Of course, all hand-guided quilting has a touch of uniqueness to the quilter, much like hand-writing has a bit of each individual that shines out.
I really loved watching this quilt come to life as I quilted it. With the name, Spiced Chai, and the quilting on Monday morning, I was reminded of a warm mug of hot cocoa… and had one for a snack later!
My great-niece saw some photos of this quilt and just couldn’t choose which color in this area she liked best!
The blocks are 15″ and the quilt is 60″ square. Lovely, simple, modern. This pattern would be so unique to you depending on your fabrics.