Saturday, December 28, 2013

Thanks Donna

Doing edge-to-edge or pantograph quilting is probably the best way to make a profit as a longarm quilter because the work goes faster than custom quilting.  However I'm rarely asked to do that type of quilting, my customers come to me for custom work; it's what I am known for and also what I like to do best.  One of the perks of doing that type of quilting is I get to quilt some really gorgeous quilts.  People bring me their best work, the quilts they want to have quilted specially.


Donna's quilt is a good example of this.  She spent a long time making this quilt and her workmanship is wonderful.  Her applique stitches are so tiny!  Smaller that the sewing machine stitch by far.  This is a pattern called Fantasy Flowers by Pearl Pereira of P3 Designs.



I usually do a minimum of marking but since this is a smallish quilt, I was able to put it on my design wall and chalk in the feathered border so it would be symmetrical.  The chalk I use is just plain old schoolroom chalk - it stays on long enough for me to quilt the stems and then brushes off with a damp cloth.  It's amazing what a difference the lighting makes - this photo was taken with the normal ceiling lights, the rest use photography lights.

Donna's color choices are so pretty - I love the spark of the bright blue, in the swag border especially.


She made a nice wide border and requested lots of feathers - she also mentioned that she likes curved crosshatching.  Hey - so do I!


I really enjoyed quilting this - Thanks Donna!


  1. Really gorgeous work by both you and Donna! Your quilting design perfectly sets off the lovely applique! Love that bright blue too!

  2. Stunning!! I too love curved crosshatching. So many quilters wont do it - I know it takes time but it's so right for quilts like this.

  3. Spectacular! You make a great team!

  4. That is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the curved crosshatch with the feathers; so nice! What type of lighting do you use; pics never show up this well in my studio.

  5. Really beautiful work, your quilting is rich as always, and this quilt is just so beautifully enhanced!

  6. Using my rubber stamp I made for you again..."FABULOUS QUILTING!!"