I thought I would test the limits of Blogger, and see how many pictures I can put into one post.
That's another way of saying "I have a LOT of catching up to do here"...
Long ago - on a planet far, far away - I quilted this beautiful panel quilt for my customer. My challenge was to make sure that the quilting was even throughout. She gave me a few instructions which began the process. The end result made her and her husband very happy:
For the outlining in the leafy borders and scenery areas I used Kimono 100 wt. silk on top with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton in the bobbin:
I happened to have the perfect maple leaf stencil in my collection:
I double-outlined it with Aurifil 40 wt. cotton:
Using a different color for the dark veining in the center:
This 101 x 101 batik beauty, below, was perfect for the large-scale pantograph "Bountiful Feathers":
I wanted to use a soft, curvy, evenly-spaced design to lay in the background of the pointy blocks of the quilt. The large border was perfect for showing off the feather design:
Yet the design became less dominant as it crossed into the pieced center of the quilt:
I love the texture:
I chose this purple/green Rainbows #833 "Lilac Bouquet" thread for the top, with a steel-purple Aurifil 40 wt. in the bobbin:
The tension was beautiful throughout the whole quilt.
For a longarmer, there is hardly a better day than when a new pantograph arrives! I've been pining away for "Fern Meander" for years. When I think of the pantographs I've bought instead because they were cheaper, and I hate them now, it makes me question my sanity. When I shop for a panto these days I look for one that uses as much of my longarm's throat space as I've paid for. Fern Meander is huge, and the design is beautifully undulating:
I used Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt. poly thread on this one, with Aurifil 50 wt. cotton in the bobbin - both in a tan color. I had some skipped stitches every so often. So I switched to a size 4.5 needle and it stopped.
Since there were two quilts of similar size from the same customer, I joined the backings together and loaded them as one:
This quilt was asking for the "Garden Frills" panto, and "Tabriz Orchid" Glide thread paired with Aurifil 40 wt. cotton in the same shade:
Now, you would think that was enough for one blog post? But you would be mistaken.
Somehow in this crazy time of summer, I was able to whip up this new bag:
With one of my new labels:
And some much-needed validation: