Sunday, June 23, 2013
Recognizing Long Armers
I posted this photo once before - a wallhanging that was a mystery QAL with my LQS during one of those sports play-off thingies - don't remember which one. It sat stuck to the design wall for a long time as I didn't know how to finish it off and got distracted with other projects.
Yes, it has a mistake - that upper right hand corner - got fixed before it got sent off too.........
Marcia at Crafty, Sewing - she reminded me I had won a quilting with her long ago for a small piece. Off it went and Marcia worked her magic.
What a difference from that flat piece to a lovely quilted finish. I left the thread choice up to her - a nice charcoal grey with a paisley swirl pattern just compliments so nicely.
Here's the back to show off the quilting - thank you Marcia. **I won another quilting with Marcia for the 'Favorite Block QAL' and that quilt is on it's way to her - but she get's to enjoy some family and summer vacation time first - so we will share that one in August.
And this quilt has sat in a tote for ??? years - well, I have only been quilting for 5 yrs, so not as old as dirt. It was an early inter-net find and I don't remember the source or would give credit. I do remember the sunflowers were needle turn applique and I didn't do a lot of applique at the time - so made mine paperpieced, but the stems and leaves are appliqued.
And I think this was the first project I actually bought fabric for specifically. I am so glad I have taken the time to learn about different fabric lines, companies and designers - it has taken my quilting a lot further.
I love the basket blocks , but this quilt would look so much better in other fabrics, BUT - I sent these three photos on to Valerie at Pumpkin Patch Quilter to request her wonderful long arm services. Valerie has some wonderful insite on threads and quilting on her blog - go visit. Within a couple hours she sent me back photos with pattern overlays of what she would plan for this. I know I chose the right person to make this quilt into something wonderful. It is on it's way to her as we speak. And I can't wait to share it's finish!
Do you have a favorite long armer? Do you like to have different long armers play or do you stick to just one? Maybe it's just me, I love different fabrics, colors, patterns, techniques - and I think there is so much talent out there to compliment each one - so I send my quilts off to different long armers to finish playing with them.