Monday, October 28, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Professionally Quilted


This is my entry into Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival for the 'Professionally Quilted' quilt catagory.  This quilt was started back in 2009 when I first began quilting.  It was a QAL with an AOL group now defunct so I cannot give credit to the pattern/source.

It was a learning quilt:

1.  I don't like to make big quilts, much prefer my minis today.
2.  This was the first quilt I actually bought fabric specifically for a project - need to educate myself on different fabrics, designers, companies, etc.  And I did study that and still do to keep up with things.
3.  I don't do applique well.  Re-pieced the entire center before sending this off for quilting.  The sunflowers were changed to paper piecing (self drafted) and stem/leaves changed out for better applique.
4.  Pressing for better lay and matching.  I took a class on pressing - specific blocks, layouts, fabric types, etc..  It has made a huge difference in my quilting today.
5.  Sometimes you have to let the professional do the quilting.  I don't do large quilts on my home machine.  And the requested light backing by my quilter - really lets the 'frosting' shine.








Details:
Fabrics - top - mottled blender by Blank Industries (sunflowers scraps)
             backing - Home Front by Connecting Threads
100% Cotton batting - Quilters Dream
Glide Thread in cream
Size - 62" x 72"
Quilted by:  Valerie Smith @ Pumpkin Patch Quilter (APQS hand guided long arm machine quilter)
Started March 2009 - Complete August 2013

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

18 comments:

  1. Wow - your quilter did a beautiful job!

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  2. Oh my! This is just gorgeous! I don't think I have seen this one before. It certainly gets my vote. Thanks for posting this one.

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  3. And it was well worth the wait! It's wonderful Sharon! AND yes "the frosting" looks perfect too! :)

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  4. Fantastic frosting! A perfect addition to the quilt festival. You must be so pleased to see this finished and so beautiful!

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  5. oh my Sharon it looks awesome my friend,well done and that quilting just sets it off perfectly.xx

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  6. OMGosh Sharon.....it's absolutely gorgeous!

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  7. Very pretty and the quilting is exquisite!

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  8. The quilt is really pretty and the quilter did an amazing job, I love seeing all of those details.

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  9. What a fantastic quilt ... I like all the different blocks and the beautiful quilting that your longarmer did for you.

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  10. Beautiful quilt and Valerie did a lovely job with the quilting!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  11. The quilt and the quilting are beautiful. Nice reading about the way you have honed your skills.

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  12. I saw this in process over on Valerie's blog and it did turn out wonderful. Congrats on a finish.

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  13. What a beautiful quilt! Your work, and your quilter's work, are both so lovely!

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