Judee made this quilt for her grandkids, and it's such a great kid quilt. The pattern is from "Art to Heart", but she has modified it slightly. Still lots of applique, and pieced blocks. Judee chose to use wool batting so it's got a great loft, and I quilted it with a pretty tight all over quilting design. I left some things empty, most of the lettering, and parts of Santa. This way they've are more dimensional from the rest of the quilt. There's an unwritten "rule" as well that you don't quilt over applique. Sometimes though, you have to do some quilting on the applique to keep the batting from shifting as the quilt is used. That's why Santa has a curly beard, and some more swirls in his coat. A few strategic designs in the candy cane and the ornaments. Wish I could be there when the kiddos see this one for the first time.
When Pat and I met for her to drop off her quilt, we talked about quilting designs so that she would know what her quilt was going to look like when I was finished. I found myself quilting along, sticking to the described plan, but then thinking "It needs something else here." So I'd add a little bit. "Oh! I like that." Quilt some more in a different section and realize that it needed more quilting in that area too. I must admit, that I had one vision, and started to quilt it that way, but it was quickly removed. It just didn't work. I'm very pleased with how this turned out, and I surely hope that Pat loves it too.
|This shows the "ghost quilting" along the border.|
|Quilted with pink Glide thread, and a pantograph of butterflies.|
|Lindsay contacted me about making a baby quilt for the newest member of their extended family, Nissen. Lindsay chose the fabric, and transferred the ultrasound photo to fabric. I then pieced the quilt and quilted it for her. What a lucky baby!|