An Anniversary Quilt

December 21, 2011

Here is another one of Deb's gorgeous quilts.  It's an anniversary present for a friend of hers.  What an amazing gift!  It's a biggie!!!  AND it had the biggest borders to date that I've quilted.  Nearly 10 inches!!!!  Of course I chose to feather those right up!!  Warning...no shortage of pictures here.
Oh, I love these feathers.  Lush and gorgeous!!  I did a simple crosshatch in the narrow white border.  An allover feather type design in the body of the quilt.  It's a feather with a little swirl.  Love it!!
The batting is wool.  My favorite.  It's so light and pliable, plus it really shows off the the texture of the quilting.  If you are hesitant about the durability of wool, don't be.  I recently washed my tumbler quilt with wool batting and dried it till it was crispy.  I know a few of you are cringing at that thought, but I needed to see what would happen.  Nothing.  It's so cuddly.  Even better after I've washed and dried it.  Now the back.  It's a reversible quilt!

All the quilting is freehand.  I used a very light creamy white So Fine thread on top and bobbin, so the back would have that whole cloth look.  Gorgeous.  I knew feathers would look amazing in the border of this quilt.  It's a good thing I love quilting feathers because it was almost impossible to see what I was doing.  This is exactly what it looked like when I was quilting the borders.  No joke.  No trick photography here.
Yes, when I say my blood, sweat and tears go into each of these quilts, I'm not speaking figuratively.  I may need a stronger pair of glasses now.  I felt like I looked like Marty Feldman by the time I was done. LOL!  Scott kept coming in and saying "I don't know how you are doing it."   We did try shutting off the lights and using a sidelight, but it was still difficult.  I could see what I had JUST quilted, but not what I was quilting or where I was going very well.
 I would just switch back and forth from lights on and off.  It ended up being a little more time consuming than I thought it would.  I love how those borders turned out, so it was worth every second!!  I would do it again! Here's a pic before it was quilted.  I almost forgot to take one.
Another beauty that was hard to part with.


So I'm still quilting like a mad woman here.  I've been staying up until 2:00 - 4:00 in the morning quilting lately.  It's starting to wear on me a bit now.  Thankfully I have the best clients in the world!! Everyone has been super patient and understanding.  I admittedly get a big fat E for scheduling quilts.  I failed miserably at that.  I feel terrible about not getting quilts done as quickly as I thought I would.    On the bright side, I learned much about the process.  I'm scheduling myself much more time in between quilts for the future. 

Is everyone ready for Christmas?  I'm as ready as I'm going to be.  Hopefully, I can post some pics of decorations before Christmas.  Oh, figured out the problem with my machine.  Easy fix, just took a lot of time.  I lost a day of precious quilt time.  AND yes, I ordered extra O rings from A-1 just in case I have another melt down again.  :-)

45 comments:

  1. I could just look at this all day! You inspire me to keep working on my feathers! Amazing!

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  2. Oh my goodness, it's another inspired bit (lot!) of quilting - a triumph! I have no idea how you quilt all those feathers when you can see what you're doing, never mind in the half dark! I hope you finish your 'before Christmas' quilting soon and can get a few days rest! (Well, a rest from quilting jobs at least!) Now get some sleep!

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  3. Really lovely. Perhaps soon you can enjoy some quiet time, feet up, read a book...

    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Wow Linda - beauuuutiful quilting... Your client must be delighted with how your wokr is. Wish you lived closer :)

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  5. The quilting is amazing. Feather designs always grab my attention.

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  6. Wow! That quilt is beautiful but your quilting is just amazing!! You sure do have a gift for it! :0)

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  7. The quilting is gorgeous- I think it is the perfect choice for an anniversary quilt. Your description of trying to quilt and not being able to see has been my exact experience too--spending so much time messing with lights on/off this side, that side etc. I have thought I need to get one of those black lights-perhaps that would help (?) and then the quilt is done and I forget about it...until the next time!!
    Hoping you get your customer quilts finished up, get some shut eye and enjoy some Christmas time with your family.

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  8. Those feathers are gorgeous!
    I really hope you can get some rest over the holidays. You don't want to wear yourself ragged.

    I wish for you a very Merry Christmas!

    Hugs,
    Sue

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  9. Gorgeous quilting!! All the feathers look wonderful on this quilt. And I can totally relate to not seeing where you going and try the turn out the lights trick too :)

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  10. Your quilting is awesome. I love looking at these pictures. I only have a 5" space to quilt it. Even if I had a larger space I probably couldn't get feathers like you do. I love this quilt.

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  11. Gorgeous feathers. You can never have too many!
    Merry Christmas!

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  12. My gosh, those corners. . . . . .amazing.
    Merry Christmas Friend.

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  13. One word: AMAZING!!!!!!
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  14. Sorry, but I can't take my eyes off that quilt. It looks like sherbert .What a beautiful gift.

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  15. Your feathers and freehand quilting just amaze me! Your blog is such an inspiration. I'm a newbie to longarm quilting, I can only hope to be able to quilt as well someday! Thank you for blogging!

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  16. Breathtakingly beautiful!! You have created a masterpiece!! And all your clients realize that you can't rush ART!!
    Have a good one!
    Paulette

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  17. OMG LInda, the quilt is beyond gorgeous. It would be much easier and allow you to get more sleep if you would just do a pantagram... but no, not you, you can see all the detail and the hours of labor/love that you put into each of your quilts for your clients. Who wouldn't be patient, knowing what a beautiful creation they are going to get back. Wow!

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  18. Oh Linda - you are the feather lady for sure! You just totally transform quilts to another planet - unbelievable! I'm so glad to hear you washed your wool batting with success, too - I've held off washing any of mine, but now I can! Take care not to run yourself down too much and enjoy the holidays!
    Cheers!

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  19. Girl! you are going to be famous for those feathers you do. Fabulous!

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  20. That is gorgeous quilting, and so beautiful on that quilt, wonderful piece to show off some fancy quilting.

    Debbie

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  21. The quilt is just gorgeous. Love those feathers. Merry Christmas & a fabulous New Year to you & yours Linda. Hugs,

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  22. I love feathers too, and I think your work is fantastic. Like you, I get a big fat E for scheduling of quilts, and I hope I can get better at predicting how long it will take. Love your work, enjoy your Christmas.

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  23. WOW! It's beautiful Linda! I'm terrible at estimating how long it will take me to quilt something too. I've decided to make my best guess, then double it and add 2 hours. This seems to be more realistic so far!

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  24. You are so the QUEEN of feathering!! WOW! I just love looking at your work! You must enter your stuff in a quilt show someday and invite us all to come and feast our eyes. Just think of all of the homes you have beautified with your wonderful gift! Merry Christmas and thanks for the nice comments!!

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  25. Such a beautiful quilt and you are really gifted at the quilting! It looks wonderful!

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  26. Haha! I forgot that I was also going to write that I hope you and your family have a very blessed Christmas! :)

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  27. Another stunner - oh my gosh. I can't stop looking at it! Merry Christmas, girl!

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  28. What gorgeous quilting! I just love those feathers. The border is just amazing. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.

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  29. Linda your quilting is just fantabulous!! Both Fantastic and Fabulous!! Wow! Your quilting has made the quilt! It was beautiful before, but you have made it even more so!!
    I have never used a wool batting before and don't know much about it, so thank-you for sharing your experience with it. I may try using it in the future.
    I hope you can make time for yourself and your family over the Holidays! :0)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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  30. Linda....this quilt is absolutely stunning! You did a fantastic job on it and your feathers are to die for. Love it so much and I'm sure your customer is going to flip out when she sees it and start doing a happy dance. Awesome. Merry Christmas!

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  31. Juicy feathers!! Haven't seen you around much lately, looks like you have been extremely busy quilting beautiful quilts. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  32. WOW - this is so great quilting - I love it.
    Wish you a happy Christmastime :-)

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  33. Oh. My. Goodness. That is gorgeous! I know what you mean. I was fmq-ing, and my quilting sucks, because I could not see my thread for the fabric. It was tough!

    I am starting a new Edyta quilt for my bed. It is going to have a couple rows of big borders. You are going to quilt it for me...with LOTS of beautiful feathers! Okay?

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  34. Well, obviously you could do feathers in your sleep - LOL! I love the soft colors of the quilt - and, as always, your quilting just makes it magnificent! Yes, it was worth it!!

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  35. That is gorgeous. The feathers are beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the photos.

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  36. Merry Christmas Linda!! Awesome feather quilting :-) I hope you are able to get some more sleep this week.

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  37. Your feathers are just the BEST! This is a quilt I know your client will love!
    You wear me out thinking about all the quilting you have done this year! I hope you are keeping count :)
    Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  38. You quilted a great job for not being able to see what you were doing! Your work is fabulous. I love the colors in this quilt - so soft and dreamy. The feathers are excellent; I just can't say enough about what a good job both of you did with this quilt.

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  39. Amazing feathers. Someday when I make a really awesome quilt I will be hiring you. Love your work.

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  40. Linda,

    I wanted to write to tell you how much I LOVED the anniversary quilt. It is spectacular. Last night I gifted it to my friend and her husband and they were both speechless for quite a while. Thanks for helping me make their anniversary so special.

    Deb

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  41. Linda - I am the friend that Deb gifted that BEAUTIFUL quilt to. It is gorgeous!!! You and Deb are very talented women. I was, and still am, speechless. I am so very blessed to have her in my (our) life. What a surprise. She came for a visit and brought some of her quilts to show. I love to see what she has and is working on...she was showing us and she got to "our" quilt and opened it....I feel in love and was about to say that would be perfect in our bedroom, when she said this is one I have put a label on. She brought it over for me to read. I read it and was dumbfounded. I said something stupid like....serious? Are you really serious???? :) LOVE IT and her.
    Thank you for the time and work you put into it as well. Beautiful quilting! Sorry about your eyesite after seeing the patterned fabric!!
    Surprised and Dumbfounded,
    Stephanie

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  42. Just had to come visit again to wish you a wonderful new year Linda! xxoo

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  43. Wow! Those feathers are beautiful! Great job...just stumbled upon your blog since I took some time off over Christmas! Really nice!
    Monica
    www.piecefultimes.blogspot.com

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  44. Oh Wow, I love your Quilts and your Quilting . Great work. So beautiful!!!!
    Sorry for my English.
    Now I will follow you on your Blog.
    Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

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