As I stated in an earlier post, I have been a quilting maniac. I’m playing a little catch up with client quilts from when I was sick. I’m not totally caught up, but I’m getting there. Thank goodness! Thank goodness all my clients have been super understanding as well. 🙂 All the quilts I’ve been working on recently have been custom quilts. Custom quilting, while I love it and I love doing it, it takes the most out of me. It’s a mental as well as a physical workout! I wished it was more of an ab workout! LOL!! I’ve been noticing that I’ve been quilting on my toes. I have no idea why, but I’m developing calves of steel! 🙂 The funny thing is I don’t even realize I’m doing it.
In between custom quilts, I recently quilted an allover quilt for my client and friend, Patti. Patti also made the beautiful braid quilt I quilted here. I love it.
Of course I love it because it’s a Schnibbles pattern!! The pattern is McGuffy by Carrie Nelson for Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. I believe she used a couple of Charm Packs and yardage from Wee Woodland by Keiki for Moda. I don’t think I loved this fabric before, but now that I see it in a quilt…I love it!! Both Patti and I agreed that these fabrics would make a great Fall quilt. Patti made the quilt a bit larger by making the borders a little bigger.
I went with a freehand allover loose swirl, which I think was nice compliment to the quilt. It’s the first time I’ve quilted this design. I was a little nervous, but it was a ton of fun to quilt. It was nice to change things up from custom quilting briefly.
I will definitely quilt this design again! I’m very happy with how the swirls came out.
The backing fabric is super cute! Patti supplied the batting, which was a Hobbs Heirloom 80/20. She pieced it together using that fusible tape stuff for batting. It worked quite well. I didn’t have any issues quilting over it. I used a light green So Fine Thread from Superior.
I get a lot of emails asking about my freehand quilting. What do I do? Practice, time and patience. I don’t even really have time for doodling anymore, so my practice is just quilting. The more I quilt, the better my quilting gets. I saved all my first practice pieces. Once and a while, I like to take them out and glance over them just to see how far I’ve come. It even amazes me because I don’t realize it day-to-day. This is my very first practice piece from the day my machine was set up. My very first swirls…
Yikes. They look like snails. 🙂 We all start somewhere. It’s easy to get frustrated at first, heck I still do. It’s fun to look back and see progress, but really it gives me an appreciation. And a good laugh.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!