Summer has finally made it here. And with quite a splash, I
might add; very hot and dry. Despite the weather, I am
quilting along, trying to complete some orders.
Judi made this quilt for her daughter. It has over 3,000
pieces in it. And over 350 identical blocks. Now that is
a labor of love. I hope her daughter likes it because it
is very stunning.
Judi wanted an overall design that resembled paisleys,
due to paisleys being on some of the prints on the fabric.
Isn’t it amazing where some sources of inspiration come
Did I mention that this quilt is also very big? It is
huge!!! The backing fabric is pretty cool, in and by
I really love the swirls on the back. I used a cream
Omni polyester thread for the top and a black
polyester thread on the backing. As usual, tension
always seems to give me headaches during the summer
months; it seems thread doesn’t like humidity at all.
Helen brought me this quilt and I quickly became
giddy with appreciation when I saw all the hand
embroidery that she had done. The quilt is composed
of all the provincial flowers of Canada, minus Iqualit.
The panel was bought prior to Iqualit becoming a new
territory. When I first saw the embroidery, I asked
Helen if she had an embroidery machine. “No, I just did this
because I had the time and I enjoy it.”
Wow!! This is truly a labor of love. Her hand embroidery
In the background, Helen wanted a tight stipple so that the
embroidery would pop. And that is exactly what happened.
“Keep it simple” was the motto going through my mind as I
worked on this quilt. Helen hasn’t seen it yet either so I have to
finish cleaning up the loose threads on the back.
I tried to keep the designs and the quilting simple so I
could make sure that Helen’s embroidery would be in
the lime light and shine.
In the sashing area, I quilted in straight lines, again
I SID around all the flowers too and the embroidery so
that it would add more dimension to the quilt.
In the stars, I did a little more fancy quilting, just to add
a tad bit of interest and I couldn’t help myself.
Helen mentioned that she wanted a classic cable design
in the outside border. In the inside, light green border,
I quilted in feathers. Another classy choice as well.
Helen likes them too so all is well in my quilting world.
I love, love, love the backing. All that texture
The cable border looks fantastic.
I used a monofilament clear thread for all the
ditch work. A cream for the background block
fills and 2 shades of green for the borders.
On the backing, I used a cream Omni polyester
thread. I hope Helen likes it as much as I do.
Have a great week.
3 thoughts on “Happy Summer…”
Two very very interesting quilts, and wonderful wonderful quilting. I have enjoyed my visit and spent some time looking back through your work just lovely Cheers Glenda
Great quilting, I love stories behind these two quilts and hand embroidered? wow! I thought that was machine quilted when I first looked, what a lot of work 🙂
Yes, the hand embroidery does look amazing!! Thanks for checking out my blog.