A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I don’t know what possessed me to choose this design for my fair entry quilt? Here’s what’s taking so long to get it finished… other than that my daughter had to be out of town for a few days and Ladybug stayed with me. It’s extremely difficult to work when a Ladybug want’s Na Na’s full attention.
I wanted a flat background behind the candlewick characters of this quilt. I didn’t want micro-stippling as most people do. I wanted something different. I’m hoping the judges are looking for something different too.
The photo doesn’t show how really dense the stitching is. The line dance of the small circles are about the size of a quarter. I used those to semi-flatten the overall background. The straight lines make the characters pop out nicely. I tried to get a close up photo of how close the lines are but it’s very difficult. I have between 20 and 30 lines per inch. I have my machine set to do about 20 stitches per inch too. That’s a LOT of tiny straight line stitching on a full size quilt. A little over kill maybe but it’s what was required in order to get the look I was after. Can you see how the subtle thread color showcases the character as well as make it pop up?
This quilt has 47 blocks with quilted roses between the blocks. All the roses and the characters have the lines to flatten the background. Here’s a rose before the stitching was done around the rose.
Here’s after. Sorry the photo is so dark. It was late.
I know I’ve neglected my blog lately and now you know why. I had planned to enter another quilt in the fair. That’s not going to get finished. This quilt has to be finished by Friday evening so it can be dropped off on Saturday. I still have quite a bit to do before the quilting is done. Then the binding and the hanging sleeve must be done too. My scheduled quilting work is piling up and my house needs a serious cleaning. If I get everything done that I should do I’ll be too tired to attend the fair. I’ll be back to posting more when this quilt is finished.