A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I was working on customer quilts but simply had to take a few days to make a quilt for my newest grand daughter due the end of March.
I started with making the drawing. I draw cartoon style. Next I darkened the lines with a black marker so they are more visible for the other steps.
This is raw edge applique so I traced the pattern pieces onto fusible web. The fusible pattern pieces were ironed to the various fabrics and the pieces cut out.
I pinned all the pieces onto the original drawing on a design board. I needed to be sure all the pieces are there before ironing it to the background fabric. I choose a white background with a pink backing.
The background and backing fabrics are from sheets in my stash. Anytime I’m thrift store hopping I look for quality sheets to use for my personal quilts. Finally its on the machine. I did a ribbon meander in the background.
This one gets many thread changes because, well, I like that for my own quilts.
I used various overall (background) designs to quilt it.
Without the extra stitching the doll would be puffed out, wrinkly, and strange looking. Even the hair has a texture design to represent curly hair.
I decided to add a special surprise on the quilt. The baby’s name stitched into the top background. I like adding little touches to quilts. It says “Alivia.”
Finally the quilting is finished and the binding work is getting done. Machine sewn to the back, hand sewn to the front. I used fabric left over from the backing for the binding.
The baby shower was yesterday and I finished it the night before. My daughter didn’t know I was making the quilt. She stood up to show everyone what it looked like. See my grandson Spanky in the striped shirt on the left in front of her?
All the youngest kids were running around playing. Spanky stopped, studied it for only a second, then ran up to hug the newest kid to arrive. Yes, he’s a hugger.
Spanky’s hug of approval was the best compliment I could get. Wouldn’t you agree?