Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beth and her excellent applique skills!

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So, first off - this quilt is Beth's. I have quilted several quilts for Beth and it is always a pleasure to quilt for her.  She makes me think that hand applique might eventually be fun to try ;-)  Her skills are just amazing.  This quilt pattern is called Stevie's Garden by Susan Smith and it has almost 650 applique pieces, WOW!!! I know it takes patience to quilt, but hand applique must take so much more patience.  I am always so impressed with quilts like this.  They are so beautiful!

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I have to apologize if the quilt looks a little blueish - the background is white fabric, but I took these pictures when the clouds were out and it changed the colors. I did my best to fix them. Anyway - the quilt took me 17 hours to quilt - my back aches, but it was so worth the pebbling. I used Magnifico #2003 for the top thread and So Fine #401 for the bobbin thread - the thread worked nicely together.

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Because there are a lot of circle applique shapes in this quilt, I wanted to add large quilted circles in the filler.
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It is always tricky to quilt around applique and time consuming to go in between each little leaf, but again - so worth the effort.
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Close up of the large circles with a swirl in every other one.  I love the look of the extra detail to the circles.

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Random swirls throughout gives the quilting more character - that is why I love free motion quilting!

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I just love this!

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More close ups of the circles.

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And, it is always tough to pick out a favorite section of my quilting when it comes to a random design. But, this swirl just worked out so perfectly that I think it is my favorite part of the quilting :-)

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And the back - love it! Because the border fabric was so busy - in a good way - I just did my free motion feather swirl. When you can not see the quilting, no sense in doing a custom quilting job in that area, right?

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Some of you have asked for a video tutorial on this filler - I will do that, eventually.  Sorry, it is a little crazy right now so I will let you know when I get a chance to quilt this filler again.

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Last, but not least.  I love the texture difference between the border and the inside of the quilt. 
Thanks for letting me share!

62 comments:

Kimberly said...

Just amazing! One day - one day - I will have something professionally quilted. Your work is so inspiring!

Kate C said...

As always, so inspiring ! I love seeing your quilting it always gives me news ideas and new things to try...I can't do anything remotely as nice, but it gives the push to keep trying. Thanks so much for sharing!

Barb said...

Beautiful as always!!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

very nice applique and your quilting like usual is very nice and appropriate to the quilt design. How many quilts do you do a week? It looks like you put a lot of time into each quilt you do.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Just Stunning Judi

•stephanie• said...

beth and her excellent applique skills have definitely met her match in judi and her excellent machine quilting skills.

simply spectacular!

KaHolly said...

Exquisite!! Both the quilt top and the quilting!! You've both certainly raised the bar!

Judiquilts said...

Judi thanks for yet another inspiring quilt. I can see why you're so in love with that filler - it is just delightful.

NMSue said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your work is incredible!

Teresa Silva said...

Wowzers! You've done it again. This quilting is amazing and I absolutely love how you did the outside border. Awesome job!

Barbara B said...

Fantastic! A great to was made spectacular with your artful quilting!

Barbara B said...

A great "top", of course!

adailydoseoffiber said...

Stunning! Both the applique and your quilting are amazing. I very much like the plain circles and then the swirly ones....

Joy said...

Just beautiful! I so look forward to your posts showing your work - inspiring!! Thank you for sharing the pictures of the finished masterpiece with us. :)

Leeanne said...

Mmmm, mmmm, magnifico!!

Colleen said...

Oh my! Simply stunning!!! Your quilting is so beautiful!

Tamie said...

This is amazing- both the applique and the quilting.

Karen said...

Amazing as always - does this quilt have 2 layers of batting?

Caro said...

Your quilting skills are just amazing. My brain just doesn't work that way. Just wanted you to know.

Jenny said...

Just gorgeous Judi! AMAZING!!

♥Duff said...

wow, what amazing work(wo)manship! The applique is extraordinary and you have enough vision to add quilting without overpowering the original design. A real masterpiece!

Vickie said...

Oh please please share! We all love your quilting and can learn so much from you!

Jane S. said...

You always do such a wonderful job! Your quilting enhances the design and adds so much visual interest. :)

Christa Marcotte said...

Superb work by you and the owner!!!!!

Sarah Craig said...

Oh my goodness, Judi! What a fabulous quilting job!! I love looking at your work - it's like a great Master's Class!!

~Diana said...

Judy, you two are quite the pair! Her quilt is gorgeous and your quilting makes it even more so. Can I ask, because I have NO idea...what does something like this cost to have quilted? I really have not idea what intricate custom quilting like this runs...thanks for sharing the inspiration!

JaneB said...

Oh, oh, oh this is beautiful!! Your quilting is so amazing. How big is this quilt? I'm picturing it as a little gem like 40 by 40 inches.

Dawn said...

The talent that is displayed on your blog is mind boggling! The quilts and your quilting never cease to amaze me. Magnificent work!!! I love coming here because my visits inspire me to pursue my quilting.
I love that you love what you do. That's another thing that keeps me coming back. :)

Claire said...

That quilt is just the most stunning thing I have seen - the applique and the quilting blend together perfectly. Please move to Australia so you can quilt my quilts.

Barbara M. said...

Thank you for share with us this amazing job. You're the best. Barbara from Italy

Fiona said...

So lovely to see this quilt.. thanks for showing us... It is indeed just lovely work and I love how you have quilted it.... inspirational...
Hugz

Barbie Mills said...

Stunning, as always. The applique on this is amazing, and your quilting sets it off perfectly.

I admire your mad skills. A lot.

Raylee - owner of Sunflower Quilting said...

The quilt is terrific, both applique and quilting. The filler design would be perfect on a quilt I have in at present, wonder if I could convince the owner to agree to it. She prefers less dense quilting. A great design, I love it.

Gertie Pye said...

I am always blown away by your incredible quilting. Totally amazing. x

Michele said...

As always I am speechless, with her applique and your quilting. Just amazing.

Montserrat said...

espectacular, como todo lo que haces.
besos
Montse

Angie said...

W.O.W. this quilt is absolutely AAAAmazingly GORGEOUS, truly spectacular.

Karenkay said...

so beautiful and so inspiring to see such lovely applique and quilting!

Abby said...

This quilt is beautiful. The filler is awesome! Have you ever thought about making patterns for us long arm quilters that have nowhere close to your freehanding skills? I'd love to download this pattern digitally! I'd pay big bucks for your patterns! Thank you for sharing. Such an inspiration!

Kathleen O'Grady said...

Absolutely beautiful! I can't begin to imagine being able to quilt something like that. You should be very proud of yourself, great job!

Ramona said...

Thank yo for sharing that quilt. Your work is gorgeous but her color selections are also outstanding. What a masterpiece!

Luv2sew said...

Judi, I just love your work! So inspiring!!! I just love all the circles and swirls. Dinah

mary mahoo said...

Judi,,,once again breathtaking! The quilt itself is beautiful, but your quilting brings it to life. Incredible. Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

amyrdh said...

Both of you do beautiful work!

Shelley said...

Impeccable!! I so admire your attention to detail and how it makes the quilting shine without overshadowing the piecing or in this case the applique. Truly beautiful!

Dawn Hendrix said...

WOW.... I would LOVE to spend 1 day with you.. I am SURE I would LEARN SO MUCH! Gracious you are AMAZING.

gndschulze said...

Judi,

Such beautiful work! I can't wait for your book...

Keri F said...

The quilt is amazing - what a goregous appliqued quilt. But your free motion quilting makes it POP. Thx for sharing and telling us how you think through what you're going to quilt in the background. Amazing!

diane said...

Amazing job on both the applique and the quilting!

SharoninStitches said...

Exquisite!

mindingmomma said...

wow. the top and the quilting both are amazing

Raewyn said...

Wow,I love how you did the filler, and the whole quilt is absolutely beautiful; Beth gave you a beautiful starting point.

Unknown said...

Your quilting is so inspiring Judi...it is just beautiful! I can only hope I become half as good as you someday. And as far as showing your quilting on your blog...please continue because it sure gives me some great ideas. I'm still in the practicing stage with my new longarm and your quilts make me want to get better and better.

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Karen

Dora, the Quilter said...

How very beautiful! I love the sweet swirls with the circles! Beautiful effect. Beautiful heirloom!

Jane's Addicted. said...

Fantastic! Any chance you could post a short video sometime - just showing a 4x4" section or something? Keep up the good work and please keep sharing!

mascanlon said...

Beautiful quilting. Most of the time I think traditional cross hatch is the only thing that works with appliqué but this quilt is really enhanced by your quilting!

Mary said...

Just discovered your blog today! I'm in awe of your quilting! It is so beautiful and so is Beth's appliqué. I imagine how much one must trust the machine quilter after one has appliquéd for so long. But she chose the right person, the quilting is exquisite! Congrtulations!

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

You are such an artist Judi. Evening knowing of your amazing talent, I simply find my jaw hit the floor all over again on every new finish you post. Beautiful!

diane said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
The applique is beautiful and the quilting makes it stunning! Great job both of you.

Diane said...

Beth's applique is beautiful and your fantastic quilting makes it that much better. This is how I will quilt in my dreams.

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

This is my all time favorite among your beautiful work, and I REALLY hope you'll make a tutorial/video of this one day. I'll be the first to buy the video :-)