Friday, January 4, 2013

Kimberly Einmo's Quilt, my first 2013 finish!

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Yeah, that's right - Kimberly Einmo, can you believe she asked me to quilt a quilt for her? I'm still pinching myself. Every time I showed this quilt to friends and family while it was on the racks, I pulled out Kimberly's books and showed them how awesome she is. She is an author, teacher and quilter extraordinaire! This is her design and she is offering a class on this quilt called "Modular Quilting" at the National Quilt Museum Retreat.  You can sign up for her class here.

So this quilt has two layers of wool batting.  It was the first time I used two layers of wool, and it proved to be a little difficult at first because of how bulky it was, but it turned out great and I am pleased with the results.

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I have a few pictures in the line up, so I will try to keep the words short and sweet.  I used #2003 Magnifico thread for the white areas and a silver metallic for the blue fabrics.

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I think the funnest part about this quilt was that I took each piece of white fabric that would normally just be a background fabric (not a focal point) and made it its own design.

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Simple, but so pretty!

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Okay, take a look at the diamonds in the center star block - I love them, but trying to free motion quilt at that angle was almost impossible. But, it keeps it real, right? not perfect ;)

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This is the diamond quilting in the square block - tough, but worth it!

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A theme in this quilt is 1/2 inch - I wanted to set designs out by leaving a 1/2 inch border. I love how it looks in this block.

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The long rectangle strip section to the left of the star block is my favorite part of the quilt - no joke!
 
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Holy cow!! - don't you just love this texture? It really is hard to give these quilts back.

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I really love the pebbling in this quilt - it is fun to see how I have improved over the years with pebbling. It is just proof that practice really does make a difference - so all you newbie quilters out there - keep it up!

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Half inch theme that sets the heart off perfectly. I also quilted along the fabric design in the heart which worked out great. I love being able to showcase fabric.

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I love these diamond blocks ;)

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I kept the quilting in the blue fabric simpler than the white to give balance to the quilt.

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When Kimberly first shared this quilt with me and asked me to do some modern quilting on it, the thought came to me that I should pull the block designs out into the white borders - with no rhyme or reason as far as where the blocks should be quilted. So, this is how it turned out.

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The border background quilting is awesome - and since I am slightly crazy, I went for difficult as far as marking is concerned - totally worth it though ;-)

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The best part of this quilt, I never got tired of it. It was something that I had never done before and I was always excited to work on it. But, I guess having a Christmas season and a very sporadic quilting schedule can make that happen. This quilt took me 50.5 hours to complete. Well worth the time I sure. Thanks for letting me share!

94 comments:

Dora, the Quilter said...

Really awesome quilt! It was a nice quilt before quilting; now it's absolutely spectacular!

DianeY said...

Whatever I could say would be completely inadequate! This is one humdinger of a quilt!

JudyBL said...

Absolutely stunning!! The quilt colors, design and piecing by Kimberly is awesome and your quilting is the best yet!

Quilting Babcia said...

Simply WOW!

chrisee said...

"Kimberly Einmo, can you believe she asked me to quilt a quilt for her?" YES,I CAN!!!!! She knows what you are capable of SOOOOO she chose YOU to quilt her quilt! And I am sure is extremely happy with the magic that you have worked into her quilt!

~Diana said...

Stunning...so beautiful! I just love all that you do!

Jody said...

Completely stunning!

Mrs. DillyDally said...

Your quilting is sew incredible! I love and appreciate your talent! You and your work are beautiful in every way!

Susan Lawson said...

Awesome! (I knew it would be from the sneak peaks you posted previously.) You so inspire me!

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

Your quilting is spectacular!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

I am speechless! Quite simply MAGNIFICENT!

Sheila said...

everything you post makes me gasp, this one is breathtaking. I am making my first stumbling attempts with my new Sweet sixteen, and I am not sure if i am inspired or crushed by the beauty of this modern sampler.

Emma said...

Beautiful quilt; awesome quilting1 Thank YOU for sharing!

Leanne said...

Absolutely Fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing...L xo

Claire Fisher said...

Oh my goodness! That is the most spectacular quilt I have seen in ages. Congratulations - it is beautiful.

Dawn Hendrix said...

It's is BEYOND words... I mean seriously incredible doesn't touch this quilting..... WOW....you continue to inspire me...simply STUNNING I know the pictures just don't do it justice.......Thank YOU so much for sharing!

JoyceT said...

Thank you so much for sharing so many detailed photographs of this extraordinary quilting. You go girl!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

This quilt is beyond amazing!! You are so incredibly talented woman! Thanks for sharing the photos, great inspiration.
Amanda

justacraftymom said...

dear Lord...as always I am totally blown away by your talent!! Words can not even express how I am feeling when I see this quilt! I am in awe of you!! :)

My questions is this...why the double batting?

Beautiful! I would love to send a quilt to you some day!!!!!!

Judy said...

Unbelievably gorgeous quilting. One question - what did you use to mark the designs? Well, two questions, do you use a ruler for your straight line designs?

Judy

Michele said...

There is nothing about that quilting that is simple. It is beyond fantastic. I can understand why it would be hard to give that one back.

Наталья said...

Фантастика!!!!!!!!

♥Duff said...

What an amazingly striking quilt! (And hey, I have to agree with Chrisee's comment--what makes you think Kimberly wouldn't chose you? You're the best out there! But yes, I get it, she can sew a quilt together like no one's business...)I love the designs that pull into the border--such a magical imagination you have! Are you attending Quilt Con by chance?

Belinda said...

Speechless is the only word that comes to mind here. Extremely talented is the next thing that pops in. What an unbelievable work of art!!

LynCC said...

Absolutely amazing! I love how you quilting the wide bordering across the blue stop-border, but without actually stepping into it. Extremely successful modern quilting design between that concept and pulling the block shapes out there. Truly amazing accomplishment on this one! I also love how it takes on a feel almost like an Icelandic knit in a way. Super neat!

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Wow that is just amazing. I will keep practicing and someday I hope to get as talented as you are:) Thanks so much for the great inspiration!

Beth said...

W O W!

The quilted shapes in the border that cross back over the blue "border" really set off this quilt

Joan said...

Your quilting is amazing. Absolutely beautiful!

Julee said...

Absolutely breath taking!!!! The floating quilt blocks on the borders are my favorites. Just love how it all pops. You are very talented & creative.
Thanks for sharing.

Vicki in MN said...

All I can say is drool, drool, drool, LOL

Mary W Quilts said...

Spectacular !!! Stunning quilting. Love the quilt..... Mary

Kate C said...

Another amazing job...love the way you did the border! And I think you need a new name for the pebbles, they are so small maybe they should be called sand??? Incredible precision....thank you for sharing!

Pat said...

Kimberly is a gifted teacher and the person I credit with really getting me started on my quilting journey. I took a class with her a number of years ago -- she was so positive & so encouraging! If anyone has a chance to take a class with her, please jump at the opportunity!

Judy, the quilt is stunning, and you have really made it come alive, Knowing Kimberly, she was/will be moved to tears when she sees it.

Karen said...

I love everything you did, but especially the borders. If one day my quilting is even 1/10th this good I will be so happy. So gorgeous!

Tiffany said...

Absolutely incredible. The borders are stunning.

mennikelly said...

It is absolutely gorgeous.

Bev said...

Simply amazing....you never fail to inspire.

Melissa Corry said...

Wow!!! It just Wow!!!! I love, love, love, the way you quilted the border. Stunning!!! You never cease to blow me away!!

Jenny said...

I agree with what everyone else had to say X 3!! Just amazing, you're amazing!

sherry said...

WOW nothing more to say

Jenny said...

This is just incredible.

AnnieK said...

This is a work of art, I can't stop looking at these pictures!

Sallie said...

Amazing!Thanks for sharing!

Derrith said...

Your quilting is beyond amazing! I've never seen anything even approaching that level of skill and talent. Thank you so much for sharing these with us. Absolutely beautiful!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is just FANTASTIC Judi! You are so talented. Thank you for sharing - I just showed my husband too - he couldn't believe how beautiful it was either!

Linda.Nell.Cates@gmail.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I think Kimberly designed the quilt so that you could quilt it. You made it come to life. Thanks for sharing your talent. You are truly an inspiration.

Karen said...

What a creation! I sustain the dream that one day I will make a quilt for myself that I will be blessed to have you quilt for me!

Karen said...

What a creation! I sustain the dream that one day I will make a quilt for myself that I will be blessed to have you quilt for me!

Sandra B said...

Jawdrop!!! This is stunning. My faves are the pebbling and the McTavishing. Wow wow wow!

Helen said...

Totally awesom quilting Judi. As a newbie mid arm quiter who has just completed my sixth quilt on a frame I am reassured that practice makes a difference. Being 55 I am not sure I will live long enough to get in the thousands of hours I will need to reach the bottom rung of the ladder you are at the top of! But I am encouraged that I will get better than I am :-)

Thanks for sharing your work with us to be inspired by. I love your videos too.

Helen in New Zealand

Bumblebee and Sophie said...

The quilting is stunning! Really makes th blocks stand out, and yet provides pattern and interest on its own! Beautiful work!

carolann said...

Hi Judi,

Your quilting is absolutely stunning! I can't think of any words to do you justice. Thank you for sharing!

Shannon Mower said...

I believe she would ask you to quilt it, you are fantastic!

Laura Davies said...

Gorgeous!

Rebecca Grace said...

We're all speechless. Each photo is more incredible than the last. Love the 1/2" gaps -- brilliant! And the stars that cross borders -- perfect! Some of the quilting may be "simple," but if the execution wasn't flawless it would not have nearly the impact that your work has. She is LUCKY that you agreed to quilt this for her!

CathyK said...

What do you mean "Can you believe she asked me to quilt a quilt for her?!?!" HEEELLLOOOOO! Of course we can! Just look at your work. I am truly speechless (which is hard for me, believe me. Just ask my husband). Congratulations on another stunning and gorgeous quilting job. You have a gift like no other! Thank you for sharing!

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Your quilting is just mind blowing!!!! Can't wait for your book.

Sybil said...

Awesome.

kitty said...

Your quilting is breathtaking!! Absolutely fabulous!!

Barbie Mills said...

Positively stunning, Judi! I love the stars quilted into the border.

I just did my first pebbling--it was okay, but I'm glad to know it does get better with practice!

bohemia king said...

nice your site thanks for sharing love you all teme good work keep it up
Wallpapers

Kimberly said...

Oh Judi, I am so HONORED that you would quilt my quilt top -- and it is beyond spectacular! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for adding your artistry and making this quilt sing! God bless you!

Wendy said...

I continue to be in total awe of your quilt work, Judi!! Thank you so much for the detailed pictures :) Can't wait to see what you do and of course you were asked to do quilting for Kim ... you're awesome!!

Trisch said...

Your work is simply breath taking. I love to see the things you have quilted and secretly want to take a field trip to come and watch you work. Thanks for sharing your work with us!!!

Cybele's patch said...

Wow, this is amazing. Beautiful. You are so talented!

Chris said...

Seriously the best machine quilting I have ever seen. You rule!

Margaret said...

Really nice way to start the new year

Melanie said...

Spectacular!

Laura said...

Judi - This quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!! You did such a fabulous job!

Janis said...

I have already commented about your amazing quilt. I wanted to say I love your new home page!

My Old Quilting Soul said...

Wow, this is just amazing. Your work is marvelous!

Gina said...

This quilt is a delicious feast for the eyes.

wolfiestitchin said...

I am sooo impressed by your work, stunning talent and I just read that you do it all FMQ - mind-blowing.
Have to ask though - why the bloodspot.se??? se is the Swedish url ending - are you by any chance Swedish or of Swedish origin?

wolfiestitchin said...

I am sooo impressed by your work, stunning talent and I just read that you do it all FMQ - mind-blowing.
Have to ask though - why the bloodspot.se??? se is the Swedish url ending - are you by any chance Swedish or of Swedish origin?

Robin Wood said...

Wow.. just.. wow.. There are no superlatives adequate for this. I can see why it would be hard to give it back.

Amazing, inspiring work.

(Runs off to practice more... )

SharoninStitches said...

You are very gifted!

Elizabeth said...

This is just mindblowing, love the quilting!

Mama Pea said...

This. Is. Awesome! Your quilting just makes the quilt!

Linda said...

Amazing. Phenomenal quilting Judi!!!!

Judy Novella said...

Hi Judi,
You've done magnificent work on this quilt. An award-worthy quilt for sure!
We're proud that you used Fairfield's Wool batting and that the results are so spectacular. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Judy N, Marketing Manager - Fairfield

Sharmond said...

You are blessed with an awesome gift! This is gorgeous!

Deb said...

Incredibly beautiful!!

Jude Jones said...

This quilt is your crowning glory to date!!! Stunning! Yahtzee, you scored big time! Rock on, your new schedule sounds great!

Gertie Pye said...

Your quilting is utterly incredible, awesome. The block shapes tumbling in the border are just inspired. You are like Tinkerbell - you have a rare talent!

Abby said...

Spectacular quilt! I can't even imagine quilting something with this much detail. I am in total awe!

marylouweidman said...

This quilt will be studied and looked at until the absolutely falls apart...it is so beautiful, well done!

weedabble said...

Fantastic quilting Judi, and thanks for the encouragement to keep practising...I felt like you were speaking directly to me...You keep me wanting to try to be better, and I can see how the practising is helping me....you are a great mentor to us beginner long arm quilters!

Susan Arnold said...

What an incredible quilt! Truly inspires me to keep practicing--someday I want to be this good!

Grace Elizabeth's said...

Your quilting talent is awesome, so no it is not surprising that Kimberly Einmo asked you to quilt a quilt for her. Congrats!

Natalia said...

IMPRESIONANTE !!
REALMENTE UNA MARVILLA!!
ME ENCANTARIA APRENDER A ACOLCHAR ASÍ !!!
MUCHAS FELICIDADES !!
BESOS

ELENAVA наслаждаюсь печворком, квилтингом said...

Потрясающе!!! Очень нравится

Helen L said...

You are one crazy talented lady!! I'd think I was in heaven if I had just the talent that you have in your pinky finger!! I've decided that one of my bucket list items is: have a quilt quilted by you!! have a great week!! Helen in Healdsburg

Veve said...

How do you do this? With a free form quilter machine? or with a regular old sewing machine? Many thanks for your reply!

Veve said...

How do you do this technique? Do you use a regular sewing machine for your quilting part? Many thanks for your reply. So very beautiful!