Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Helen's Quilt finished

Okay, first I have to apologize for not getting a picture of this whole quilt.  It was huge - really big.  And, by the time I was ready to take pictures I realized that it is possible that a certain 2 year old threw away my camera - ugh!  Anyway, you have to suffer through phone pictures on this one, sorry.
 
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Helen put together this fabulous quilt.  It really feels like it was made for me with all the sweet fairies and the pink and green - my all time favorite color combo.  The quilt is just beautiful.  She used a damask fabric (I think that is what the fabric is) for the the sash, border and the embroidery blocks.  It was perfect for this quilt.  Every time I looked at the quilt I loved how "elegant" it looked.  I was sad to send it back, but happy that Helen will now be able to enjoy her quilt all finished.

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I used Magnifico thread for the top and So Fine thread for the bobbin, it was a great combo. 

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Helen said her taste for quilting is more simple, so I did my best to tone down my need to be extra detailed. 
I think it worked out great.

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These cute fairies are downloadable patterns by Sue Box, you can order this group called "Enchanted Fairy Treasures" here.

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Working on this quilt made me want to get an embroidery machine, seems like it would be fun.  I know it is a lot of work too - but the combo of machine embroidery and machine quilting is really fun.  At least I think so.

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The lettering used in the embroidery is from the Pfaff/Viking 5D Software.

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The best part about this quilt is that I really had a chance to work on my free motion quilting.  There is a little ruler work in this quilt, but a lot of free motion.  That is what I love most about quilting, free motion.

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I tried to keep all the blocks different and change up the quilting as much as I could.

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The straight lines in the diamond blocks turned out great and I love the way the blocks on the left of the above picture turned out.

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Feathers are always fun to quilt, so the big rectangles in this quilt were the right area to quilt them in. I haven't quilted traditional feathers for a while, so it was fun.

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The border was a lot of fun to do.  I am surprised I left it like this, I could have done more in the small squares, but sometimes less is more and I think it worked out for this quilt.

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Love the back.

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Thank you Helen for letting me quilt on your beautiful quilt.  It really was a pleasure!



51 comments:

Tammy said...

This quilt is beautiful, and your quilting never ceases to amaze me! I'm getting a new A1 machine in about a week (hopefully), and I can't wait to get started. If I can get to a point where my quilting is half as good as yours, I'll be happy!

Barb said...

This quilt is absolutely fabulous...amazing...the quilting is awesome and a perfect match. I am sure she will love it forever.

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Your quilting is beautiful. I think it makes the whole quilt something to cherish. Yes the colors and piecing are very good but the quilting makes the whole quilt. Wonderful job.

Jenny said...

Such a pretty quilt and pretty quilting! I love to look at all the different quilting designs you incorporate in a quilt...and they all go so well together. I'm always scared to add to many designs...but like always you have inspired!!

Mary W Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt. Beautiful quilting. Love it! Mary

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Gorgeous Judi....the quilt and your quilting.

corinne said...

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful quilt

Melia Mae Quilting said...

It turned out absolutely beautiful! I couldn't help but laugh at the fact your 2 year through away your camera though. I know that isn't funny, but it really did sound like my two year old. I have had a few phones end up there so I definitely sympathize but what can you do when you have kids!!!!

Sue's Stitchin' said...

That quilt is absolutely amazing. A lot of the patterns are so simple, but they way you put them together makes it look complex and difficult.

weedabble said...

Judy, I love this quilt...too bad Helen didn't make two, and give you one as your payment...it would be the perfect quilt for you!
I love how humble you always are...you are probably one of the best quilters around, and you always make it about the quilt or the piecer and never yourself!
I keep practising...and I try to add some of your quilting ideas to my journal to remember and practise...thanks for the inspiration!!!

Jacqueline said...

You are one AMAZING quilter. Your talents just put me in awe of you.

Thanks for sharing - I love seeing your work.

Sandy D said...

What an AMAZING Quilt.Helen did a great job making this quilt and your quilting is beautiful. I am sure Helen is loving her quilt.

Veronica said...

The quilt is gorgeous, I love the fairies. Just breathtaking.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I haven't seen a machine embroidery quilt before that I really cared for...but this one is incredible! Nice work Judi!

SharoninStitches said...

Absolutely fabulous!!!

Diana Mattoni said...

OMG - your quilt work is just STUNNING! Truly a breathtakingly beautiful quilt.

ROBERT YOUNG said...

love love love it it ! It is so interesting every inch you inspire me everyday to quilt better and I agree ruler work is so time consuming I copied your eyeballs I call the loops with a small loop at the top or bottom
I finished a quilt today and I dedicate it to you judi it is my best so far and im using a home sewing machine janome
thank you

chook said...

I love this quilt your work is just amazing
hugs Beth

Jenn Scott said...

Mom (Helen) and I are so excited to see this quilt in person! Your lovely quilting work really finished it. I love the variety of the pattern in it!

Silly 2 y/o! ;) We'll make sure to take a full quilt shot for you to have for your portfolio.

Vickie Adkins said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. The quilting is especially beautiful. All together it's is the best!

Barbara M. said...

Simply wonderful! Barbara from Italy

Jodi - usairdoll said...

WoW!Your quilting is A-MAZE-ING!! So, so Gorgeous! Every photo was ouus and ahhs, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Awesome job!

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kitty said...

This is the most beautiful fairy tale ever, told by two fairy queens!!

Maria Wallin said...

Absolutely amazing quilt and I love your quilting here, less is absolutely more in this case! <3

Gunilla said...

I have never ever seen anything like this!!! It is so beatiful quilted! Wow!!!!!!
Gunilla in Sweden

Kate C said...

So pretty- I am not usually a fan of machine embroidery, but this one could change my mind! Great job quilting as always, you always know how to use the space so perfectly....so sorry about the camera, two year olds are adorable but their nickname often seems to be "Trouble"! Hopefully you find it!

Rebecca Stevens said...

Judi, your work continues to astonish me. And Helen did an amazing job on the quilt also. I love Sue Box designs - you can't go wrong with those if you want embroidery. Combine U and SB and you definitely have a winner.

sue said...

Absolutely beautiful! both the quilt and your quilting. I am simply in awe when I see your work. You have the best ideas for what can be put in it and look like that's what was meant to be there. Never doubt yourself - your work is amazing!

Unknown said...

Wow this is a beautiful quilt and the quilting knocked it out of the ballpark. Tell me Judi...did you plan and mark what you were going to put in each area or did you just "wing" it? It is gorgeous.

Linda R said...

Wow - yet another fantastic job. You are such a fantastic quilter. The quilt is so Beautiful. I just know Helen will be thrilled.

Regina Zimmermann said...

Jawdropping Awesomeness!!! Goodness your quilting is SEW SEW beautiful!

Miriam said...

I've watched your blog for some time but never comment. I really should compliment you on your work, it's beautiful. I'm a longarmer who was looking for a way to speed up what I do. Your quilting designs are wonderful, yet easy to implement....I watch your site for ideas. Thank you for sharing!

SimplyQuilted said...

I love the border. It caught my eye right away. How do you get it all to come out evenly spaced? Good job on this one too. =)

Leanne Parsons said...

So, I'm reading along, mesmerized by your amazing quilting...and then I read that you are 'working on' your free motion quilting!? I'm working on mine too, but it doesn't look anywhere near as good as yours!

Susan Lawson said...

Very pretty quilt, amazing quilting! sue

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Judi, you already know what I think :)

Hugs,
Kelly

annieb said...

Judi, that is stunning!!

New Salem Homestead said...

You do such fabulous work! You really have a gift from above :)

AnneO said...

Just stunning! The quilt is beautiful, the quilting is perfection. I love how each block (or so it seems) receives personalized treatment. Beautiful-beautiful-beautiful.

Mom C said...

So beautiful. I'm so glad you post pictures of your quilting, it is amazing. Thanks.

Esther F. said...

Your work makes my want to enroll into FMQ school! I have been dabbling on my Janome horizon and I am happy with the results, but your the professor!!! :-)
Esther
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Kathleen O'Grady said...

What a beautiful quilt and an amazing quilting job from you. Your work is so incredible, I can stare at it for hours.

shawn said...

Wow, your quilt is so beautiful, I love your work!!
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Wendy said...

Amazing work ... truly beautiful!!

Rx for Quilting said...

omg this is a beautiful quilt. Your quilting has made it simply amazing! I love seeing your work. thanks for sharing

Conlill said...


Such a beautiful quilt,
awesome piecing and quilting.
Did you use the same colour thread for all the quilting? If so which colour?

Lynette (NZ) said...

WOW. I just love seeing all those close-ups of your work. Gorgeous quilt

Quiltingnewbie said...

Absolutely amazing on all aspects...gorgeous...just gorgeous !

SandyK said...

So beautiful!!! I love the quilting and the quilt. Do you know which pattern she used for the quilt??

Sugarbabe said...

This is absolutely breathtaking. Does anyone happen to recognize the fabric line???

Sugarbabe said...

Stunning as usual. And Helen's design skills are perfect. Does anyone happen to recognize the quilt pattern? Love the variety in the blocks.