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Custom quilting

I have been busy custom quilting a very clever customers quilt which she has very intricately appliqued some tiny flowers with embellished beading, into a sampler style quilt top.  This is a special quilt for a special birthday, which kind of made me a little nervous to quilt.  Luckily it all worked out just fine.
 
First I stabilised the blocks by stitching in the ditch in the blocks and sashings, this is harder to achieve with a longarm than with a regular sewing machine and requires the use of a straight ruler to keep a straight line and to keep in the ditch.  
 
I background quilted with a small freehand loopy meander in every block.  All of the applique is outlined, and the hawaiian style blocks were indeed the hardest to quilt around given the intricate shape.
 
I curve crosshatched the star blocks and quilted a continuous curve in the tumbler blocks which gave the illusion of circles. 
 
The borders have a leafy vine and the sashings have freehand swirls.
 
I am very pleased to say that my customer was very happy with the results, and has kindly given permission for me to share some photographs of her quilt.  I apolosise to her that my photography skills don't truly reflect the beauty of her quilt. 
 
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Kay Bell on 18 October 2011 10:59
It's fantastic Janette...of course your customer was pleased with it! Great job! Best wishes Kay in Scotland
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Janette on 18 October 2011 17:23
Thanks Kay, I am glad you like it. I am pleased that my customer liked it - I had big smiles and a huge hug, which only adds to my job satisfaction !!!! Janette


Janette Chilver on 19 June 2012 21:34
Exciting news .... this quilt is going to be shown at Festival of Quilts this year in the two person category. My customer contacted me recently to let me know that she had been persuaded by friends to enter it.
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