Yesterday I went to the Lavenham quilt show hosted by Lynne Edwards and her students quilts. There were some gorgeous quilts on display - many of which were hand quilted and machine quilted, and also some quilts which I had quilted for customers were there too, it was so nice to see them all bound and finished. I rarely get to see my customer quilts bound, so it is always nice to see - especially in a show. Of course I paid the price last night for the drive there and back and the looking at the quilts, as my back and hip were in agony, and I took my higher strength painkillers that my GP prescribed for me - unfortunately they knocked me out (literally, and I slept from 8 o'clock last night til 11 this morning....) and the worse thing, I still woke up in agony....
Marjory made this lovely subtle toned quilt and I quilted it with the "Tickle" design
Of course it is always great to see my name credited to the quilting - thank you to those who did credit me.
Gill made this 3 dimensional effect quilt, which I custom quilted with piano keys in the border, and a small curlz pantograph in the centre
Sally made this gorgeous batik quilt from a jelly roll, and I quilted it with the "happy times" pantograph
Actually while I was photographing Sallys quilt, there was quite an adamant lady "discussing" the use of computerised quilting in the show and the lack of "skill" involved, particularly targeting this quilt. I chuckled quietly to myself as I know there are no computers used in this quilt, and by people thinking that there are, means that I have been accurate enough in my hand guiding of my machine to make people think that a computer has created the design. The other side of my brain though was slightly annoyed though at the open critisising of longarm quilting hinting how easy it is just to press a button.... if only people knew how much hard work went into the quilting of this quilt or any quilt - I never walk away from a quilt and let a "computer" take over, and every stitch is put onto the quilt by my own hands. Even the ones in the show which have been computerised quilted have a certain amount of human input in loading the quilt, straightening and keeping the quilt straight and flat, taming any full areas of a quilt etc. - all of which takes considerable skill and practice. I would never dream of standing next to a hand quilted quilt, and say how terrible it was that someone chose to quilt their own quilt by hand and not have had it machine or longarm quilted. The quilt is made by one person alone, and that person can choose whichever method of quilting that they want to achieve on their quilt, be it by hand, machine, longarm handguided or longarm computerised. It is the variety in a quilt show that makes it so interesting to attend. Sorry, I am off my soap box now.... LOL....
My favourite hand quilted quilt was a durham wholecloth, but unfortunately being cream it was difficult to photograph the whole quilt, but this is a small section of it. One day I will quilt a bed size wholecloth quilt on my longarm.
Two other quilts that took my eye were this navy and cream stunner, which was a Lynne Edwards design with a very nice method of piecing which curves over the edges and creates an almost 3 dimensional effect. I wish that I had noted the quilt maker, and I apologise that I did not.
Peggy made this beauty, and I quilted it with the hearts n roses design.
This one was made by Judy and although my photograph doesn't show it as the lighting was very bright to capture the quilting, it was quilted with the "swirls" board.
This one was made by Sylvia, and I quilted it with the Twinkle design in a mocha colour thread.