MCM #91 – Playing Catch Up

Progress has been made in the sewing room, unfortunately I don’t have many new pics to show you. But I’ll tell you what I’ve been up to this past week.

I was able to finish quilting a couple of customer quilts. They have been delivered and the clients are happy with them. I always feel a little sliver of anxiousness when they see their finished quilts, until they tell me they are happy with the way they look. That anxiousness is a good thing, right?

The last quilt I worked on was made of embroidered blocks and the only request from the customer was to make it look good. Ouch! Having free rein over the quilt design sounds good, but can sometimes be pretty stressful. The middle block was full of embroidered flowers and leaves and measured 33″ wide by 45″ high. It was a BIG block!

I didn’t want to quilt over the embroidery, but had to do something to stabilize the block. I finally landed on a loopy meander design and it worked perfectly.

I forgot to take a picture of the finished block. I stitched the design around and among the leaves and flowers using a pale pink thread which blended beautifully. I was happy with the way it turned out and more importantly, so was the client. I’ve got to do a better job taking pictures of the finished quilts!

On my personal projects, I have two seams left to sew on my Alison Glass ‘Floating’ quilt and the top will be finished. Yay! (Read more about it here) I had hoped to get those seams done last week but went out of town for several days instead. Traveling really cuts into my quilting time! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m looking forward to quilting Floating and will have to work it into my quilting schedule. Quilting time is booking up with Christmas orders, so I’ll have to be sure to save a time slot for myself!

Oh, I almost forgot – I ordered Teresa Silva’s Longarm Quilting Workbook and it was delivered last Wednesday. I was really excited to add this to my quilting library.

If you are new to free motion quilting you might like to have this book. Teresa shares a lot of quilting motifs, and information on longarm machines. Even though the book is written for longarmers, it can easily be used by anyone who quilts on a sit-down or domestic machine.

I have seen all the motifs before so there’s nothing new there. But what I really liked about this book is how Teresa breaks down a whole cloth quilt and walks us through creating our own. I’ve spent some time sketching and practicing. I can’t wait to take these practice sessions to the machine and work on a real quilt.

That’s it for me and my quilting adventures of last week. This week I have a class to teach, a guild meeting, two customer quilts I’d like to get done and of course, I’d like to finish the Floating flimsy. Our nephew is getting married, so there will be a fun wedding to attend. Sounds like a busy week!

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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10 Responses to MCM #91 – Playing Catch Up

  1. Patricia says:

    I love how you share your thoughts about your quilting process! When I take my quilts to my longarm quilter, I also give her free rein on the quilt design. We’re friends and she knows what I like – and never fails to amaze me. I so appreciate the talents of LAQs because they turn my simple quilt tops into cuddly treasures that will be enjoyed for years to come by my family and loved ones. Thank you – and to all the LAQs out there!

  2. inquiringquilter says:

    What a dilemma! But you chose just the perfect quilting motif for that embroidered block. Congratulations!

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  5. I know that feeling of anxiousness and anticipation on showing a client their quilt. I’m glad everyone was so pleased with your work. Being given “free reign” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… a bit of guidance can really help you know you are on the right path! I hope you have a great week.

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  7. Liz W. says:

    I love to see the finished pictures of your customers quilts! I bought Teresa’s book too, and I like it very much, especially the guidance on modern wholecloth quilts. Your Floating quilt is so gorgeous, I hope to see it finished soon! Have a great week!

  8. The embroidery block is wonderful and I know your beautiful quilting enhanced it even more ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Jayne says:

    I would say you have your week planned out pretty well! I know it’s stressful when designing a quilt for someone who says ‘free rein’, I imagine it’s even more stressful for the quilting part! I’m sure they will be very happy with whatever you do!

  10. Kate says:

    That is a beautiful block. Quilting for others has to be both an adventure and terrifying at the same time.

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