MCM #99 – One More Customer Quilt

It’s only two weeks away people! Christmas will be here in a flash. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying the time leading up to December 25.

This week will be a busy one for me. I am working on my last customer quilt of 2017. It’s a large quilt – 94″ x 108″ – with 16″ blocks, and all are custom quilted. I’m using various rulers and doing just a bit of marking. It’s time consuming, but my goal is to have the quilt finished by the weekend. I would love to take the week before Christmas and concentrate on family activities. That can’t happen unless this quilt is out of my house (it’s a Christmas gift) so I’ll be quilting like a mad woman this week.

Here’s a look at the block:

Nancy's Fancy blockThe pattern is called Nancy’s Fancy and was published in Fons & Porter several years ago. It’s a cool looking block and I really like the secondary pattern that is created when the blocks are put together. I’ll show that to you once the quilt is finished as it’s difficult to see while the quilt is on the frame.

Below is the detail of the star quilting. These stars are in each corner of the quilt, acting as cornerstones for the borders. They are also the centers of each of the blocks.

Star Block quiltingJust straight lines inside the star, and a lotus flower design along the outside. Stephanie asked for the flowers, so I’m quilting them in all the background areas.

Lotus FlowerMy favorite part though are the borders. I used my HandiQuilter wave template and quilted a wavy line, echoed it, and then added piano keys to the outside of the wave. The pic below shows just a bit of the border. I will do the top and bottom borders, as well as all the blocks. Then I’ll rotate the quilt and do the side borders so I can keep the wave evenly spaced across the border.

Borders - Piano KeysI haven’t decided what should be quilted on the inside of the wave, if anything. I’m open to any suggestions you might have. I’m also stuck on what to quilt in the pink sashing strips around each block. Stephanie had originally suggested a rope design, but I don’t think it fits the feminine feel of the quilt. For now, they are unstitched until I come up with something that feels right.

That’s it for me today. Short and sweet, so I can spend more time on Steph’s quilt. But I will definitely be taking time to read about your projects and what you are crushing on this week. I know many of you are working on last minute gifts and are furiously stitching away. I hope you’re having fun!

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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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24 Responses to MCM #99 – One More Customer Quilt

  1. Cathy Marie says:

    I love the colors in your quilt and the quilting is lovely.

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  4. The qulting is so beautiful!

  5. How about a fern/frond thing that mimics the pattern in the pink for the pink borders/lattice? The quilting looks great! you are doing such a terrific job.

  6. Your quilting is gorgeous!

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  8. This is very beautiful and you are doing a great job. I hope you get it done in plenty of time to enjoy all the family activities you have planned.

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  10. Beautiful quilting Beth. I have one more client quilt to finish before Christmas too. But luckily mine is a simple allover. You will get a break soon 🙂

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  12. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    Nice quilting!! Here’s our favorite cookie recipe in case you want to take a break and bake something. You could always turn them into Dakota deers if you have any of that flour left.

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  14. Marti says:

    That is a pretty quilt top and your stitching makes it just gorgeous! Good luck with your finish.

  15. Tish says:

    That is a beautiful quilt. Love the soft pastel colors, very feminine. You could always go with trusty feathers in the open space in the border. I think all those curvy, fluffy plumes might balance out the rope in the pink sashings (if you go that way). However, you decide, it will look great!

  16. Susan says:

    Love your quilting on this – fits perfectly!

  17. Good luck wrapping up your 2017 quilting, Beth!

  18. Liz W. says:

    Well, that quilt will be quite an accomplishment! It sounds like you pieced it too. How about half a feather in the sashing, just like you have that motif surrounding the star?

  19. Jayne says:

    You do have your work cut out for you!! Thats one big quilt. Your quilting is always beautiful and thoughtful. I wish you luck with the quilting. I know you’ll get done!

  20. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    I have to agree that the rope quilting pattern sure wouldn’t look very feminine and match the overall vibe of the quilt. What you’ve shown us is lovely, and your customer well be thrilled with what you are doing. The gift recipient will be very happy as well. Two weeks! Eek! ~smile~ Roseanne

  21. Wow, that’s a big quilt! Your quilting is looking very nice. I don’t have any advice to give, other than to cheer you on. I know you’ll get it done! This month is flying by!

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  23. Vicki in MN says:

    Wishing you luck for an early finish with the customer quilt, can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  24. Kate says:

    Very pretty. How about a wavy vine to go with the flowers in the pink sashing? Not sure what else to add to the border, maybe a filler pattern of some sort. Good luck getting this one to completion.

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