Custom Longarm Machine Quilting

Friday, January 4, 2013

Quilt Retreat, and a Quilt

 We had our 2nd Annual Salem Days Quilt Retreat in August. And the only photo I took was this cute one of my sister-in-law Jana Nielson showing off my darling baby in one of Izzy & Ivy's patterns (the Ruthie's Romper).

Quilt Retreat was a blast though! We had Shari Butler from Doohikey Designs come down and show off her new fabric lines and patterns, and she did a cute make & take pincushion.

Jana from Izzy & Ivy showed us her new fabric line, Delicious Wishes and a few of their new patterns: Marshall's Favorite Fishin' Hole, Brooklyn's Boho Beach Wear, and Monster Mash. They are super cute, and if you haven't seen them yet, ask your local quilt shop if they have them and check them out, because they are DARLING.

We also had a few local ladies come show us some things that they do. One lady brought all of the quilts she had ever made and showed them off. She quilts them on her home sewing machine, which in my opinion is amazing. She showed us some of the different things she does to give her quilts that little extra Oomph! and I was really inspired to go home and try some of them out.

We also had a knit demo, where we showed different things you could do with old t-shirts. I demonstrated how to make a t-shirt quilt, and brought a few samples. Jana showed off some fun projects you can do with t-shirts, including super hero capes and refashioning boring basic tees into fun and fancy shirts for little girls.

We had a blast, and I really wish I had taken more photos. Maybe I did and they just didn't make it over to my computer. If that is the case, I'll be really sad.

 So, now onto the quilt I mention in this post title. :)

I had a new client come in and bring me this darling quilt top. She had never really quilted before and it was one of her first quilts.

I quilted an all-over interlocking floral design. I love this design because it gives texture and movement to the quilt top without detracting from the quilt top itself. And, it's a quick all-over. It's my new go-to design. It's so much more fun to look at than a meander, and it looks custom, when it's really just an all-over design.
Here's a close up shot of the quilting. The rings of the flowers are about 3/4 to 1 inch apart.

I can't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure that I used So Fine! It's a Girl! for the thread. It's a really pretty light pink color.