I stand corrected….Sylvia’s Sampler quilt

I can now mark a quilt off of my quilting bucket list! I have never quilted a Dear Jane quilt before and I still haven’t but I can say that I have quilted a Sylvia’s Sampler quilt!

dear jane quilting

This quilt is huge! It has 140 blocks, all completely different! Here is what Linda had to say about it:

My mother and I started this project more than seven years ago.  I had just caught the quilting bug but she was already skilled in the art.  I was enthused about creating an heirloom quilt with my mother and picked the pattern Sylvia’s Sampler from Jennifer Chiaverini’s book, The Master Quilter.  Mom had been reading the series but this was the only book I had read at that time.  Our project was put on the shelf for several years after my father became ill with cancer.  He, unfortunately passed in 2008, and neither one of us had much desire to continue working on it.  But in time, my mom started joking that she probably would never see the quilt complete.  Sounds like a challenge, right?  So this past year, I buckled down and finished my assigned blocks.  Truth be told, I passed some of the more difficult blocks to her.   There are 140 in this pattern and I designed our border.  She is currently machine sewing the binding on and I will have the joy of finishing the hand work.  When Mom saw your beautiful quilting, she said, “Now, you’ll have to bury me in it.”  I think NOT!  

The most touching thing was that she asked me to quilt my @ signature in the signature block of the quilt….such an honor.

dear jane signature quilt block

Here are a few close up of a few of the blocks:

dear jane quilt block quilting

Dear Jane quilt block quilting

dear jane quilt block quilting

I uploaded a bunch more photos of the quilt blocks on my Flickr page….there were way too many to put on here! I am glad to get to have played a part in this beautiful quilt….however, I know without a doubt that I don’t have the patience to actually piece a Dear Jane quilt of my own! So I will have to keep these pictures to drool over!

dear jane quilt close up!

This time tomorrow, I will be getting ready to teach one of my classes at the Machine Quilter’s Showcase, (MQS). That means that I will be slacking on the blog a little bit, but I will be chatting it up on twitter and facebook so be sure to check in there from time to time! Wish me luck!!

Happy Quilting

Josie’s Quilt (This one’s a tearjearker)

Alright people, get your tissues out……

Remember these 2 cute baby quilts that I blogged about a few days ago? I also quilted a coordinating quilt to go with them.
free-motion machine quilting

Michelle, my customer, made all three quilts for a pregnant friend. Michelle’s friend had tragically lost a baby earlier last year. This is what happened, in her words:

On the evening of Sunday, Jan 30, 2011, I became nauseous and just could not get comfortable. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia with placental abruption. Preeclampsia is a syndrome characterized by the onset of hypertension and proteinuria after 20 weeks of gestation. Unfortunately at just 24 weeks and 2 days gestation, there was no choice but to deliver our baby. The original plan included transport to another hospital which specialized in high risk pregnancies and preterm delivery. In preparation for transport, my pressures were continuing to rise and the preeclampsia had become life threatening. There was no choice but to deliver at the hospital where I was initially admitted. I was prepped and immediately taken for an emergency C-section where I delivered a little girl weighing just 1 pound. The Children’s Mercy neonatal team had been called in to assist in the care of our baby immediately after arrival. However, despite all efforts our little girl, Josie Michael, passed away a short time later with her father (Mike) by her side, holding her hand.

Once Michelle found out that her friend was pregnant again, shedecided to make all three quilts. Here is what Michelle says about it:

Before all of this had happened Kristin (my sister) and I had already picked out and purchased the blue and pink version of this fabric for the entire nursery. Once Josie had passed away we (I especially!) felt it was only right that we make something for the big bed that was going to remain in the “nursery” with hopes that if she did have another child that the quilt would be a memory of Josie and still match the nursery “theme!” And finally… that is what will happen! This quilt will be on the big bed in the nursery room and the pink baby quilt that you quilted will be for her baby sister “Quinn”! I am so amazed at how the quilting really pulled this whole quilt together!!! I know every time she looks at it she will think of baby Josie and it will truely be cherished in their home. I feel so fortunate to have been able to make this for her and her husband Mike!!

I warned you that this was a tearjearker! When Michelle sent me the quilt, she asked me to quilt Josie’s initials into the middle of the quilt and to quilt her full name in one of the borders.

machine quilted letters

machine quilted feathers

When I quilted her full name, Josie Michael Fuhrman, in the border, I used a dark brown thread to help it show up…but it still is a little hard to see.
machine quilting

(Josie was given the middle name Michael because that is the only person she got met during her short time here.)

Here are some more detail shots of the quilting:
custom free-motion quilting
machine quilting

Just recently, Michelle’s friend delivered a healthy baby girl and I wish the whole family loads of joy and peace!

This isn’t the first emotional quilt I have quilted (see here or here for others that I have done) but this one sure got to me! There can be so much nastiness on the internet and in life in general. Let’s all take a moment, say a thankful prayer for all we have and go out of our way to be nice to someone today!

Happy Quilting!

Deciding What to Quilt ~ a weekly series

Thanks for joining me for another post in the “Deciding What to Quilt” series. This week, we are featuring Lynne’s quilt.

She asked me to help her come up with some ideas on how to quilt her gorgeous quilt!

I am going to start inviting some of my quilting friends to pop over and weigh in with their ideas and this week I have asked Tia to stop by. She blogs at Camp Follower Quilts  and also at Tia Cutris Quilts and she recently purchased a Longarm quilting machine and is really kicking butt with it! This is what she suggested:

Thanks so much for asking my opinion on quilting options for this quilt. I saw one like this at the Carolyn Friedlander booth at quilt market and I LOVED it! The first thing that struck me about her quilt was the simplicity of the design and the second thing was the quilting. Carolyn pours in tiny tiny micro quilting.

SO….What would I do????

I think I would work a seasonal kind of thing into the quilting Every other quilt block would be quilted with narrow lines (right side of the sketch). I would quilt the ground with the wavy quilting (in the lower right hand part of the sketch)

Then the remaining trees would be quilted with tiny pebbles to represent leaves and the wavy quilting as the ground. I would match the quilting thread to the background color of each block. I would not quilt the trees at all. That way they would really pop.

Thanks so much Tia………….Wow! Such a great idea!! How the heck am I supposed to follow that? How about a couple of options that are less “custom”?

This idea might work:

Lynne could quilt some leaf shapes in the upper portion of the blocks and a gentle back and forth design in the bottom part. This would look customized but wouldn’t be too difficult.

Or if she wanted something quick and easy, she could try this:

Some wavy  lines in the top and the same back and forth lines in the bottom. I would definitely agree with Tia and leave the trees unquilted, but if Lynne felt like it needed some quilting maybe a wavy type design inside the tree trunk.

How about the sashing and borders?

Since the stunning part of the quilt is the trees, I would consider something simple to not distract from the trees. Maybe some straight lines would look great. Or, once she picks the designs for the blocks, she could use and element of the quilting and repeat it in the other areas of the quilt.

What about thread?

I definitely agree with Tia that the thread should match the different colors of backgrounds in this quilt. If you are getting ready to quilt a multicolor quilt and don’t have numerous different colors of thread, try using a neutral color….such as a light tan or light gray. The trick is to audition your thread by laying it over different areas of the quilt. You want to pick a color that doesn’t contrast too much with any of the fabric. If that is hard to do, I always pick a thread that is lighter. I personally think that light thread on a dark fabric looks better than a dark thread on a light fabric.

What do you all think? I would love to hear what you think would look good quilted on this quilt! Please feel free to comment or email me with your suggestions. Also, please let me know if you have any questions because Wednesday’s blog post will have the answers!

Next week’s “Deciding What to Quilt” post is going to feature the Swoon quilt.

If you are one of the bazillion people who are doing the Swoon quilt-a-long with Katy, then this is the post for you. Camille Roskelley, designer of the Swoon pattern is going to give us her suggestion on how to quilt it. And I will have a lot of pictures and other suggestions. Make sure you don’t miss it!

Happy Quilting Everyone!!!

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