Sep 16 13

Some Absolutely Stunning Quilting

Tick Tack tulip Quilt

Do you remember this quilt?  I call it the Tick Tack Tulip Quit because it’s kind of in a Tick Tack Toe-like layout.  It’s easier to see in this photo:


TTT quilt photo for instructions

Anyway, this quilt was the first version of this pattern and I quilted it myself.  I’m trying to make multiple samples of different patterns so I can loan them to quilt shops but there’s no way that I can quilt all of them.  (In fact, I can’t even do all the embroidery of multiple copies of each pattern.)  I enlisted the help of a wonderful embroiderer named Linda Hill, (I would link to her blog but she doesn’t have one), and together, we embroidered the blocks for this version of the Tick Tack Toe Quilt:



I don’t know how I got so lucky, but professional long arm quilter Margaret Soloman Gunn agreed to quilt it for me.  You may be wondering why I would send a quilt out if I love to free motion quilt myself and I’ll give you 2 very good reasons:

1.  I just don’t have time to quilt each and every one of my quilts right now.  I’m still quilting nearly all of them, but I can’t keep up, especially now that I’m making multiples of many quilts; and

2.  No matter how much I love to quilt, I have loads and loads and loads to learn about machine quilting.  Truthfully, there are times that I find my quilting somewhat boring and I want to learn new skills.  I have seen some of the most beautiful and most interesting quilting of my life in the past year and I find myself very drawn to machine quilting where the quilting itself divides the original surface design into a new secondary design.  Right now, I do not possess the “vision” to do this well but I sure as heck want to learn how to do it.  What better way than to learn from quilters who have mastered this?

So, with that introduction, let me refer you to a blog post that has me VERY excited!  Margaret has posted some photos of how she transformed the Tick Tack Tulip Quilt shown above into a masterpiece, all by virtue of her expert quilting. If you look closely at her photos, you will see some wonderful examples of creating a new secondary design with her quilting.  I can’t wait to see this baby in person because I will spend many hours scrutinizing it  and hoping to learn just a smidgeon of this skill.  Ironically, I have one other quilt that’s out to be quilted by another quilter extraordinaire, and I’ll post about that quilt and that long armer later on!  For now, feast your eyes on Margaret’s blog and please scroll backward to look at her work…fabuloso! (Here’s a link to one of my favorites posts!)  And if you’d like to learn how to make the Tick Tack Tulip Quilt and have this quilt hanging in your shop, ask your local quilt shop owner to give me a call!

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  1. Sheila Says:

    thank you for linking to Margaret’s Blog, i spent spent some time trawling through her Blog and Flickr page … her work is AMAZING , some of the best i have ever seen

  2. Peggy Says:

    It’s some comfort to me that you who is so skilled sees directions you still haven’t gone. Thank you for sharing your work and passion.

  3. Teodor Says:

    This is your blanket?, can i buy it somewhere?

  4. Sally Bramald Says:

    I love you being so fired up with new directions! I also love your new quilts, I am excited where this new route will take you. Enjoy the ride!

  5. Amy Says:

    I came here because I saw the quilt on Margaret’s blog and recognized it as one of your designs.

    Her quilting blows me away! Not to mention she does it while raising 3 kids only a little older than my own.

    Thanks so much for sharing that even as such an accomplished quilter, you still want to keep learning and improving. I remind my students that there’s always a new thread and fabric combo, design, or technique out there and the learning never stops.

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