quilting by Stitched in Color!

Did you know that Rachel of Stitched in Color now offers machine quilting services? She kindly reached out to me a while back, offering to quilt one of my quilts for me. And since I have many many quilt tops that are still hanging in my closet, I jumped at the chance to get one finished! (Actually, first I made her nervous by telling her I tend to be picky about quilting tension… nice, right?!)

We settled on this quilt, which is a decent size throw, made out of Heather Ross’s Mendocino line and a bunch of coordinating prints. You can see more of this quilt top here. I packaged it up and sent it off and asked Rachel to let me know what quilting design she thought would work well.

They have a number of quilting designs available, and are happy to add new ones if you don’t see what you’re looking for. Rachel suggested this clamshell triple fan design, and I agreed that it would be nice for this quilt.

I was so impressed by how professionally everything was handled once I mailed off my quilt. I received an email letting me know it had arrived, along with a scheduled date for when it would be quilted. And then before I knew it, I had another email with tracking information because it was already on its way back to me! (Unfortunately, I ended up with the flu and didn’t get out of bed for six days, so despite being anxious to see it, it sat boxed up in the hallway for a while!)

And look! So pretty! It comes packaged in this lovely aqua box, which my kids immediately tried to steal. I think presentation is so important, and Rachel has nailed it, making it a really fun experience to receive your quilt back. And then there’s the quilting – it’s flat and even and I am very pleased with how it looks on this quilt!

A bonus for me was that the quilt also was returned all neatly trimmed and ready for binding. Trimming a quilt is one of my least favorite jobs, so I was really happy to find that this had been done for me!

Do you have quilt tops languishing in your closet? I can tell you it feels good to get them finished. And if you’re like me and feel you’ll never have the time to do the quilting yourself, consider taking a look at Rachel’s quilting services. I know you’ll be happy you did! Click here for a thorough explanation of the process, including how to prepare your quilt.

I’m trying to decide on a good binding, then I’ll be back to show you the entire quilt soon!

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*As mentioned, the machine quilting was provided for me by Stitched in Color, though all opinions are my own. I highly recommend this service, and will definitely pay to have additional quilts quilted by Rachel!

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I have a finished quilt to show you today! It’s actually been finished for quite a long time, but has not been posted for lack of decent photos. These aren’t exactly the photos I wanted, but February in Vermont doesn’t provide a ton of options. My favorite barn as backdrop then.

You may remember this one from last Fall – I made the first out of Heather Ross’s Kinder fabrics, and then immediately wanted to see this design again out of Rifle Paper’s Menagerie. I love both of them, but right now while it’s still cold and wintery, I’m all about the colors of this collection.

I made the backing out of primarily the aqua floral from this line, along with little scraps from the front.

There’s something kind of satisfying about using up teeny little triangle scraps on the backing!

For quilting, I once again turned to Jacquie’s wonderful book, Walk. I can’t remember now which design I selected, but I do know that somewhere along the line I got off track, so what I ended up with isn’t exactly what I intended. I love it though, and love that it’s straight line quilting without just being straight lines.

I almost can’t wait to baste another quilt so that I can select another of her fun quilting designs. Almost.

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happy valentine’s day!

I’ve made a few Valentine-y quilts over the years (2013 (maybe my favorite?), 2014 with baby Hazel!, 2017 in a snowstorm…), and while I hadn’t had one in mind for this year, suddenly the other day I got the urge to make one. I love Allison’s heart block pattern, and thought it’d be fun to make up larger heart blocks to show off all my favorite Liberty of London prints.

I found this black and white polka dot fabric in my stash, which I’ve used, and loved!, for background before  (it’s by Bonnie Christine, from her Hello Bear line). I knew I’d be cutting it close, and indeed, I soon discovered that I did not have enough background fabric to finish this one in time for today. Never fear though, I ordered a bit more from Hawthorne Threads, and hopefully should soon have this one finished!

I have a feeling it may be snapped up by one little girl who loves hearts and quilts!

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