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I've made it kind of a rule not to do custom quilts from scratch quilts ie. design to completion. They are so labour intensive! However this next quilt I'm talking about today was a "special circumstance" quilt where I just could not say no. My customer had a Mary Poppins panel and really wanted it made for her granddaughter & felt she 1) did not understand how to convert this small panel into a twin sized quilt and 2) needed someone else to design & make it for personal reasons.
So I'll discuss my process first. I got the dimensions of the panel over the phone & found a pic of the panel online and then took the dimensions and plugged it into EQ8 (Electric Quilt 8) Quilt Design Software. The design I came up with is below. You will notice flowers in the borders in black (daisy like) these are to dress up the rather large borders. I also have an excellent quilting pattern in mind. I explained all of this to my customer and she approved of it.
Some up close pics of the quilting "Daisies Galore" & appliqued daisies is shown below. The daisies were designed & drawn out, fused with heat-n-bond and zig zag stitched with a small stitch width & length & matching thread. These daisies match the daisies on Mary's dress and create interest in the border.
It turned out that while still labour intensive, this quilt was fun to make and the colours speak to me as joyful. The quilting made the borders look almost as if they have a veil of lace daisies, the appliques & the variable binding helped to tie in the colours. I am really happy with the results and hoping my customer will be too!
Enjoy your week!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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