Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Some are easier than others


I love quilting for customers. It allows me to stretch my imagination, play with fabric and thread and actually see almost finished quilts...a stage my quiltmaking rarely takes me to. Sometimes, for various reasons I run late with customer quilts, but for the most part, everyone is wonderful about it. The customers who created the quilts below are no exception...I'm truly blessed to have the customers I do!

For the past 2 weeks I've been working on this quilt. It's a paper pieced New York Beauty. It is the most elaborately pieced quilt I've ever seen. Every block was different and it had some of the tiniest points I've ever seen. Since I rarely do pantographs (the laser gives me migraines) I do mostly custom quilting. This quilt just screamed for it! So I quilted...for hours and hours and hours. Then I quilted some more. I finally finished it last night. It's incredible. When the customer picked it up today, she said she was going to display it with the back up, so everyone could see the quilting. I was touched. I thought the back was amazing too! :o) So here are a few pictures...


Then there are other quilts which are just as beautiful and only need a simple treatment because the quilt design is so strong. Such is the next quilt I did. I meandered it all over and the design stands out...not the quilting. Here is a picture of that one...






Like I said, I feel blessed to have such talented customers who make my work such a pleasure. And I only have 8 more quilts before I'm done for Christmas...and 3 on the waiting list IF I get done in time! We're still waiting to see what happens to our house, so I don't want to book too much in advance, just in case we're moving. I have to admit, it's been about 8 weeks and we're getting discouraged...it seems the housing market in our area is slowing down. Now we're worried the house won't sell, so we dropped the price a bit and we'll see if that generates any interest. And that's it for now...think it's time to hit the hay!

5 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh Carolyn! Your quilting on that NY Beauty quilt is to die for! No wonder it took you so long, and no wonder the owner wants to show off the back! WOW! How great that is! I'm so glad you posted these pics!

Finn said...

Hi Carolyn, beautiful job on the quilting..beautiful quilt! I'll add you to my prayers list for a buyer for your house...keep the faith..*VBS*

Darcie said...

G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S-!-!-!-!-!

Treat yourself to something nice, Carolyn! You've worked hard and it shows!

Darcie

Samantha said...

The wuilting on the NY beauty is amazing! Good luck with the house... We sold our last year, and got an offer 12 hours AFTER what we had marked as "panic day"... It happens in it's own time!

Tonya R said...

Wow - that NY Beauty is awesome, both you and the piecer did incredible work.