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Kelly Cline Quilting

Champagne and Caviar

“Champagne and Caviar”, is the title I’ve given to this spectacular quilt! It began as a 100ish year old, silk embroidered tablecloth, purchased from an estate sale. Unfortunately, I have no information about the maker, who is the major artist on this work!

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This tablecloth was incredible when I found it! Exquisite handwork comprised of drawn thread work and a padded satin stitch. Seriously incredible because the maker essentially DOUBLE embroidered this piece. First, with a white cotton floss to create a 3-D effect, then she stitched over the first embroidery with silk floss. Of course, pictures don’t do it justice. I will hope you might see it in person someday!

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To begin this quilt, which is 75″ square, I stitched around every bit of embroidery and thread work. I backed the entire piece with white satin to give it a subtle sheen. I used the new Glide Cream color, 60 weight thread for the outlining. It’s a great super fine, polyester thread.

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I started in the middle, knowing this focal point would be an important part of the quilt. I used Handi Quilters’ Preview Paper, which is a sturdy, clear plastic to audition and play with designs. You can see what I decided on in the next photo. LOVE preview paper!!!

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I worked different areas of this quilt depending on each days’ mood! I stayed on this for over a month, maybe 250 hours, which is really impressive if you know me! I get tired of working on the same thing and often hop from project to project. This was actually fun and I could hardly wait to get up every morning and work on something different.

At one point I realized I would need to start doing some embellishing as I quilted, so that I would make a show deadline. Yikes! Thank goodness I use Red Snappers, which made the loading process take just a few minutes each morning. I spent my evenings beading and my days, quilting!

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Using all my rulers on this one! Especially the Kelly Bean for the curved cross hatch. I also use it to guide my hopping foot around applique.

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Maybe the most difficult decision I had, was to eliminate some of the makers’ embroidery. It was the only part of this pristine piece that had some wear. I either had to repair the work that was missing or take it out completely. I spent many evenings taking out her work, which made me feel terrible. Once the quilt was finished, I loved that I made that decision!

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A few more pictures of my process. This quilt is off to the Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace show in Sandy, Utah. It can be seen live and in person from May 4-6 at the South Towne Expo Center. Later this summer, it will hang at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, held June 15-17, in Overland Park, KS.

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I’ll share the final photos in a week or two. I want her to get through her very first competition in Utah next week. I’m so excited to finally have had time to work something for myself. I’m sure it was the makers heirloom piece and now it’s mine. I couldn’t be more thrilled!

 

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    Eileen Bayda
    April 27, 2017

    Absolutely beautiful. You give me such inspiration to try new techniques. Thank you

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Eileen!

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    Jackie C
    April 27, 2017

    Another exquisite piece. I can’t wait to see the final pictures. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous work.

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Jackie!

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    Jeanette L
    April 27, 2017

    Unbelievable! Words can’t describe. A true work of art!!!

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Jeanette!

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    Lori Spaulding
    April 27, 2017

    This piece is absolutely beautiful! I love the before picture as well as all of the close-ups of the different areas, and your explanations of how you tackled it. Beautiful!

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      [email protected]
      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Lori!

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    Patty Hecke
    April 27, 2017

    Kelly your talent is beyond words. This is more beautiful than I can say. Can’t wait to see it at the KS. Show! I’m going just to see this quilt!

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      April 27, 2017

      Oh thank you Patty, you are so sweet! C’mon, you’ll go for other things 😉 See you there!

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    Lesley Morris
    April 27, 2017

    Stunning work and a love of labor on this one. These are the pieces we quilt for. Kelly, would love to follow this quilt’s future, hope you post. Thank you!

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Lesley! Truly love on this one. Yes, will post the finish in a week or two!

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    Yanicka Hachez
    April 27, 2017

    This is fantastic and I am sure the original artist approve of your work. I have many antic linens and I am waiting for the perfect time to work on those

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Yanicka!

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    Martha Irish
    April 27, 2017

    This piece is absolutely gorgeous. I so admire your work. Thank you for inspiring me to try a small piece. Traverse City MI is a beautiful place to visit especially in the summer!

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Martha! Glad you are inspired! Anything north is beautiful 🙂

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    linda-kaye
    April 27, 2017

    Your work is stunning Kelly! This post has helped me get my inspiration back! I’m working on a quilt for my son and his wife right now and there’s some open space that had me stymied and quite frankly I’m gonna borrow a little something from your quilt to challenge myself! Hope you don’t mind!

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Linda-Kaye! Borrow away! That’s what it’s meant for, inspiration and ideas. Why re-invent the wheel??!

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      April 27, 2017

      Thanks Sarah!

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    Gloria
    April 27, 2017

    This quilt is absolutely beautiful. I love looking at all the vintage pieces that are taking on new lives in the quilt world.

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    Margaret
    April 27, 2017

    Thank you for saving this beautiful, vintage piece…..and another thank you for sharing it with all of us! Your vision and work is awesome! I always look forward to your posts.

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      April 27, 2017

      Thank you Margaret!

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    lynn
    April 27, 2017

    Kelly, absolutely fantastic! What you do is unbelievable, so exquisite. I’m always in awe of your work. I have a question. Are you using a blue washout marker? I see the blue lines in one picture. If so, how do you remove them. And if so, it therefore appears you trust this product even on very old fabric items. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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      April 27, 2017

      Hi Lynn, thank you! I am usually very reluctant to use marking pens, but on this one it was necessary to get it all right! I used a blue, water soluble pen. I have found that a mix of baking soda and water will remove the marks, permanently. My dear LA friend, Becky Collis, tells me that the soda water changes the PH of the pen. Seems to work and the marks do not return like they do when using just water. Now, who knows what will happen 50 years from now? I guess I can’t worry about that! Where possible, I make small, registration marks only. Thanks for asking!

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      April 28, 2017

      Thanks Brenda!

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    Irene Kennedy
    April 28, 2017

    I just love seeing what you are working on! This is truly a magnificent piece. I’m sure that whoever made this would be happy with your results. You have saved someone’s love of sewing and made it MORE.

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      [email protected]
      April 28, 2017

      Thanks Irene! I can tell it was a labor of love for the maker. Became that way for me too!

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      [email protected]
      April 28, 2017

      Thanks Carolyn! Very regal! Will check out your website! Looks fun!

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    Maria Gardner
    May 23, 2017

    Phew, you take my breath away! I’m tempted to embroider my own tablecloth just so I can follow your design. It is truly an heirloom for future generations. Thanks for sharing.

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