My forever favorite quilting is vintage linens! Oh how I love to bring them alive! I found this art embroidered linen in an antique store a few months ago for $18. I finally had an afternoon to quilt for myself so this is what I quilted. Here are a few “before” pictures.
I had my fabulous machine drive for the finish of this crazy quilt. I needed to clean up my studio and hate to have a quiet space, so I chose one of my own recent purchases to put on the frame.
My lovely machine is a Handi Quilter 24 Fusion with Prostitcher. In English this means I have a large machine with a computer 😉 I can either guide the machine myself or with the computer. Many times I choose both.
This crazy quilt is a great example to explain a few things. First, don’t spend a bunch of money for custom quilting on busy fabric!
Honestly, do you see much of the pattern on the front? I only notice the fabulous 1930’s fabrics, which is the whole point of this quilt for me! Now let me show you the pattern…..
I also did the stitching in red to distinguish the pattern as much as possible on the front, but it hardly matters when you have such a collage of fabrics.
So yes, on a solid, spend some money, where you can see it! And you can spend a LOT of money if you choose. Let me break the cost down of this particular quilt.
I charge by the square inch of a quilt, depending on the intensity and difficulty of the pattern. An edge to edge, all over design is by far the easiest and most of the time, finished by the computer. There are oodles of designs! Charges begin at 2 cents per square inch. The dimension of this quilt is 63″ x 74″. If you multiply these numbers you will get the total square inches, 4,662. Now, multiply that times the per inch cost of the quilt, 2 cents….4,662 x .02 = $93.24. Custom work (lots more quilting) begins at 3 cents per square inch and goes up from there. It’s that easy!
I carry a few different types of batting and mostly use Hobbs or Warm and Natural 80/20. I can also use 100% cotton or washable wool. Polyester batting can be a little slick, so I’m not such a fan. Most quilts use 2 or 3 yards of batting @ $10 a yard, so add $20-$30 for batting.
That’s it in a nutshell! Email or Facebook message me for a quote. You can also find me at Kelly Cline Quilting on Facebook, where I usually post daily. I am booking into July right now and I ship all over the country. Thanks for stopping by!
Over the holidays I finished a beautiful customer quilt. The pattern is “Farm Girl Finery”, by Kim Diehl, found in her book “Simple Appeal”. The maker, Lauren, did a beautiful job on the piecing, which made my job of quilting so enjoyable! It was such a fun quilt to work on and the outcome is stunning, if I do say so myself 😉 The finished size is 64″ square. She plans to enter this in a few shows, so hopefully you will get to enjoy somewhere in person this year!
Let me first say that I have great respect and admiration for the folks who can make this quilt! Hats off to my customer, Gay, who is a fabulous seamstress and did such a beautiful job on piecing this beauty! I used one layer of Hobbs 80/20 batting and many colors of Glide thread. I love the sheen of Glide and the polyester works well with my machine.
I’m a little particular about the smells and condition of the quilt tops I work on, for myself and customers. I have a terrible mold/mildew allergy, so there is no tolerance for them in a quilt top! I have found a few things that work well for me. Here we go…..
AMMONIA, is the secret to removing mold and mildew. I soak 1 part ammonia to 7 parts water in the bathtub, overnight. Every now and then I go in and give it a good stir and a squish.
I’m thrilled with this quilt! Designed for this months edition of Modern Quilts Unlimited is Jenifer Dick’s quilt, “Leaves”.
My granddaughter was with me when I found a copy. Even she seemed to love the colors!
Jenifer and I both share a love of 70’s colors and these are definitely my favorites. I used Glide thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting. I had so much fun designing the quilting for each area of this quilt.
Backs are beautiful too!
Want to make this? Grab a copy at your nearest quilt store. Jenifer has easy and well written instructions in this issue. I happen to know a longarmmer that can duplicate the quilting 😉
This is one of my favorite tops to quilt, the collage top. A mix of crochet, linens and applique made this piece unique.
I let the design of the top decide the quilting. I couldn’t go into the crochet as much as I would like, but I did manage to get some of the inside quilted enough to keep it secure.
I am extremely pleased with the outcome and so was the customer. Success!!
This was a photo I shot one early morning when I came to my studio. It felt somewhat spooky and calm at the same time.
I always think backs are beautiful too!
I received an email last week that this quilt was accepted into a BAQS Exhibit that will be held at AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga. If you’re wondering what that stands for, it is the Bad Ass Quilters Society, which I’m tickled to be a part of!
This quilt began as a top that I purchased last fall on ebay for $25. It is vintage 1930’s and was just beautiful to begin with. The flowers were appliqued to white muslin, very simple. I did a lot of echoing of the flowers and added a whole bunch of fill. You might also see the secondary tile design.
It hangs fulltime in my studio and my granddaughter “pets” it each time she walks by. That makes it all the more special! It will be hanging in Chattanooga, September 10-13.