1920’s Vintage Art Embroider, Quilted!

Society Silk Embroidery | January 21, 2015 | By

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.

The handwork and lacework is just amazing.  It was originally a pillowcase and came with the original green satin underlay.Here are a few pictures of the back so you can see the stitching.  So precise!  Those women of yesteryear, WOW!!
 The finish is spectacular and changes everything about this piece.  I am spending a few evenings doing some minimal beading to bring down a bit of the puff and add to the shine of the whole.
Finished size is 21″ square and will eventually become a wall hanging.  Ready to find that next treasure!
I finally finished the binding! It took forever to find the right color as I wanted to stick with that early 1900’s green. I ended up with a 1/2″ satin ribbon. It was a little tedious to stitch, but in the end I love the tiny edge!

The Cost of Long Arm Quilting

Uncategorized | January 13, 2015 | By

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!

“Farm Girl Finery” Quilted!

Farm Girl Finery

Customer Quilts | January 10, 2015 | 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!

 Have a fabulous weekend!

Depression Era, Green and Cheddar Orange Vintage Quilt

Customer Quilts | December 27, 2014 | By

This is a recent customer finish on a vintage 1930’s pieced top, made in the classic depression green and cheddar orange colors of that era. It was made by an aunt and tucked away in a drawer for many years!
 Taking a vintage/antique quilt and giving it a modern twist is my choice. I know it’s not for everyone and there are those that would rather see a traditional finish, possibly hand quilted. I LOVE to hand quilt, but because of time constraints, it’s not always feasible. I opt for finishing a quilt, rather than keeping it hidden away for no one to enjoy. That old adage, “it’s not a quilt till it’s quilted!”, has become my mantra. My secret mission is to save all the forgotten and stashed quilt tops of the world!
I’m always a fan of the quilt back! You get a sense of the real quilting and the design elements used on the front. Enjoy your day!

Quilting a New York Beauty!

Customer Quilts | December 5, 2014 | By

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’ll just stream the photos for your enjoyment!  I think it finished beautifully and I was sad to send it back to her!
Backs can be the most amazing part of a quilt, don’t underestimate them! Enjoy your day!

How To Clean a Vintage/Antique Quilt Top

Uncategorized | December 2, 2014 | By

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.

The next day I gently squeeze out water, rinse, repeat, at least 3 or 4 times.  You will find the water is so dirty and smelly that once or twice is just not enough!  I rinse until there is no more brown in the water.  I squeeze out all the water I can without twisting or wringing.  Then I lay it out on the grass for most of the day.  Depending on the fabric and the stitching, I might air fluff it in my dryer for about 20 minutes.
This quilt had a lot of “tea” stained areas due to age, so it got a second soak for the staining AFTER it was quilted with a product called Retro Clean.  It comes in powder form and I also mix it in the bathtub and let it soak overnight.  Same process, squish out all the water and then lay outside for a good sun soak.  I definitely give it some time in the dryer for a softening.
This quilt came out looking brand new when it was finished!  It’s initial bargain price of $10 took a little work to get to the finish, but all worth it at the end!
I used an all over sunflower pattern for the quilting.
I love the vintage fabrics and especially how white and bright it became!
Need a vintage quilt, quilted, and wonder what it would cost?  This top was 80″ x 90″, which is 7,200 sq inches.  I charge 2 cents per sq in for an edge to edge design, totaling $144 for the quilting.  Add in 3 yds of batting at $10/yd and the total is $174. Shipping both ways will also run about $20-$30, depending on the size of your quilt.  That’s it in a nutshell!  Email for a quote and time frame!

“Leaves”, by Jenifer Dick…..quilted by Kelly Cline

Customer Quilts | November 11, 2014 | By

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!


This is a large quilt, 90″ x 90″.  I couldn’t get the whole thing in one picture so you can imagine these two shots side by side create the whole thing.


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 😉

Vintage Pansy Collage Quilting

Uncategorized | November 3, 2014 | By

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!!

Beautiful Applique!

Uncategorized | September 23, 2014 | By

I recently finished this beautiful applique for a customer.  It only took her 6 months to complete, which astounds me.  I’d be 10 years on something like this!!  I love the texture that was created by the quilting.

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!

Headed to AQS Chattanooga!

Uncategorized | July 29, 2014 | By

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.

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