Mar 12, 2014

my first commission - a Sue Spargo quilt

My quilt buddy Amy G. asked me to machine quilt her hand appliqued, hand embroidered Sue Spargo quilt. She offered to pay me too, so I think that qualifies as my first "commission!"




Amy G. is a master and she works almost entirely by hand. She also hand quilts all her quilts. But this one is made with mostly wool applique... and there are many layers of wool in some parts, which means it would be nearly impossible to hand quilt.

So, its over to me and the trusty Bernina to machine quilt it! Fingers crossed. :)

This is a bit intimidating, actually. If I sew for myself, I just go for it and don't worry too much.  But, as you can see from the pictures, Amy has put a lot of hand work into this, so the challenge will be to enhance those embellishments, and not detract from them! I hope I don't screw it up. But I guess that is why God made seam rippers.

My plan is to try to mimic the circles and lines with tiny free motion lines (and thread) that blend into the background. We've already picked some beautiful Aurifil threads.

Next, I will quilt designs on top of the birds... also in a matching thread. Luckily I have a huge selection of thread colors! My Aurifil rack is below, just waiting for me to get started!! Choosing the perfect thread will be a lot of fun. I just hope my machine quilting skill can match Amy G's handwork.


More to come as I make progress. For now, I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced Wednesday WIP!

http://www.freshlypieced.com/2014/03/wip-wednesday-babies-need-quilts.html

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

9 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness...what a labor of love you have ahead of you. I would be stressed out beyond belief. Her quilt is so gorgeous it is hard to process. So much intricate work and so much time and effort have gone into making this. I know your mating quilting will be lovely. You can really put your talents to the fabric. Good luck in the hours ahead. You’re gonna do a beautiful job.

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    1. Thanks Genie. It is a gorgeous quilt. Wish me luck! Thanks for your comments.

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    2. Thanks Genie. It is a gorgeous quilt. Wish me luck! Thanks for your comments.

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  2. OMG that would be fun fun fun to quilt but also a bit stressful for sure

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    1. Thanks Sherry. Hoping for more fun, less stress. Thanks for the comment!

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  3. That bird quilt is truly gorgeous. I can certainly understand a case of nerves when quilting it. But it sounds like you are pretty experienced and have a full arsenal of colors at your command. I like your attitude about seam rippers. Sometimes the knowledge that something can be undone encourages creativity and the urge to try.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Diane. Yes, I agree. The great thing about textiles is they are very forgiving.

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  4. I can't wait to see what you do with the S Spargo quilt. I'm working on that same block of the month. Your studio looks fabulous!

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    1. Hi Jodi. Thanks for the comments. This looks like a fun quilt to make. And the cleaned up studio is working well. Thanks.

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