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!