Saturday, June 7, 2014

Grandmother's Flower Garden

This antique quilt top was brought in by a customer that does not quilt. It was made by her grandmother and she was desperate for me to quilt it.

This top was all hand pieced and there was nothing flat and smooth about it.

When I started to put it on the long arm I questioned myself if I had bit off more than I could chew.

Before agreeing to take on this project I had informed the customer that I would be straightening off the edges.

After loading the quilt I stared at it a while trying to decide how to quilt it. I really wanted to do something special, but because of the condition of the top I was resolved to the fact that the best thing to do was to stipple the entire quilt.

I am sure you have heard it said when working with an imperfect quilt top that it can be "quilted out." Well, it did the trick. The quilt is not perfect but I think it does look pretty good.

I don't generally offer the service of binding, but because I was dealing with a non-quilter and her grandmother's work, I did make an exception.

I have to be honest and say that I was a little anxious about quilting this family treasure, but I am very pleased with the result. I hope my customer is as happy as I am.


Karin Vail said...

quilting does make ALL the difference! You made the right choice by squaring off the edges, it looks amazing! I know your customer will be SUPER pleased! A family heirloom for sure!

Rose Marie said...

I was wondering how this quilt would turn out .... you did a wonderful job! They will be thrilled.