Friday, September 6, 2013

STARS IN GRANNY'S GARDEN

Until recently, I had never been "interviewed" to do a quilting job.  But now I have.  I was pretty nervous.  This customer had called me on the phone and ask some very specific questions and said she wanted to meet me and show me the quilt and tell her exactly what I would do.  Oh gosh, sometimes when I look at a quilt for the first time, I can't tell you specifically how I will quilt it.  I know it sounds funny but sometimes the quilt has to "speak" to me.  I don't know why it can't talk to me just laying on the table spread out but sometimes it just does not.  Why does it have to be rolled in the quilting frame to "speak" to me.  Maybe it's the urgency of having to decide so you can the quilt done and move on to the next one.  Anyway, thank goodness her quilt spoke to me when I saw it and I was able to tell her how I thought I would quilt it.  She not only interviewed me, she interviewed 3 other quilters also.   Later in the week, I got a call from her saying she had decided to select me to quilt her quilts.  Now I was really nervous.  I hope I can fulfill her expectations. 
 
Believe it or not, this lady is a new quilter.  She hasn't been quilting very long at all and she does fabulous work!  Even though I was nervous about the interview, I think she had a very good idea.  When you stop and think about it, you have a lot of time and money invested in a quilt top and you sure don't want someone to mess it up with the quilting.  She didn't know any of us personally and requested so see samples of the work we do and checked out references from us too, I believe.  

This is called Stars In Granny's Garden.

She even did needle turn applique!  Pretty darn good and she's a beginner!!!

The quilting pattern is called Sweethearts by Anne Bright.
 
She even made pillow shams to match the queen size quilt.  She is giving this to her 4 year old granddaughter.  I sure hope she and her mom appreciate the love, time, and money put into this quilt and treats it like an heirloom quilt that it is. 
 

She also brought me this Texas Flag quilt too.  See I'm not the only one who makes Texas Quilts.  And of course, this is for her husband.


My customer requested that I use a gold thread to quilt it in.  I wasn't sure about that.  It would not have been a color I would have recommended but I love the way it turned out.  It doesn't scream at you on any section of the quilt.  It blends right in on the blue, red and cream section.  I forgot to take a picture of the backing but she used a toile Texas print and she matched the design so you couldn't see where she pieced it together!  Now that's over the top!

 
I used the Lone Star State quilting pattern.
Oh, and by the way, I did fulfill her expectations.  She was very pleased with the quilting when she picked the quilts up.  YAY!!!  (breathing a sigh of relief!)
 

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