I was first approached by Sherry in April of this year. She had completed a queen size hunter star quilt top as a gift for her daughter on her upcoming nuptials. The wedding and all of the exciting planning and activities leading up to the wedding were zooming up on Sherry, as they always do on the mother of the bride. So for the first time ever, Sherry was looking for someone else to quilt for her. Please take a moment to applaud this, after years and years of quilting this is the first time Sherry passed a quilt to someone else, and only because she was under an abnormal amount of pressure and deadline!!! I'm in awe. After the second time of pushing smaller quilts than this through a home sewing machine, I knew I needed a long arm machine or a quilter, and Sherry had been doing it herself for years!!!
Sherry sent me a photo of the quilt and we met to talk at our next guild meeting, Sherry brought the top at that time so I could see it in person. After listening to Sherry regarding her concerns, and her vision for the quilt, I made a few suggestions, but could see we weren't quite on the same page yet. I asked Sherry to do a little homework for me. I sent her home and requested she send me a few pictures of quilting that she liked, or images of other quilts that came close to what she envisioned. This little activity is akin to taking photos to the hairstylist, sometimes you just need a better idea of what is wanted before you can fit the right design to the person/quilt. Through this activity Sherry found a few things she really liked that she hadn't previously envisioned and we were able to create a plan, meeting one more time with me sketching on the photo she had originally sent to me and writing a few specific requests.
At this point you might think we had things figured out, so away I go right? Well, not quite. You see now the pressure of quilting a wedding gift was on me, and there was no way I was going to mess up the beautiful queen size quilt top Sherry had placed in my care! So I took some time planning a quilting path that could get me around the quilt with as few starts and stops as possible. I even pulled out a charity quilt to practice a few motif options that Sherry had suggested to determine which would be best. I practiced and played and tried my different paths on the charity quilt, not being too careful about getting it perfect, but still enjoying the process and learning. After finishing the charity quilt, I decided I was as ready as I ever would be and loaded Sherry's quilt, I really did feel more confident that I wasn't going to mess it up!
In the end, I stitched in the ditch around each star to help those stand out as a focal point, then quilted nested squares in the space between the stars. The setting triangles were quilted similarly with the addition of a wide spaced banner of a free motion leaf motif. We used an 80/20 batting so that the quilt would be easy to care for, with Superior So Fine #50 thread to match the antique white solid.
I couldn't be happier with the outcome of this quilt, and really believe it was worth the extra time spent. I hope for years of love in the new family being created and for Sherry's quilt to give them warmth and happiness as they start their marriage.
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