Thursday, September 26, 2013

Carla's Quilt


Carla's Quilt 
45" x 54"

Today I'll share my most recent quilt with you.  Surprised?  Not one bit of appliqué!  Here's the story:

My daughter Carla and her hubby Jack purchased a 1920's farmhouse near Minneapolis and have done major renovations while still keeping the beauty and character of the home intact.  In the process of decorating, Carla found a photo of an antique, traditional quilt and asked me to replicate it for their living room.  No problem!

I found the vintage navy fabric on Etsy and the white background is a Moda Bella cotton.  

The pieced block is a variation of The Old Maid's Puzzle, set on point.  

I used my favorite Triangulations software to create the half square triangles which was a breeze, but then matching points while piecing the blocks took a bit of practice, not having done this for a while! 

The quilting needed to be just right and I decided to find an expert to do this, someone who could capture the hand quilted look on a long arm machine.

At the Treasures for Tomorrow quilt show in Marshfield, WI 2 years ago, I was lucky to meet the  winner of the Best Machine Quilting award, Ann Becker of Always in Stitches and see her winning quilting.  I contacted her about this challenge and she was up for it.  What a wonderful job she did!

The finished quilt is beautiful.  Carla had debated about wanting me to wash the quilt creating even more of an antique soft puckered look, but right now, she's happy with it as is.   

I will present it to the Fahdens next weekend.


 Close up heirloom machine quilting.

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