|Before & After Pics of UFO|
I had recently borrowed Sherri Lynn Wood's "The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide for Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously" book from a quilting friend, and was ready to try some improvisational piecing. I began by raiding my scrap bin for any solid in colors that could be found within the butterfly print. They were sorted into 4 piles: magenta/red-violets, oranges/yellows, chartreuses/limes and teals. A few additional cuts from yardage was used to supplement value and color variety. Lastly, color swatches were cut out from the buttterfly print and added to their corresponding fabric piles.
|Fabric Pull of Solids/Scraps and Matching Swatches of Butterfly Print|
|Improv Pieced Blocks to Quilt Top|
|Quilt Back Featuring 3 Remaining Improv Pieced "Chunks"|
I will confess that I was a little apprehensive about entrusting my quilt top to a complete "stranger." Up until now, I have quilted all but one of my quilt tops--and the other one was taken to one of my local quilt shops where I knew the quilter well and was able to do some in person consultation. Any initial anxiety on my end was soon alleviated after a few email exchanges with Jan to discuss quilting designs and thread selection. It was pretty evident that Jan took great pride in his quilting, was a total professional and was soon no longer a complete stranger! He drew inspiration from my quilt top in addition to recently attending a quilt show, and drafted up three different sketches for my consideration. I was in awe of all three design proposals, as they all looked modern and just fabulous!! I had some difficulty deciding which was my favorite and knew that there simply was no wrong choice! Excited about Jan's vision, I went to work removing all the safety basting pins (which I had to remind myself was much easier and faster than quilting the top myself!!) and preparing my top, backing and batting to send off for him to work his quilting magic! He was great about letting me know that my quilt top had arrived safely and event sent me a sneak peak/in-progress teaser pic! Soon thereafter, he emailed me to let me know the quilting was completed and my quilt was en route back to me!! As soon as the package arrived, I eagerly opened it up and...absolutely LOVED it!! The customized quilting drew my eyes and hands from section to section of gorgeous quilted texture!! It was such a dynamic design with so much interest, movement and detail!! One final detail to note in my rave review, was the personalized hand-written note that Jan included on an orange-shaped, hand-crafted card! From start to finish, all my interactions with Jan have been very positive and I highly recommend Jan's top-notch quilting services!!
|Detail Shots of Quilting by Jan of Quilting Among the Groves|
|A New Quilt for Moi!?!|
During the photo shoot, Susie Q and Panda made it clear that they highly approved of this new quilt, as they kept sneaking into the shot.
|Susie Q & Panda Give This Quilt 4 Paws Up!!|
|Butterfly Blossom, Finishes 50" x 60"|