A Happy Client is a Happy Lita.
Negative space galore, that is exactly what I received from my client and oh, I'd like this and I'd like that, but do what you want with it. The pickle of hearing do what you want with more narrowed down thoughts can make you really think twice about the quilting but all the while you want to make sure you have a happy client in the end. So I embarked on a journey, with her quilt entitled "Split Personality". I forget what book she found the pattern in, but I will say, there was tons of negative space and lots of thoughts came running through my head. She wanting a dancing repeat of the traditional side, mimicked of the modern side and the run with it and I like feathers she said.
Don't mind the chalk residue. It's always cleaned up before the client receives the quilt back. It had to be both modern and tradition with this one solo block in a land of negative space. Repeat the traditional block with a dance across the negative space....
Empty, now what to do? All the traditional fabric was floral of one way or another. Flower?
I repeated the flower motif through out all the mimicked blocks as long as the original and the repeated the orange peel on a 1 inch grid, on the negative space along with bringing out the rogue block in a traditional "on point" block, feathers, and some piano keys. This was a fun quilt to quilt as it allowed for so many things. Her idea of dancing across was fanatstic and in the end, you have a happy client, you have a happy Lita :)
I'm REALLY hoping to snag this one back, when the weather improves. I'd love to get a better shot of in natural light. No matter, how I tried, The queen size quilt just didn't want it's photo taken. With any luck, I'll get to borrow her again for an outdoor shoot and show how she really does shine.
A Happy Client is a Happy Lita.
In this small town, with a population of just over 8000, there is a Fabric store. This store has been around for over 30 years and is loved very well by the towns people and the surrounding areas. Moving all of the world, through the military and landing in an even smaller town, I didn't always have a fabric store, so close. As you may know, my family and i moved here in just August of last year after my husband obtained his degree. I was okay with not going to a bigger city ONLY because, there was a fabric store in town. We were aware of the move for a whole year as my husband was offered a position during an internship. For a whole year, I kept looking at the owners silent blog and other silent social media accounts. All the while, I had an unsettling feeling that things were just a bit too quiet. What's going on her, I often wondered. Flash forward to almost a year later and after many visits house hunting, I landed in the fabric store. Nice, large store and lots of friendly helpers to boot. My kind of place, but why was everything so quiet on social media. I still don't really know. That day, I meet this lady. A lady how just so happened to look about my age. Thirty something. I remember telling my husband, how I had found a young quilter as I really hadn't seen to many, in person that is. I was just so excited. I secretly hoped we could be friends. You know, new town, quilting in common, similar age. I couldn't help but daydream. Fast forward to Septemeber 2015. I had been here not even a month and I received a message on facebook. "Are you the same girl that was in the fabric store........" Hmmmm, I thought, Who is this. Of course no picture, but I bit the bullet and responded. Looks like I could make a quilting buddy? Oh how that worked out. I met her in just a few days and , she was the same gal who I had gone home and exclaimed to my husband about. Our official meeting was great and since then, we have really flowered a really great friendship. One thing that sticks out, was her conversation about the fabric store. Yes....Do you know that the store is being sold? Umm, a sudden sense of sadness enveloped me. Oh no, I thought. I guess traveling to the city or just shopping online will have to work. Then a silly grin came across her face. "I'm buying the store!, she said." Oh my goodness, really? And it's true. As I really want to be selfish and be over the moon happy that there will continue to be a fabric store, a well establish fabric store. A well loved and appreciated fabric store.... I cannot help but be beyond happy for my new friend. A fabric store, now that's a fantastic dream and how lucky am I to have a partner in crime, sewing away in my studio, talking all things quilty, and being offered to quilt for the store? Pretty lucky and after moving everywhere and then here, I feel like I really can get used to it out here. I'm really excited to see my work hanging in the shop and being to teach there is just so great. She's a fantastic piecer and is pulling from all genres of the quilting world. She's also into making bags, and childrens clothes. The lines that she will be carrying are scrumptious and there will be something for everyone. Excited! Yes and if there is a bigger word, I am that too. I will leave you with one of her quilts, that i have been honored to do. I'm still waiting for my outdoor shot equipment and better weather, but theses shots will do for now and we all know, I'll have to get shots of the store and her quilts hanging in there, once it is officially her's. Closing is scheduled for later this month and she'll close the shop for a wee bit to update the look. I'm very happy for her and her wonderful adventure she's embarking on. To many, many more happy years with a local fabric store and online shopping from the comfort of your bath robe and slippers. Yes, count me in :)
She choose a variegated thread with a change of color occurring about every inch. She took this very traditional quilt and brought it into a more modern feeling without completely taking it there. She asked for straight quilting and Amish feathers and she absolutely loved it. It really was a fantastic quilt to work on. Every clients quilts are special. I love working on them as I become to attracted to more and more styles of quilts. This one is pretty sexy and apart from my whole cloth quilts, I don't usually choose tons of solids. I think I will maybe give it a go and try to incorporate more.
xox ~ Lita
How has time ran away with me? I have been fantastically busy and somehow missed hitting up my blog. I've been pulling together a beginner's quilting class here. this has been lots of fun to remember the beginning process when things just didn't make too much sense. Was that just me ;) Do you remember when you first started quilting? Maybe you are new, and if that's the case, welcome to the wonderful and addicting world of quilting.
I remember the idea of quilting being on my bucket list. I had imagined that I needed blue hair to even give it a go. Sad, I know, and boy, how blown away I was to see so many 30 somethings out there quilting. I mean, you really do not need to be old, meaning one hundred and eight five :)
Stumbling through the world wide web, I came across many blogs and don't even get me started on YouTube University. I saw younger people with maybe even families at home and thought, I'm WAY behind the ball. I saw such talent in Angela Walters, Amanda Rolfe, Katy Jones, Jeni Baker, Natalie Bonner, just to name a few. I kept researching and discovered more and more and within 2 months of picking up quilting, I had my very first longarm. She was a TIN LIZZIE 18LS. I watched so many videos and saw a way to drive a machine and that, yep, I need one of those. She was good me and allowed me to learn a lot. With her 18" quilting throat, I quickly came to a realization that I would eventually upgrade to a longer neck and a true longarm. My awesome husband, who by the way told me to get quilting off my bucket list and do it now. He's a huge support. Whatever I needed to get to learn, was never a problem and when one day, a few years later after he bought my first longarm, well midarm, he stumbled into APQS and said, I want to buy a machine for my wife. Dawn Cavanaugh gave him the whole speel and she told me when she got to the asking price, most men say they'll be back, but not him. "Get it ordered", he said.
This brings me back to just last night, when my 10 year old wanted to do her doll quilt on the long arm. I couldn't help but have the flashbacks from when I was so unsure on being old enough. She just couldn't wait to do it just like mamma. The past almost 3 years, since she became interested in sewing and actually asking for own machine, has been such a blessing. I sure hope she inspires others to get it off their bucket list and live a little.
So, for anyone out there reading this, if by chance you are thinking about picking this hobby up, I must say, ABSOLUTELY go for it. It has been beyond fun. It is such a fantastic creative outlet, that i just can't tell you enough how easily addicting it is.
By the way, now I quilt on an APQS FREEDOM and I LOVE him! Quilting for myself and then for others has been such a rewarding experience. I am grateful for this hobby that took me over and whisped me away.
I cannot even begin to list all those that have inspired me. I must say the work of Sharon Schamber has just blown me away. When I grow up, I want to be just as good as her :)
Thanks for joining me on the trip down memory lane.
My adventures in Longarm Quilting. I caught the quilt bug and after two years, I will be opening up to professionally quilt for others. I am blessed to own an APQS Freedom and she is just so fun to stitch on. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and come have some fun with me and if you are looking for a longarmer, submit a request located at the header under Quilting Request Form. Like me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CrossandCrownQuiltCo