Posted in Batting, Quilt Stories, Quilting, Threads, Uncategorized

“Quilt As Desired”

 So you’ve finished your quilt top.  And the last line in your pattern says – “Quilt as desired. Bind. Enjoy!”  

“Quilt as Desired.” – I remember finishing my first quilt and those were the dreaded final words in the pattern.  What did that mean?  I didn’t know what I desired or what would look good, let alone how to quilt this top.  Geezzz…  That was over 18 years ago and I’ve been helping quilters with “Quilt as Desired” ever since!

I provide customized, freehand quilting.  That means I’m  drawing on your quilt with a needle and thread, using a huge machine. My longarm machine quilting is not computerized. I quilt freehand using designs  which I’ve  developed over the past 18 years.

You’ve decided to have your quilt top quilted – what’s next?

  • Schedule an appointment. Call (814 883 8708) or email me (barbara@alleycatquiltworks.com)
  •  My shop is in downtown Victorian Bellefonte, near the Centre County Courthouse at 107 East High Street.
  •  We’ll need about 30 minutes.

 How to prepare for our appointment.

• Bring your quilt top, batting and backing you have for this project. No need to baste them together.  You can also use the batting I have on hand. (I carry several types of Quilter’s Dream batting).

• What do you have in mind for how you want the finished quilt to look?

• How will the quilt be used? Is it a gift?

• What is your budget?

 At your appointment, we’ll discuss:

• How the quilt will be used and what you want it to look like. Is it a wedding gift? Or for a special someone heading to college?  For your bed?

• Your budget.

Based on those answers, I’ll recommend:

• A quilting design. These range from light quilting to custom designs for the quilt body, borders, and sashing.

• Thread color. I use high-quality threads designed for long-arm quilting machines. You may want a color that either blends with the colors of the top,  contrasts or accents certain elements . I will help you decide.

• When you leave – you’ll know what quilting design we will be using, which batting and thread and the exact cost. I will call you if there are any changes (which rarely happens).

 Here’s a link for more info:

http://www.alleycatquiltworks.com/quilting.htm

 Not to worry if this all seems a little overwhelming. I’ll guide you through the entire process

I’ll call you when your quilt is finished to set up a convenient time to pick it up.  Take it home and enjoy your new quilt!

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Posted in Quilt Stories, Quilting, vintage quilts

Gertrude’s Quilt

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I had the pleasure of quilting this quilt last week.  My friend Honey brought it in – what a treasure – all hand pieced ( and a little wonky)!  She told me her great grandmother made it and she’s kept it in her cedar chest for years.  I wish I had taken a before picture as it wasn’t even close to square.  Kind of parallelogram shaped would be more accurate.  I trimmed the edges ( no binding around hexies for this girl) and squared it up as much as I could.  The fabric in this quilt is pristine; no stains, no discoloration and no fading.

Quilting was a challenge.  I used spray starch and steam to tame those “fuller” areas. We decided on a simple loopy meander – made it easier to work in the extra fabric.

Honey picked up her quilt today and she loved it!  She had done some research on her great-grandmother.  Her name is Gertrude Amheiser from Juniata, PA.  She was born in 1869 – 148 years ago.  There’s no information on when she died.  So this quilt is probably at least 100 years old.  Love these family keepsakes!

The backing and the binding are unbleached muslin.  I’ve always been fond of the backs of quilts.

I am a first generation quilter – no vintage tops or quilts in my family.  I was lucky enough to purchase some vintage quilts that belonged to my great aunt.  I blogged about them years ago – if I can find it I’ll post it again.

Do you have vintage quilt tops or quilts in your family?  Do you use and enjoy them or are they tucked away?