A few weeks ago, I got a call from a person who had found me on the internet by googling "quilter near New Lenox". He said he had an idea for a memory quilt for his wife and wanted to commission me to make it. He stopped by with the rough sketch shown above. When he told me his name, we realized that our fathers (both now deceased) were close friends, and his parents are my god parents, whom I had not seen in over fifty years! Small world!
I referred him to Karen Musgrave to have the memory blocks created, because I do not do applique. He brought the blocks to me a few weeks later and I designed the quilt. He had also brought me a pillow to show the colors of his family room, and I made a trip to Roberts Sewing Center to shop for fabric for the top and a cozy flannel for the backing.
I pieced the top, quilted it with my Tin Lizzie Ansley 26 quilting machine, using a new digital design that my customer picked out, called "Lockets", which I have fallen in love with! I get my digital quilting designs from Urban Elementz.
I finished the binding this morning, and I am so happy with the way it turned out! This is going to be a lovely surprise for my customer's wife! The only problem is that he told me not to call him, for fear his wife would answer the phone, so now I have to wait for him to call me!
Here are a few photos of the completed quilt:
One last thing... With my new Quilt Magician computerized digital quilting system, I was able to perfectly size the quilting pattern so that the borders have centered heart lockets, and it ended up looking like a custom border pattern, without the extra fuss and expense to my customer.
If you are in the market for a custom created quilt, please contact me. Projects like these are so much fun, and the resulting quilt will be treasured by your loved one for life!