Monday, November 20, 2017



Quilter Phyllis Kovalik brought me a quilt that turned out to be a real challenge!  It was a Christmas Tree Skirt that was round, and was sewn onto a square piece of fabric so it could be loaded onto the quilting frame.  I had never done this before, but what the heck!  Challenge accepted!  

I used YLI White cotton thread and the digital quilting design called "Kuekenhoff" that can be purchased from Urban Elementz.   This pattern not only has a beautiful blossom as part of the design, but it also has leaves and swirly tendrils, which took on the look of ribbon, which was perfect for this Christmas project.

Part of the challenge of quilting a circular quilt was having to use all the thread to quilt all the way to the edge of the square that the circle was sewn to.  However, it turns out that my wonderful Quilt Magician allowed me to draw a shape of the circle to quilt within!  So easy to accomplish!

Here are a few photos of the quilt in progress.

And here is the completed quilt, ready to be trimmed and bound.  Normally, I trim quilts when I finish them, but this time I let Phyllis do the trimming, due to the circular nature of the quilt.  She also needed to cut a circle and a slit in the quilt so it could be placed around the bottom of the tree. 

Here is a short video of the quilt being digitally quilted with my Tin Lizzie Ansley 26 quilting machine and Quilt Magician software. Maximize the screen to maximize your viewing pleasure!

The size of this quilt is roughly 67" x 67" at the largest part of the circle, and the cost for my services was $98, which included a set up fee, digital edge-to-edge quilting, thread, and Warm & White batting.  And the quilt was finished and ready to be picked up in only a few days!

If you are a quilter looking for affordable rates for your latest project, give me a call! Don't quilt, but looking for a great gift for a special person in your life?  Or maybe you want something special for yourself.  I would love to design and create a quilt especially for you!  Contact me for details at 815.735.0997.

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