Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What on my frame?

Glad you asked! (grin) I've been working all day on a beautiful 10th anniversary quilt made entirely from the bride's dress complete with the lace trimmings!

I'm in awe of the piecing! Nice 10 inch blocks that are either full of digitized embroidery, many of which I believe are Sharon Schamber designs (talk about intimidation factor, how do you quilt behind a Sharon design!) or are blocks containing pieces of lace from the dress or are crazy patches containing photos of the bride and groom.

Amazing. What a wonderful heirloom. And I'm having so much fun quilting it. Again a quilt as desired quilt, freedom to do what I think needs to be done. I truly work best within this freedom -- once I get started that is (grin). Sometimes it takes me a while to be inspired.

This is slow moving, it's not a big quilt by any means, just lots of detail and I'm having to remove the lace trimmings that have been pinned in place so I can have a visual of how it will look once it's embellished.


Some of the beads have found their way around my studio, but the piecer said that wasn't an issue, she had the same spillage when she was cutting up the dresss. There is no other fabric in this creation besides the dress (and photos). There are two layers of Hobbs Heirloom Wool batting and it's making a faux trapunto look behind the embroidery designs as well as the photos.


Blogger is being goofy again, and flipping my photos -- turn your head sideways and place the hopping foot at the top to see what I see as I'm sitting at my machine. Of course the lighting isn't the best, but I'm loving the way the quilting is so dimensional. There's some tiny feathers in this 10 inch block.


And even tinier pebbles in the middle of this digitized design. I can hardly wait until it's finished and I can hang it in the studio to get really good photos. I wish I could see it when it was completed with all the embellishments and binding. Quilts have such a metamorphosis don't they?

So this is what is on my frame today and all of tomorrow. Hopefully it will be finished tomorrow night as the owner has an appointment to pick it up the following day -- the anniversary is next weekend and I know there will be one happy bride as she holds in her hands the memories of her special day.

10 comments:

Barb said...

That is awesome....

sdgodfrey said...

Wow, that is gorgeous!! You're doing incredible quilting on it. She'll be so pleased.

BTW, do you know who will be at the A1 booth in Knoxville this month?

fancystitching said...

Awesome quilt, AWESOME quilting!
Kat

Nancy J. said...

It's just beautiful.... fantastic quilting.

Vicki said...

beautiful quilt. I have been without computer due to lighting strike. the tree is dead. so catching up on your blog. I wish I lived closer to you. I love the Jamie W. stuff. I am drooling....

Ginny said...

Oh Karen that quilt is fantastic!! Your quilting is just lovely, I can't wait to see the final product!
Gin

Susan Loftin said...

Beautiful quilting on a beautiful quilt. The customer will be very pleased!

GARI said...

what an honor to be able to quilt on this and what a beautiful job you are doing. I have never heard of a wedding dress quilt but am very impressed with the idea.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

You have done a beautiful job enhancing this quilt with beautiful feathers and detailed quilting. What a treasure! Maybe I will do something with my 38-year old dress since I did not have any daughters to pass it down to. (If it wouldn't fall apart with age)

Zlaty said...

Wow, what amazing quilting you are doing! I love it!
It really complements the quilt! Please show us the finished quilt! Is wool bathing better for the satin fabric, I am curious!

Happy stitching!

Zlaty