Update: Claudia wrote me to tell me that the pattern is Twist of Fate by Toadusew. If you want the pattern, please call The Village Mercantile at 812-897-5687. (Don’t tell her you saw her quilt before she did!) 🙂
I’m sure everyone who reads this knows that I’m a longarm quilter though I rarely post pictures of quilts I’ve done for others.
I love this quilt I just finished for my friend, Betty, and with her permission, I’m showing it here.
Betty made it from a commercial pattern and as soon as I find out the name of the pattern, I’ll post that info. Betty owns The Village Mercantile quilt shop in Boonville, IN. She was my “local quilt shop” when we lived in Kentucky and oh, how I miss that shop! The Village Mercantile has a new and improved web page and Betty would love to have any of you visit her shop (online and in real life). You can order the pattern or the kit for the quilt I’m showing you today.
This quilt kicked my butt! I had it hanging over the longarm for almost a month trying to decide what to do with it. Especially new longarmers struggle with knowing what designs to use, what thread colors to use, etc. This one proves to you that some of us long timers (over 10 years longarming) struggle every now and then. My initial thoughts were to do a panto — that’s quick and easy and a no brainer. Betty wanted to accentuate the “twist” in the design. That was her only suggestion — everything else was up to me. Even when I finally loaded it onto the machine Sunday, I only knew that I was going to do half a feather shape in the lighter part of the twist. That’s it! I started out doing the feathers in the outer green border and kinda just let everything else come to me as I was quilting. That’s not the way I like to operate! I like to know exactly what I’m going to do on every square inch before I get started but I just could not come up with a plan for this quilt.
The quilting in the darker areas doesn’t show up well in the photograph but there’s a feathered curly shape in those.
And, because I love the quilt and the quilting, here’s another picture — a closeup of a block.