Quilting Detail on Backing

First Local Longarm Quilting Client Quilt

It feels soooo good to be able to say I crossed off another item on my long WIP list yesterday afternoon! In July, I attended a local arts and crafts gathering at my local airport called “Arts and Parts”. I gave out a few business cards and had a nice time chatting with other local artisans. In August, I received an email from a woman that I had talked with that day, and she asked if I could quilt a quilt top for her in time to gift to her mother just after Thanksgiving. She dropped off the quilt in early September, and she picked up the quilt from me yesterday.

Detail of Quilting

Detail of Quilting

And did I mention that many of the fabrics had a lovely golden sparkle in them? Yum! It was a lot of fun to quilt. :) The quilt top was 77 inches wide by 100 inches long, and I am a bit sad to say I neglected to measure its size when I was done with the quilting (you know I love that information!). I used Quilter’s Dream Dream Green batting.

Fit Check

Fit Check

When I was ready to start quilting, the first thing I checked was how the quilt top sized up in relation to the backing. It’s not that I did not trust my client, but knowing that there was plenty of width and the spacing top to bottom was slightly tighter helped me know how to load it on my longarm.

Quilting Detail on Backing

Quilting Detail on Backing

I just love getting to see the quilting detail on a nearly solid backing like this, too! I quilted using 50wt Aurifil #2000 (Light Sand). We discussed different motifs and settled on a double loop in the center bargello center, ribbon candy in the first border, and a large floral design in the outer border.

It is fun to see how quilting can transform a quilt top! I received an email from my client as soon as she returned home saying that she is amazed with the quilting, and she asked if I would consider quilting her first pieced quilt top for her. I am so glad she liked working with me so much and I look forward to the next project for her!

27 thoughts on “First Local Longarm Quilting Client Quilt

  1. vanni says:

    Wow, beautiful job! And you picked very nice designs with your customer!

  2. barbora says:

    Very nice quilting, the pattern is perfect, I bet both your customer and her mother will be very happy with the quilt!

  3. Pam Losely says:

    Yvonne, great quilting on the quilt! I especially liked the outer motif of fern flower design. It really complimented the inner swirl pattern. Pam

  4. Christina in FL says:

    Wow, Yvonne, I know you have one happy quilting customer. Beautiful quilting and her mother is going to be completely thrilled (I see happy tears!). Way to go!! (I also like to measure after quilting. Then, for my own quilts, after washing.)

  5. Audrey says:

    I’m not surprised that your customer was so impressed! The quilting is gorgeous! And I’m so glad this first experience turned out so positively. Hooray for you and the quilt! :)

  6. Liz Horgan says:

    Yvonne, the quilting is beautiful–I love the designs! I also heard that you did the October Bee Buddy interview for Vanessa Wilson–can’t wait to listen to it!

  7. Cindy says:

    The quilting is wonderful, I can see why she liked it. One less item to think about on the list..yeah

  8. shecanquilt says:

    Your quilting is lovely, and a repeat customer shows how much she loves it.

  9. You did a spectacular job, no wonder she wants you to do more! So will all her friends.

  10. jayne says:

    Having a happy client makes it so worth it! The quilting is wonderful and brings the quilt to a whole other level!

  11. Kaja says:

    You did a lovely job, so not surprising your client was pleased.

  12. Miriam says:

    Beautiful job with the quilting! The best compliment is return business–congratulations!–well deserved!

  13. Beautiful quilting job! The patterns enhance the piecing and that is a wonderful compliment that the quilter will be back with another top :)

  14. Helen says:

    Beautiful job well done . And congratulations on your first custom quilting order and a repeat customer already !

  15. Congrats Yvonne–may you have many more customers knocking on your door!

  16. Vera says:

    Good job! Congrats on expanding and having satisfied customer!

  17. Abigail says:

    What a fantastic job you did and so great to hear wonderful feedback from your customer!

  18. Christine Wiseman says:

    Beautiful quilting!

  19. Tish says:

    This turned out beautiful, Yvonne. I do love a ribbon candy border, it’s such a fun design to quilt. Congrats on a very happy customer!

  20. Lisa says:

    it looks like the start of a great quilting relationship.

  21. Anne says:

    That’s so nice! Great quilting and a happy customer: can’t ask for more! Congrats!

  22. carolegoldquilts says:

    Nicely done! I can see why she wants to come back for more. :-)

  23. I confess I once accidentally give my long-armer backing that was not quite right. I THOUGHT I had checked it, but a couple of months had elapsed and I had simply forgotten that I had not. Checking is a good idea. :)

  24. Jasmine says:

    Congratulations on this beautiful quilting finish. How wonderful that she loved your job and wants you to do another. I love your border quilting and now want to go sketch it out. Thanks once again for the inspiration.

  25. The quilting is awesome. And the quilt is beautiful. Glad you have a happy customer.

  26. You did a fantastic job, Yvonne! And I agree, seeing all the lovely quilting on a solid back is always fun. Congrats on your first client quilt. It’s definitely a success.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)