Last night, I finished up quilting two gorgeous quilts for my client Mary. 😍. I keep pulling out my phone to look at and drool over the photos -- I am dying to share these quilts with you! But it will take about a week for the big, brown UPS truck to get these quilts from my studio in North Carolina back to Mary in New Mexico, and then Mary will understandably want to bind both quilts and share them on her own blog, Quilting Is In My Blood, before I share the quilting photos here. So you don't get to see those quilts today.
But then I realized that somehow I neglected to share two earlier projects that I quilted for Mary several months ago. How did THAT happen?! I know how it happened. I loaded someone else's beautiful quilt on my frame and got totally engrossed and distracted!
Without further ado...
Mary's Murmuration Quilt with Contour Cocoon E2E
Murmuration is an improvisation pieced quilt pattern from Bryan House Quilts, available for sale here. The watery blues and greens of Mary's fabrics inspired the quilting design, Contour Cocoon by one of my favorite digital designers, Karlee Porter.
|Mary's 62 x 72 Murmuration Quilt with Contour Cocoon E2E Quilting|
In order to get that cascading waterfall effect with the quilting design, I loaded Murmuration sideways on my longarm frame -- like Landscape instead of Portrait mode, in photography terminology. This is what Contour Cocoon looks like the way it's designed to stitch out:
|Detail of Contour Cocoon E2E, Upright Orientation|
Among quilters shopping for their first longarm quilting machines, a frequent discussion topic in social media forums is how big of a frame is needed. Usually people think about this in terms of how many King size quilts they are likely to quilt for themselves, and how many King size quilts they think their potential customers might bring if they are wanting to start a business. However, my 13' frame isn't only useful for King quilts.