Friday, December 2, 2016

Scrappy Patchwork {Client Quilt}

"One of the greatest gifts a person can give another, 
is support."

As a longarm quilter, I consider myself somewhat of a "support" person for quilters. I often get the questions "Why do you want to finish other people's quilt tops?  That one isn't even pretty...why bother?"

My answer always is "because I would want someone to do the same for me if I needed it."

Enter in a scrappy patchwork quilt from a client.  She commissioned me to make her a Handkerchief quilt (stay tuned), However, in the box of handkerchiefs, I also found an unfinished quilt top and backing she had chosen.  She wrote in her note that she was in her 70s and realized she was never going to finish it herself, she'd love for me to finish it for her.  All the scraps are squares she cut from various projects in the past. How can you say no?

I pulled this little dotted yellow fabric from my stash, inspired by the little yellow squares in the backing and the small pops of yellows in the front. She loved it for the binding.

I chose a simple meander in Superior Thread's Natural Linen.

I had to show you my binding style since I took this picture while I was working on it!

 My small Longaberger basket, some Aurifil yellow thread (I will use anything for binding....ANYTHING), needle and scissors.  I use paper binder clips to secure my binding to the front.  I know everyone loves Clover clips, but I adore these.  They are extremely inexpensive and come in fun colors. 

 I like how they flip down and don't get caught on things while I'm working (the clips catch and fall off on me...I guess I'm rough when I bind?)

I loved how the yellow turned out. 

It framed the blues, reds, and greens beautifully.

Quilt Stats:
Measures: 37" x 60"
Pattern: Scrappy patchwork
Fabrics: Client's scraps
Quilted: Meandering Free motion on Handiquilter Avante

I'm excited to send this back to her! 
All finished instead of collecting dust in a closet somewhere.
A gift for her....that ends up being a joy for me. 

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