This is going to be really off the cuff…between being joined at the hip with my machine and my apple trees hitting their stride I haven’t had a chance to sit down and think this one out…I almost forgot to go to guild last night?!
I am going to answer a few questions that get asked pretty regularly either by email or in the comment section –
Do you use a ruler for Continuous Curve quilting?
No. When I learned to do CC quilting (waaaaaaay back in the beginning of my “career”) the point was to be able to move across the quilt top (or throughout the block) quickly and easily with out starts and stops.
If I were to use a ruler (and we are just talking the simple curve kind of CC that some people call orange peel) it would slow me way down and the price for that kind of quilting would have to increase. (PS the sunflowers are a digital block design…not freehand)
My Cc is not perfect, but it is pretty good and viewed on the quilt as a whole looks fine. Remember what I said about perfection?
What’s with all the feathers?
I like feathers. My clients like feathers. They request a lot of feathers. Beyond that, feathers are very versatile and can fit into all sorts of spaces. They can be formal or playful and give a nice texture with an element of design. There are also many different styles of feather “fronds” that can be adapted for different styles of quilts.
For example – This Lettuce Leaf frond on Lizanne’s batik beauty…
Or the more traditional feel of this feather wreath on a Civil War reproduction quilt
How do you get so much quilting done?
Hmmm, I think this is relative. I know quilters who do many more quilts than I do per year. I average about 200. I don’t know if comparatively I get “so much quilting done” but this is my full-time job and I take it seriously. I don’t miss deadlines and work very hard on my schedule so that I neither over do it (risking burn out) or under-schedule so I have time on my hands during what I consider to be my work day.
I guess to really answer the questions I have to say that while I am flexible with my working schedule, for the most part I am in the studio every week day quilting and occasionally on the weekend if I feel like I need to make up time or if I took an afternoon off during the week.
Do you take quilts by mail (out-of-state, etc)?
The short answer is yes. I do take quilts from out of state.
BUT in our first conversation I will tell you that there are marvelous quilters in your area; if not really close by at least closer than I am. And it is nice to be able to meet face to face and make sure everyone is on the same page with their expectations. That said, I am not in the business of turning away work. So if you are sure you want to try me out then yes, I will take your quilt.
Let’s be honest, it is flattering that you like my blog and my work well enough to want to ship your project across the country. But as an Everyday Quilter I know that there are probably quilters in your area that can do you quilts as well or better than I can.
Which direction do you load your quilts? Why?
If possible I load the quilt top and backing with the longest sides attached to the leaders. Fewer advances of the top and backing that way. However if the designs I am working are difficult to create in that direction OR if the backing seams are parallel to the short sides I will load the top with the short sides attached to the leaders.
That’s it for today…my brain is emptied out for the day…
In the comments box from WWST part 4 Gayle suggested I walk you through the decision making process on a quilt or two that I am going to be working on soon…this is a good idea and I will watch for a quilt I can do this with. Until then…if you put questions in the comments box of this post I will take up in Part 6 next week…
Otherwise I will have to come up with something myself…come on…work with me here!