Thursday, February 14, 2013

a Quilting Miracle

Earlier this week I opened a box and pulled out this...

quilting by Emily Sessions

That's a bonafide quilting miracle, folks.  I sent away a ginormous 96" x 90" quilt top and a huge piece of 108" wide flannel backing, then received back this treasure of straight line texture from the hands of miss Emily Sessions.

that's a quilting Miracle

When my mom explained she'd like the Sparklers quilt finished with dense straight line quilting, you all know I groaned.  Groaned.  So, when I got in touch with Emily Sessions after seeing her work for A Quilt is Nice, I realized this large quilt would be just the one for my first longarm experience.  This was my first time sending out a quilt.

do you like it?

Honestly, it all went so well!  Emily at Emerson Quilting graciously accepted my desire for starbursting straight lines in all the sparkler blocks and dense straight lines in all the background pieces (changing direction based on the orientation of each background piece - that was my mom's clever idea!).  So many starts and stops and so many changes of direction - it's something I would have never attempted at home.  She asked good questions to clarify my directions, and even didn't mind putting in "my signature" at the bottom corner, to make my mommy smile.

thanks, Emerson Quilting!

I am so happy with how it all turned out!  The quilting is deliciously flat and the lines are nice and straight, but "natural" looking since she longarm quilts by hand, not with a computer.

ready to bind!

Now I just have to trim and bind her.  Easy peasy.  What a load off!  And, as enquiring minds may want to know, I am currently working on the Sparklers quilt pattern, anticipating a finish sometime next week.

Thanks so much, Emily!  It was definitely a pleasure.

53 comments:

  1. Can't imagine it any more perfect!

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  2. Rachel, I heart this quilt and YOU! Thanks so much for the post. :) -Emily

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  3. That is absolutely stunning, I adore it, wow! : )

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  4. Oh, how beautiful! Your mother is going to be thrilled!!!! I can tell you are very pleased....

    Emily - You done GREAT!!!!

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  5. That is a fantabulous quilt. Your Mommy is very lucky.

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  6. This is really amazing! Perfect quilting for the design.

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  7. I'm doing a happy dance that you're going to do the pattern up for us! That is one I will definitely want to be purchasing!

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  8. Beautiful indeed your long armer did an amazing job

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  9. That is so beautiful. You both did and amazing job. Your mom is lucky! Did Emily stitch in the ditch to get to the next line, or were there lots of threads for her to bury?

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    1. Good question. She mainly went in-and-out at the starbursts so she didn't have to bury threads there. Along the outside edges of the starburst she did stitch in the ditch to travel to the next spoke. From what I see overall, she looked for opportunities to not have to bury threads. I think that's great because it makes the quilting stronger!

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  10. How amazing does this quilt look! I would never have guessed it was longarm quilted because it has that home machine quilted look and feel to it that I love. Great job Emily!

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    1. Oh, you're right! I hadn't looked at it that way because I would NOT have done this at home. But, yes, it does have a handmade look in a very good way. I bet that comes from not using the computer.

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    2. Same here. Far too big for my litle machine and lots of stopping and starting.

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  11. i adore this quilt. and the quilting really makes it shine.

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  12. How BRAVE of you, and what a beautiful gift to receive back! Although binding is my LEAST favorite...I would like to send out for that!! :)

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    1. Haha! Yes, well since finding my way to zigzag binding, it is not big deal these days. Binding by machine is so fast!

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  13. Stunning. Looking forward to getting the pattern!

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  14. That is fabulous! I am in love! I will not ditch my husband and come steal your quilt to cuddle with for Valentines day though. Too lazy to get on a plane ;)

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  15. Cannot wait until you're done with this pattern - will make it this year! And Emily did a marvelous job with that quilting - it is just stunning.

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  16. Wow! So unique and interesting. Love it!

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  17. Wow, I wish I'd known about her before I started almost the exact same thing on my normal machine at home on a 60x60 quilt for my daughter. It's been intense! Emily did a beautiful job and your mom should love it!!

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  18. Amazing quilting!! I do most of my "special quilts" quilting by credit card these days.

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  19. This quilt looks so stunning. I love the photo when you just finished the top and holding it in the sun.

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  20. wow! this is a quilt I will want to make for sure

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  21. An absolutely gorgeous quilt. Your mum is sure to love it.

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  22. Wow! This might be my favourite quilt of yours (so far).

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  23. Gobsmacking is what this is. Gorgoeous Malorgeous just doesn't quite cover it. Stunning. my favorite of all your quilts so far. I truly heart this.

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  24. that is just amazing! I love all the direction changes - it's perfect!

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous! The direction changes give it such movement- perfect piecing, perfect quilting!

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  26. I'm drooling over here! This is such a beautiful quilt and enhanced so much by the dense straight line quilting! Great collaboration, I'd say!

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  27. Wow ~ it turned out great! Looking forward to seeing it all done up and the pattern too!
    It's great to find a good long arm quilter and Emily did a fab job!

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  28. It's a beautiful quilt Rachel; the quilting suits perfectly, Can't wait for the pattern :)

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  29. This is lovely! Did you wash the flannel backing before sending it out to be quilted?

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    1. No, I didn't as the quilt top fabrics had not been prewashed either. Hopefully it all works out!

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  30. wow!!! what a beauty, totally amazing quilting, love , love, love!!!

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  31. The quilting is stunning- and truly enhances the design!

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  32. What a beauty! Your Mom will love it. I'm glad to hear you had a positive experience sending out a quilt for the first time :-)

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  33. Wow these long armers are so talented x

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  34. It is so beautiful, both the pieced design and the quilting which perfectly complements it.

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  35. I've been coveting this since you showed the quilt top on the bridge! Waiting, waiting for the pattern!

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