Monday, July 18, 2016

Welcome, Emerson Quilting!

It's definitely an act of trust to send off a quilt top to be quilted.  All that time, all those careful decisions about color and pattern, all that money just in the fabric - a quilt top represents a great deal of personal investment.

When I was new to quilting, my mother-in-law (who sews amazing Halloween costumes) asked if I would quilt my own quilts, or send them out.  She had been shocked to discover that some quilters don't "quilt" their work.  I guess I was a little confused to hear that too, but now I get it.  In fact, I think most of us who have made a few quilts understand the attraction.  Some quilts are just too special, one doubts they can do justice to the quilt top.  Some quilts are just too big, one's home machine is not roomy enough to accommodate.    Sometimes we just want to be free to frolic in patchwork, patchwork and more patchwork, grateful to pass on finishing to another.

 quilting by Emily Sessions

The first quilt I sent out to be quilted was queen sized.  When my mom explained she'd like the Sparklers quilt finished with dense straight line quilting, you all know I groaned.  Groaned.  I'd seen Emily Sessions of Emerson Quilting's work on another blog, so I got in touch and took the leap.  Since then I've never looked back.   Emily's quilted a few works for me.  She's always easy to communicate with, friendly and delivers on time.  And since I'm such a happy customer I figured she'd be a perfect sponsor for this space!

Rail Fence quilt finish!

This time I sent Emily an average-sized quilt, my Rail Fence scrappy quilt for Patchwork from Scrap.  I chose another straight-lined pattern and one of Emily's signature styles - concentric rectangles.  The quilt is covered all over with concentric rectangles that melt into one another to form a consistent texture.

Rail Fence quilt finish!

After receiving my quilt back from Emily, all it needed was a quick trim around the edges and some zigzag binding. The quilt is sewn down to the batting about 1/8" from the raw edge, so all the edge seams are protected and it's very easy to handle.

Rail Fence quilt finish!

From the front you mainly see straight lines, vertical and horizontal, but not crossing over each other.  It like that the quilting does not distract at all from the patchwork, but subtle compliments it from the front. 

Rail Fence quilt finish!

Looking at the back, the eye easily discerns the concentric rectangle pattern, adding interest to a much simpler side of the quilt. 

Rail Fence quilt finish!

An average throw sized quilt, like this, with an all-over pattern costs $75 to quilt, which is the minimum price at Emerson Quilting.  You could also opt for custom quilting with different patterns on different parts of the quilt or changes in thread color.  To calculate pricing see her Pricing page.  For examples of quilting on diverse quilts, see her main blog feed.  But keep in mind that Emily is game to try new styles, so don't be shy to talk to her about your ideas!  She does everything on her longarm, but free-hand (no computer to guide the machine).

Rail Fence quilt finish!

I'm looking forward to sending more of my quilts off to Emily in the years to come.  I hope you'll give Emerson Quilting a try if you need help getting some quilts finished and ready to use.  Every returned quilt is a little quilting miracle.  She does the hard work of basting and quilting, and you get to celebrate another completed project... and maybe, just maybe start something new!!!

p.s.  Rail Fence is listed today in my Etsy Shop!


8 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, Emily is so good! I met her a couple of years ago at a retreat in Utah and sent two quilts home with her. I was so happy with what she did on them. One was a gift for my grandma's 86th birthday, and Emily made it so so so special. Can't say enough good things about her. You will love working with her!

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation Rachel. I've sent an email off to Emily about a favorite quilt top that has sat for far too long. I agree that her work is lovely.

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  3. It looks like she has done a fantastic job on your quilts. It is always nice to have a good recommendation.

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  4. Her work is lovely! Your quilt didn't last very long in your Etsy store! It sure was pretty!

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  5. I love Emily!! She does AWESOME work!

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  6. Wow. Thank you for sharing this source. This is good to know. I am a zillion long arm quilters here in NoVa- er, sorry, Northern Virginia.
    I haven't even begun asking around for good recommendations.
    I should. I know so many of my friends quilt by checkbook.
    She has a lovely blog too

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  7. Rail Fence is so fun and colorful - I love it Rachel! Thank you for recommending Emily! Very often the friend who does quilting for me has too long a backlog.

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    1. So glad to, Lara! And thanks for your compliment =)

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