Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"The Queen and Her Court"

After 33 hours on the frame, this quilt is done!!  It was loads of fun to work on, but all good things must come to an end!  This pattern is from Wing and A Prayer Designs and is titled, "The Queen and Her Court".

I quilted this for my friend, Gwen, who wanted a quilt to show this June at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  She told me it would be her "heirloom" quilt, so that meant some heavy duty quilting.

The finish size of this quilt is 85" x 96".  I about had a heart attack when Gwen showed me the entry form for the show.  The longest side could only be 96"!  Whew!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1920's Vintage "Silk Society Embroidery", Quilted!

My forever favorite quilting is vintage linens!  Oh how I love to bring them alive!  I found this silk society embroidered linen on Ebay a few months ago for $18.  I finally had an afternoon to quilt for myself so this is what I quilted.  Here are a few "before" pictures.

The handwork and lacework is just amazing.  It was originally a pillowcase and came with the original satin underlay.

Here are a few pictures of the back so you can see the stitching.  So precise!  Those women of yesteryear, WOW!!

The finish is spectacular and changes everything about this piece.  I am spending a few evenings doing some minimal beading to bring down a bit of the puff and add to the shine of the whole.  

Finished size is 21" square and will eventually become a wall hanging.  Ready to find that next treasure!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Cost of Long Arm Quilting

I had my fabulous machine drive for the finish of this crazy quilt.  I needed to clean up my studio and hate to have a quiet space, so I chose one of my own recent purchases to put on the frame.

My lovely machine is a Handi Quilter 24 Fusion with Prostitcher.  In English this means I have a large machine with a computer ;)  I can either guide the machine myself or with the computer.  Many times I choose both.

This crazy quilt is a great example to explain a few things.  First, don't spend a bunch of money for custom quilting on busy fabric!

Honestly, do you see much of the pattern on the front?  I only notice the fabulous 1930's fabrics, which is the whole point of this quilt for me!  Now let me show you the pattern.....

I also did the stitching in red to distinguish the pattern as much as possible on the front, but it hardly matters when you have such a collage of fabrics.

So yes, on a solid, spend some money, where you can see it!  And you can spend a LOT of money if you choose.  Let me break the cost down of this particular quilt.

I charge by the square inch of a quilt, depending on the intensity and difficulty of the pattern.  An edge to edge, all over design is by far the easiest and most of the time, finished by the computer.  There are oodles of designs!  Charges begin at 2 cents per square inch.  The dimension of this quilt is 63" x 74".  If you multiply these numbers you will get the total square inches, 4,662.  Now, multiply that times the per inch cost of the quilt, 2 cents....4,662 x .02 = $93.24.  Custom work (lots more quilting) begins at 3 cents per square inch and goes up from there.  It's that easy!

I carry a few different types of batting and mostly use Hobbs or Warm and Natural 80/20.  I can also use 100% cotton or washable wool.  Polyester batting can be a little slick, so I'm not such a fan.  Most quilts use 2 or 3 yards of batting @ $10 a yard, so add $20-$30 for batting.

That's it in a nutshell!  Email or Facebook message me for a quote. You can also find me at Kelly Cline Quilting on Facebook, where I usually post daily.  I am booking into May right now and I ship all over the country.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Farm Girl Finery" Quilted!

Over the holidays I finished a beautiful quilt for my customer, Lauren.  The pattern is "Farm Girl Finery", by Kim Diehl, found in her book "Simple Appeal".  The maker, Lauren, did a beautiful job on the piecing, which made my job of quilting so enjoyable!  It was such a fun quilt to work on and the outcome is stunning, if I do say so myself ;)  The finished size is 64" square.  She plans to enter this in a few shows, so hopefully you will get to enjoy somewhere in person this year!

Message me for a quote to get your quilt top finished!  I'm booking into May right now, so get on the list.  You can also follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kellycline.quilting.  Have a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Depression Green and Cheddar Orange Vintage Quilt

This is a recent customer finish on a vintage 1930's pieced top, made in the classic depression green and cheddar orange colors of that era. It was made by an aunt and tucked away in a drawer for many years!  Remember, it's not a quilt till it's quilted!  Email me for a quote on your special top....headredkc at gmail dot com.

Backs are usually beautiful too!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Quilting a New York Beauty!

Let me first say the fascination I have with the folks who can make this quilt!  Hats off to my customer, Gay, who is a fabulous seamstress and did such a beautiful job on piecing this beauty!

 I'll just stream the photos for your enjoyment!  I think it finished beautifully and I was sad to send it back to her!

And I always think backs are beautiful too!