Monday, March 2, 2015

Vintage Embroidered Bird Quilt

I quilted this vintage embroidered bird top for my friend/customer, Shelley.  I wanted to keep it simple so I heavily free motion quilted it with swirls.







Shelley had a nice denim sheet we used for the backing, making this a fairly inexpensive finish for an adorable quilt!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Quilted "Silk Society" Pansies!

OH, how I love this piece!!  I found it recently on Ebay, from a seller named Melanie....THANK YOU MELANIE!!!  I asked for the history and she said it was from an Italian area of western New York.  I always like to know where a vintage piece originates!  



I have oodles of vintage, embroidered pieces just waiting for me, but this one spoke especially LOUD and made it's way to the machine over the weekend.  I'm so glad it did!

What is Silk Society embroidery?  "Society Silk" or "Silk Society" refers to the Royal Society of Embroidery.  The Silk Society produced the silk thread and the embroidery patterns.  The Silk Society also promoted the cottage industry of producing fine embroidered pieces.  Favored by the "Society" women of the early 1900's, these are some of the finest examples of embroidery.  Strawberries and roses were some of the most popular patterns.  I have collected quite a few rose patterns, but have not seen anything to date as beautiful as these pansies!


Even in its original state I found it breathtaking!  This is how it began, straight out of the package.


The magic begins.....


There is some staining, but once I get it all stitched it's very hard to notice.  I am still toying with a "Retro Clean" gentle bath.  


I pressed it very gently, but once I baste all the edges it becomes very smooth.


I don't do any drawing or sketching on these, I just let them speak and work my way through or around the embroidery.  I outlined all of the flowers and then did a beautiful, whimsical feather in the center.  I try not to overuse feathers, but these elegant linens SAY they want feathers.  Crazy linens!


There you have it!  The rest was easy, a few more feathers, fill, and outlining the embroidery.


The handwork is stunning!  The ladies of yesteryear BLOW ME AWAY!  I mean seriously, their embroidery skills were amazing.  


Here are a few close up of the corners.  I may put a few beads on this one and I've chosen a burgundy, satin binding.


Finished size is 21" square and I will proudly hang it on my wall when finished.  I'm SO lucky to have found this beauty!


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 July 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!