Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lee Ann's Treasure

A customer, Susan, brought in a partially pieced quilt top with swatches of silk screened Lilly Pulitzer fabrics she had collected for her daughter Lee Ann as a child. She had pieced them together in a grid and wished for it be made queen size and finished for Lee Ann's birthday earlier this month. This was a long time UFO for Susan and, a dream quilt for both Susan and Lee Ann.
Another customer had most helpfully grabbed some likely fabric candidates for adding on to the pieced Pulitzer patches ( how is that for alliteration!).  The batik was as soft pastel that had all different colors blending in and out in it much like the patches and looked great together.  Many thanks to our helper!
Details of the "freestyle" quilting 
Susan and I discussed the project and I was let loose to finish it!  
I had never heard of Lilly Pulitzer but I really liked the patches and looked at some of her work online so I could match my quilting to her style as best as I could.
Details of the freestyle from the back
The center patchwork strip just has a meander over it so as not to detract from the artist's work and on the other strips on each side of the patchwork I did a random freestyle quilt collage incorporating feathers, swirls, flowers, roses, daisies, leaves, waves, wiggles, hearts and echoes. It was so much fun to have so much creative space to play on as a quilter! I used 22 bobbins of King Tut's Mummy Dearest thread on the bottom of the quilt, just to give you an idea of how much quilting there was on it. It measured 86"x 93" and is one of the largest I have ever done on my Bernina.
Susan picked up the quilt and was delighted.  I can't tell you how great it feels to see someone so pleased with the job I have done for them. She further rewarded me by sending me pictures of Lee Ann receiving the quilt and gave her permission to have the pictures on my blog. Thank you so much to Susan and Lee Ann it really was a pleasure to work on this project.
 Here is Lee Ann with her quilt!


  1. Wow! How beautiful! I was truly impressed by the quilt and the quilting and then to find out it was done on your bernina! I was blown away! I can't imagine doing something of any size on a domestic machine! Susan made a wonderful quilt -- Mandy, you did some outstanding quilting -- and LeeAnn got the best gift of all!

  2. Hi this is Lee Anne - with an "e" lol.. love my quilt!! thanks for all your hard work... so glad to finally have it done!!! 35 some odd years later... :-)


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