On Monday evening I finally finished quilting the customer quilt I teased you guys with last week, when I showed you just part of the back. It was late when I finished the quilting, so I waited until yesterday morning to bury some threads and trim the quilts. I was then able to get them back to Shirley, before our state Stay at Home order took effect. She was happy to get them home, and I’m excited to check two more finishes off my customer quilting list.

Custom Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

Isn’t that so pretty? These quilts were made by sisters and they were exactly alike. Same fabrics, placement, everything. Even the quality of the piecing was the same – just perfect. The seams were straight, the quilt was flat, and everything was square. They were so fun to quilt!

Custom Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

The quilts begged for feathers, so that’s what they received. Feathers everywhere! I let the computer do them, and then I added my touch with ruler work in the blocks, the center medallion and in the pieced piano key borders.

Custom Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

The best part about quilting these on-point blocks was that I figured out how to stitch the entire block with one start/stop and very little backtracking. I love when I can minimize the starts and stops and don’t have to break thread.

I used several different rulers. My favorite 9″ straight ruler by Green Fairy Quilts, the BFF and #20 Curve by Quilted Pineapple, the Squiggy by Angela Walters, and the mini slice by HandiQuilter. Five rulers! That just makes me happy.

Silly story about my rulers, which you may or may not want to read. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you..) I have gotten into the habit of sticking my straight ruler in the back pocket of whatever jeans I’m wearing. That way it’s always handy when I need it. You know, just grab and go instead of having to figure out which end of the quilting frame I left it. So yeah, it’s handy. But inevitably I have to go to the bathroom sometime during the day and I forget that the ruler is riding around with me back there. So when I hit the bathroom, drop my jeans and sit down, that ruler hits me on the back of my thigh and I’m always jumping off the toilet, wondering what the heck is grabbing at my leg! Duh! Eye-rolling right now... Okay, back to the quilts!

For those of you who want to know, I used Glide 60 Mocha on the top, and Omni #3005 in the bobbin. It was a great combination, and I had no tension issues, thread breaks or shredding. I’m a HUGE fan of Glide 60 threads.

Custom Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts
Custom Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

These quilts are beautiful and it’s always a joy for me to see a quilt top kinda ‘come to life’ as I quilt it. It’s a great feeling. But the absolute best part for me is just after that last stitch goes in, and I begin to take the quilt off the frame. That’s when I get to really see the texture and design on the back. It’s fabulous!

Custom Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts
Custom Quilting by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

So yummy! (Or, as John Legend said on The Voice Monday night as he listened to his contestants sing, ‘so tasty‘!) LOL …. I agree, John – the texture on this quilt is very, very tasty!!

I’m off to load up the next quilt and will have more finishes to share later this week. Happy quilting!

Beth