I’ve made several Dream Big flower panel wall quilts. They usually measure around 42″x 42″. But when my aunt requested one for her queen sized bed, I knew that smaller panel wouldn’t work. However, it turns out that there were a couple of options in a much bigger size – 108″x 108″ to be precise!
I love all the variations of teal in this quilt, but finding a neat backing was challenging as a result. I was finally able to spot this backing that had most of the same shades represented, and it was also the exact amount I needed. I took it as a sign and went for it.
The panel was much too big to do my typical feathering quilting design, but I knew I wanted something more interesting that an utilitarian stipple. I decided in swirl as it was unusual but also easy to maneuver over the vast size.
Hi folks, I wanted to let you all know that Quest Quilts is not accepting anymore commissions due to Kira going back to grad school. It’ll be a good while before I can take any on. However! I am hoping to post ready made items here and there. Also, I still have plenty of items in the Etsy store. Feel free to message me about those.
I’ve been working on t-shirt quilt commissions lately, but I did manage to squeeze in a couple of the popular flower wall quilts. I made a pink one and a purple one.
The pink one is up for sale in my Etsy shop, and at some point I’ll list the purple one. These are apx 42″ x 42″. If you’re interested in either, feel free to message me here as well. They are $200 each on Etsy- this includes shipping. If you order them through me, then they’re $185.
Did you know that Tacocat spelled backwards is still Tacocat? My niece does, and she loves it. So much so that, when I asked her what kind of quilt she wanted, she asked for a tacocat quilt. My daughter had a tacocat shirt, so I based the concept off her shirt.
Once I drafted an image, I made the applique layers and created a truly unique creation. My niece’s favorite colors are blue and green, so I used them for the backing and border. Another color combo I probably would have used is purple and teal. Either way, I can’t wait to give it to her.
We moved, and one of the best parts is the new sewing set up. That being said, all my sewing stuff was packed up, and I was going slowly crazy running back and forth between two houses. So I’m finally the owner of just one house now – whew!
My stuff is all set up, and I’m officially open again for commissions. I believe I contacted everyone whom I promised I would by now; if I missed you then I apologize.
I’m still undecided about this year’s craft fair schedule, though. 2021 was an awesome season for me, but it really pushed me past my limits considering I have a full time job as a teacher. I’ll post any updates on that front here.
A while back, I made a wall quilt for my classroom featuring the monarchs of Britain. It helped for when I taught British literature.
Recently, I revisited that idea in the name of Shakespeare. I adore The Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta, and I call it my “happy place.” I wanted to do something special for them, so I bought a book of Boydell engravings from all the Shakespeare plays from his first folio. I also found images of the bard himself, Elizabeth I, the folio catalog page, and the list of principal actors. Using these images printed on fabric, I made a wall quilt. I color-coordinated them by genre.
I used fabric with gold accents, and I used a dull gold thread to quilt a meandering vine pattern.
Needless to say, I’m thrilled with how this came out. I gifted it to the tavern the other day. I told them they could keep it or auction it to raise funds. From my understanding, I believe they are keeping it. Such a high compliment. In the end, it’s a small token in comparison to the joy I’ve gotten from all their shows.
This upcoming weekend is my last show of the fall. To be honest – I’m exhausted. Being a full time teacher and doing multi-day shows over the weekend, in addition to navigating this freaking pandemic and trying to be a decent mom/wife, has really taught me a lot about my own limits. I found them. Actually, I ran into them face first. Color me surprised.
The shows I’ve done have been great, and I’m proud I tried some new venues for sure. I’m going to have to mull over what next year looks like, though. I had hoped to go back to grad school starting this summer, but I think I’ll wait another year. Covid has made for a lot of stress, and adding grad school on top of it feels more like a fool’s errand than a strategic career move. So it’s just delayed for a little while – not canceled.
So what’s the plan for after this last show? Well, I’ll put up the rest of the items not already listed here and on Etsy. I’ll focus on the commissions I have and get them finished by Christmas, and then I’ll slow down and try to make some smaller items.
For those interested, here are the items I have going into the last show.
Stadium Quilt 4′ x 4′- red/white/gray Unicorn Quilt Shabby chic – brown Care Bears Quilt Violin Quilt 1 Violin Quilt 2 Doll Quilts 9x Dinosaur Quilt Dinosaur Doll Quilt Firetruck Quilt 4′ x 4′ Train Twin Quilt Rainbow Mariner’s Compass Quilt Llama Quilt Llama Doll Quilt Rainbow Guitar Rey and BB8 Wall Quilt Mermaid Mermaid Doll Quilt NASA Twin Quilt Yoga Sloth Quilt Yoga Sloth doll quilt Star Trek Quilt Mandalorian Wall Quilt 2X Last Unicorn Wall Quilt Lantern Corps Quilt African Print Lap Quilt African Print Doll Quilt 2x Bookshelf Wall Quilt 2x Wine Quilt 2x
This is meant to be hung on a wall as art. While it would normally also be a lap quilt, the quilted oaths are very delicate. Washing this and using this as a lap quilt will make the oaths fade. To preserve the oaths script on the wall quilt, this will need to be spot cleaned only. Again, this is meant to be wall art.
This is the ideal gift for the Lantern Corps fan in your life and would be great as a birthday, Christmas, or house-warming gift. It would also make a great hanging in a nursery or comic book store! Also, for guilt-free shopping – the funds from this quilt are going to help pay for my grad school costs.