I Am Getting Close!



I won’t blither on with more quilting yada yada yada, but I was quite pleased with the way my quilted monogram and area fill ended up so I thought I would share it with you.  For those of you new to the conversation, this quilting is done free motion on my sewing machine (Bernina 730) not a longarm.  The background fill has yet to be completed–obviously.

The Diane-shiko fill around the monogram was done on a quarter inch grid and Diane has generously provided info on her Diane-shiko technique in a recent post on her blog:   Diane-shiko

I am on the last border and hopefully the quilting will be concluded by the end of next week.  Yeah!  I think the time invested has turned out to be worth the effort and I am quite pleased I did it. 

Everyone have a good weekend!




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I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

6 thoughts on “I Am Getting Close!

  1. Sandra,
    You never cease to amaze me. Your work is exquisite-the quilting as well as your applique. Did you draw the little flowers onto the quilt before you quilted them or are they done freehand? Your monogram is wonderful-is it trapunto or did you just use the wool batting? I envy your talent; you have been gifted with wonderful artistry. I can’t wait for your book to be published? Any idea when that will be? Thank you so much for sharing your expertise.

  2. Will we get to see the completed effort? I’m so eager to see it!! What does the “D” stand for? It’s been a privilege to watch this process. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

  3. wow, a quarter inch grid for the Diane-shiko background fill–that’s SMALL! –more of that intricate detail which characterizes your work…

  4. I was trying to acheive that Paris pin stitch of the whitework monogram linens of the past. The smaller grid Diane-shiko really accomplished that. I was really happy with the results.

  5. Thank you Beth 🙂

    Yes, I did draw my pattern (flowers etc.) onto the quilt with the blue washout marker first before quilting. I cannot tell a lie. LOL

    I did trapunto the monogram as well as my quilting motif. Letters will not stand out with normal quilting, especially skinny ones, without trapunto to help accentuate them and lift them from the surface work.

    The book should be out either spring or summer 2010.

  6. Frances you are welcome!

    Eventually you will see the whole quilt. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal the bulk of it at this time or I will hear about it from the publisher. Yes, this is the pattern in the book! Which is why you only get the bits. The down side of handwork is I have one project at a time, so in order to demonstrate what I am working on, well…..

    Since this is the book project, unfortunately I can’t share all right now. 🙁

    The “D” stands for “Miss D”. The quilt is inspired by a dear friend and I call it, “Tea with Miss D.” This quilt has turned out to be very special to me. My daughter has already called “dibs” on it.

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