I love getting a call from Mary, my quilter. She does such beautiful work and it's always so much fun to see what fabulous stitching she has done. I knew the May Flowers quilt would be spectacular, and it is!
I find it so fitting that the quilt is completed just when the flowers in the garden are beginning to make their debut. I love Foxglove. To me, it's fairytale, secret garden and romance all rolled into one.
Recently I was asked if I do my own quilting. I usually don't quilt anything myself that is larger than a baby quilt. Because of the volume of custom orders I do this time of year, it would be impossible to have the quilts out in a timely manner.
For me, piecing and quilting come from different parts of my brain. I can follow a pattern and after all these years of quilting am finally feeling like I can be confident in my color choices and don't have to use a kit. That took me quite a while.
The quilting, however, is an art form that I'm not skilled in. Mary can look at a quilt and see things that I don't see. She looks at the design and knows how to enhance it. When I take her a quilt she will ask me what I was thinking about for the quilting. Ninety-Nine percent of the time it's her call. I trust her completely as an artist.
I have a growing interest in handquilting due to Mary at Molly Flanders. I can't imagine adding that to my list of things to learn right now, but her techniques are wonderul as are her quilts. I love how God gives all of us different gifts and each of them produce something beautiful. Blessings!