My true passion lies in custom quilts. Each one made as a unique one-of-a-kind art piece. Sometimes they are modified from a pattern or designed from a picture or your imagination.
Custom quilts have variety and creativity. They can be custom-made to help you realize a specific artistic vision to compliment the décor of a room. Perhaps an art quilt made for a wall. Some quilts are designed with personal reflection on whom they are being gifted. I love to work with clients to memorialize special occasions such as weddings or the birth of a baby. People tend to think that quilts are just fancy blankets, but my clients and I know that they are custom pieces of art that will be cherished. Send me a message to discuss a commissioned custom quilt.
Moreton’s Harbour and the Young quilt
Moreton’s Harbour is an art quilt designed from a picture that was taken on a Sister’s Trip to Newfoundland. It hangs in my guest room, which I affectionately call the Newfoundland room. The quilt on the bed was inspired by a print by Adam Young that hangs on the wall.
The Goderich wall quilt designed by @messpatterns reminded me of the sunrise rising over the slow moving Bonnechere River in the Ottawa valley. I custom quilted using a yellow Glide thread.
This was a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern called Bird Song. The client wanted a unique summer quilt. I customized it by adding panels to enlarge it to fit on a single bed. Custom quilted throughout the center with imaginary flowers on some of the stems. The leaves and birds were given some quilted details. Along the border, I added some leaves and vines.
Pins and Paws
A custom quilt, pillow cases and rug made for a cat lover! I quilted the cat features and pebbles and lines in the background. In the border area, I quilted paw prints. Pattern by Jenny Doan, Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Anniversary quilt designed on quilting program, EQ8. Adapted the Storm at Sea pattern for sizing and colouring. Straight line quilting in background space. Free motion in the hearts.
I used the quilt blocks to tell the story of Covid. Starting in top left, four warm and cozy house blocks signify normal times. Then the energy, busy-ness and angst of Covid kicks up. The next round is composed of log cabin quilt blocks. Some people escaped to their cottages for quarantine. This caused some distress in rural areas where they may not have been able to respond to outbreaks. Some places closed their access. Many feel like their lives have been tossed and twirled around just like the round of twisted blocks.
The fourth round starts with a nine-patch block on each end. We were all asked to stay in a bubble of nine others and ourselves. But the bubbles were broken. When you slice apart the nine patch block you get a disappearing nine patch that has more pieces to sew together in different arrangements to get new blocks. All the blocks in that row are made from a nine-patch.
The final row is dedicated to the frontline workers. I asked friends for names and added them to the Inukshuk blocks. These people show us the way and give us hope and courage. The sashing between the blocks is Covid colour codes; green, yellow, orange, red and gray.
Not all quilting is for beds or walls. …. I made a colourful spring jacket using a pattern from @grainlinestudio. April was so grey, I just needed a cheery make!!! I free motion quilted the pattern pieces on my Amara and sewed them on my domestic machine. I added snaps for closures.
About Stitch and a Round
Karen Mahoney is a sewist offering any step along the quilting process starting with design to finishing with a binding.
Long arm quilter located in Ottawa and Upper Ottawa valley.
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