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. And when you run out of walls and beds … make something to wear!!! Custom quilts are designed with personal reflection on whom they are being gifted. I love to work with clients to design one of a kind pieces that are inspired by events or seasons. 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 the quilt in the print by Adam Young, an artist based in Newfoundland.
Festive fall pumpkins with a special version of Pete the Cat (permission given to use image).
Quilted Jackets!!! Why stop at one?
Not all quilting is for beds or walls … I made three jackets using the Tamarac pattern from @grainlinestudio and a bomber style from a Simplicity pattern. First, I free motion quilt the fabric on my Amara and then sew them on my domestic machine. I love pulling these jackets out in the spring! They make me happy. The autumn jacket was made from two lap quilts that were not getting much use so I cut them up and made this cozy jacket. The bomber style jacket used some modern improv quilting techniques.
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.
Improv Golden Hour
I was inspired to try some improv curves after a presentation by Cindy Grisdela at our Ottawa Modern Quilt guild meeting. My daughter gave me some Golden Hour fabric by Ruby Star Society and I added some Kona solids to add some negative space. I designed it using EQ8. I custom quilted some of the moon, stars and flowers that were in the printed fabric in the solid fabric. For the curved blocks, I echoed the piecing to pop the curves. A wool batting really helped to add texture. Two king size pillow shams top it off. This will be cozy warm during the golden hours of the winter.
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.
Sunflowers for Toronto
A client commissioned a quilt and custom window seat for their bedroom after a recent renovation. They liked the Soak up the Sun pattern I made earlier and asked if I could adapt for their specifications. The bed quilt was stitched with an Edge to Edge sunflower design. The window seat was custom quilted and made in a box style to cover a lovely lavender scented foam cushion that I trimmed down to size! All that was needed was pillow shams to add the final touch.
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 I designed on a 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.
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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