Friday, October 25, 2013

IQ quilt

This is the time of year for the Houston Quilt Market. 
Do you have your bags packed? 
 Airline tickets in hand? 
Money for food?
More important than food, do you have your fabric nest egg in your purse?
Me neither!
About as close as I will get to Houston is to go down the street to
Houston's Meat Market and buy something for dinner.
has a wonderful contest for non-Houston quilters.
We won't spend any money, eye candy is free,
our feet won't hurt, sit in your favorite chair,
you might need to get a bib before visiting, drooling is excepted.
This is my IQ quilt that I am entering in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
IQ quilt you may be asking.
IQ stands for Ian's Quilt (very original I know).
I made this quilt for my oldest son, Ian, who owns
 ICON Tattoo and Body Piercing in Nashville, TN.
I had planned for it to hang on a wall in his shop after he had to
relocate, due to his building of 8 years was being torn down (to make room for a parking lot, remember that song?)  Probably more than you really wanted to know...
I did all of the quilting hand guided on my APQS Millie.
I made stencils for the words and quilted  micro lines (I don't know what else to call them)
to make them pop.  Warm & Natural on the bottom layer and Hobbs 20/80 for the top layer.
Love the way this combination of batting makes the raised areas really "pop".
Used Glide thread, has a little sheen to it and the light catches it just enough.
I used a design out of Karen McTavish's book for the borders.
A lot of micro stippling and micro lines.
I used a ruler for the
framing and the traced the motifs from Karen's book other than that
everything else was freehand.  Inspiration came from a quilt I saw that Lisa Snipes
had made, after a email to her, she said "go for it"  she thought a quilt hanging in a tattoo shop
would be cool. 
Ian loves his quilt and I think he was surprised that his mom could
make a quilt like this.
I love how this quilt came together and love the way the quilting finished it.
Thank you for visiting and please look at all of the beautiful quilt over at Amy's
and vote for your favorites.


  1. that's so cool! I love that you made it to hang in his shop :-)

  2. Really neat Diane and your quilting is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  3. The stitching is absolutely amazing. So cool. Looks like trapunto. very impressive. your son is lucky!

  4. how lucky your son is that YOU are so talented... tell me about quilting through 2 layers of batting... any extra considerations in tension or ability to move about? Love this quilt... glad you are entering it in the Bloggers Quilt Festival! Kathi

  5. Love the micro quilting around the letters

  6. Your quilting is amazing! And how appropriate - finely-done needlework for a 'needlework' shop! :-)

  7. This is just gorgeous! So fresh and modern with such fabulous quilting!

  8. Wow!!! Absolutely amazing quilting on this. I bet your son loved this.

  9. Awesome quilt! I bet your son is head over heels in love with it!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie