I’ve seen a lot of Sue

Sue Spargo that is!  I had great plans to catch up on blogging about  all my 2016 quilts during the Christmas holidays,  well you know what they say about plans.  I had the opportunity to quilt a number of Sue Spargo designs over the fall months. These quilts were made by a fellow guild member named June.  She is a big fan of Sue’s block of the month programs and her stitching is amazing. I was blown away by the absolutely perfect  spacing of all the hand stitching.  I wish I had taken more pics so you could see how perfect  it was.  This first quilt is called Bird Dance, each bird has its own unique character.

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Each little piece of appliqué was carefully outlined with stitch in the ditch, at times I was forced to hold the foot of my machine to do the outlining one stitch at a time because the wool was so thick  and I  wanted the stitching up as tight as possible.  In my experience  of  quilting the Sue Spargo designs, I  will mention that I wish she was a little more generous with the size of her blocks  –  all I am asking for is a half inch or more so it would be  much  easier to quilt.

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This next quilt  “Earth and Twig” is another block of the month.  There was a little more space to quilt on this design, so June and I decided to do some ghost quilting and some partial feathers along the vine.

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Here it is still on my machine, check out the backing fabrics.

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I hope you can see June’s amazing stitching on these two closeups pictures.  It was a challenge for me to keep my background fills dense and relatively even as I worked thru all those tight spaces.  Can you see the quilted ghost flower beside the rooster in the smaller picture.

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June picked up “Full Bloom” just a few days ago, I think I am getting better or at least I am getting faster  at all that dense quilting.  Dare I say that pebbling is growing on me…. not.  I can’t believe I do not have a full picture of it, but these two pics will give you an idea of what we decided to do in the borders.

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The next few pics show some of the close-up details. If June displays these at a guild meeting I will have to get some ultra close-ups to show the details of her stitching. I decided partway thru the quilting that I would bring the background fill right up to the appliqué and rather than  echo it first.  I don’t know  which I like better.

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I am thrilled that June trusted me with the quilting of these amazing works of art.

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4 responses to “I’ve seen a lot of Sue

  1. Unbelievably beautiful work – the applique and the quilting! Wow wow wow! I do hope June will show these at our 2017 quilt show. Incredible.

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  2. June’s applique is absolutely amazing and Sandy your quilting is fantastic. Both are stunningly beautiful. I too hope that June will show these at the quilt show in November.

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