Vines and Valleys

Posted on August 8, 2018 by prairiemoonquilts in Longarm Quilting

A while back, I showed you the back of a quilt I had been working on, and said I’d show you the front when I could (in this post here).

Well, the cat’s been out of the bag for a couple months, but I never took the time to write anything up till now!

This quilt is called Vines and Valleys, and I quilted it for Victoria Findlay Wolfe. It’s a herringbone quilt, in the style of those from her new book, Modern Quilt Magic, and it’s also a fabulous study in solids. She has the individual pattern available for this quilt. Or you can pick up the book, and have patterns for LOTS of other versions of herringbone quilts, too (just sayin’)!

Correction: Victoria had to point out to me that Vines and Valleys is a braid quilt, not a true herringbone quilt, which only means that it’s even easier than a herringbone, so now you really have no excuse not to try it!

The solids she used in the quilt are all RJR Cotton Supreme Solids, and Victoria also has kits available for this quilt with all the same fabrics she used. You can get the pattern or the kit HERE.

Because she used RJR’s solids in the quilt, they hung it in their booth at Quilt Market back in May:

And now I can show you all the quilting I did on it, so prepare for lots of photos . . .

First, the back side, which is what I showed you a sneak peek of earlier:

Here are a few all-over shots of the front side:

Take a look at these close-ups I took while it was on the frame.

Maybe these will give you some ideas for quilting designs on your own quilts? My hope is that it inspires you to get creative with your own machine quilting. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Since I quilted different designs in different (small) areas, I could try a design out to see how it was going to look, but I didn’t have to do it on the entire quilt! So if I didn’t like it, or it was too tedious, it was over quickly, and I could move on — haha!

Here’s a few more details:
• The finished quilt measures 77″ x 91″.
• I used Quilter’s Dream Cotton Select batting inside.
• The backing is an RJR Cotton Supreme Solid in a blue color (altho it looks white in one photo and purple in the rest of them — weird).
• I used Superior OMNI thread in Medium Gray on the main part of the quilt, and Verbena on the dark purple parts.

If you have any questions about any of the designs I used, just leave me a comment. Do you think you’ll attempt to make yourself a Vines and Valleys quilt? (It’s so worth the effort, and once you get going, it’s a lot of fun besides!)

15 responses to “Vines and Valleys”

  1. Wow, that is so amazing, and so inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and artwork with us!

  2. Scarlett says:

    Wonderful work, Shelly! Great inspiration. I’m sure Victoria loves it!

  3. Wow – that is some amazing Quilting Shelly! The quilt is a perfect “canvas” for your art work.

  4. Bev Jones says:

    Love your quilting!

  5. BJ says:

    Stunning collaboration! I love the way you quilted 90° 2-color sections, mixing up hard angle turns with softer ones. Just a feast for the eyes! I like the pattern, but having seen your quilting on it, I’d be hard pressed to come up with a quilting plan as satisfying. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Veronica Kersting says:

    Truly amazing quilting!!!! Thanks for sharing !!

  7. Rose Marie says:

    I hardly know what to say about the quilting. One more step into the world of exquisite detail and inspired patterns. Am I ever lucky to be inspired by the quilters you know and work with closely! Every time I remember what I thought when I first got to know you, I am amazed at what has actually come into my life. And yours, too.

  8. Sharon says:

    Your quilting takes this quilt from very nice to amazing! Sometimes the quilters don’t get the credit they deserve.

  9. Paula says:

    Really beautiful! thanks for sharing.

  10. Cathy W says:

    I really, really love your quilting. Your work takes this quilt to an entirely different level. Thank you so much for all the close ups of your quilting. It is like having a notebook of designs to try.
    You’re a very talented lady and I’m so glad I found your website. Thank you again.

  11. Cindy S. says:

    Wow, the quilting is exquisite. I’ll never know how you do it!!!?

  12. KT says:

    Love your quilting on this–it really enhances the design!

  13. Meloney says:

    That is beautiful work. WOW is all I can say. I want to grow up to be like you.

  14. Darlene Yiznitsky says:

    Beautiful,beautiful!!!!! Shelly you creativity & inspiration is truly motivating. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Shirley Guier says:

    Thanks for all the pictures! I’m always stumped at how to quilt things and can’t come up with many ideas. You do a marvelous job!

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