Linda’s Gravity Quilt

Posted on August 2, 2017 by prairiemoonquilts in Longarm Quilting

I recently finished quilting a Gravity quilt for my friend, Linda. You may have seen this pattern before — it’s by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, and it’s 97″ x 96″ and chock full of glorious color!

This was my first chance to quilt a Gravity quilt, and Linda wants to enter it into some shows, so we agreed on some over-the-top quilting for it. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of it as I was working on it, but today I’m here to show you a lot more pictures, so read on!

Linda took a full picture of it for me, since the ones I took didn’t turn out:

But I took lots of close-ups that did turn out, so here are all the individual diamonds, so you can see what I did in each of them:

Here’s a great shot Linda took of how I quilted the background:

And another close-up shot that she took:

And a shot outdoors that she took — it just glows!

I’m especially proud of this section right here — each one of those little diamonds has its own thread color, but the design is continuous across 4 diamonds at a time!

Here’s one more I took that shows some more of the quilting detail, sort of in shadow:

She sent a Pellon cotton batting to put in it, and I used Superior OMNI thread for all the quilting. I used 51 different colors on this quilt! The thread changes nearly did me in, but they were soooo worth it! I really love how the quilt turned out, and I hope Linda has good luck with it in the shows she chooses to enter it into.

Thanks for trusting me with it, Linda! It was a lot of fun to quilt!

16 responses to “Linda’s Gravity Quilt”

  1. Emma says:

    As a new-to-me non-computerized longarm owner, I have to ask…did you do all of that freehand? Was it computer designed? I’m still in the stipple and loop-de-loop phase at this point and I’m afraid I’ll never move out of it.

  2. Wendy says:

    Oh my goodness! This is drop dead gorgeous! It is really fun to see you have fun with this type of quilting! I can’t imagine that many thread changes, but it was worth it. Well done, both of you!

  3. ---"Love" says:

    The piecing of that quilt was an incredible job, and your quilting is spectacular! I’m sure it will be a show winner wherever it is shown. —Love”

  4. michele says:

    Amazing! WOW…..speechless here

  5. Darlene says:

    What a work of art, that is beautiful!!!

  6. Danice says:

    Beautiful quilt, so colorful and happy. I also love your new site design. Super nice and organized.

  7. Rene' says:

    What a stunner!!!! The quilt is amazing, and your quilting Shelly makes it shine!! This Gravity quilt is a winner for sure!! I am so glad you took (and shared) close up pictures of the quilting!! Congratulations to you both!!

  8. Virginia Smith says:

    A accomplished quilter and an accomplished longarm quilter have made for a outstanding quilt.

    I also like your new website.

  9. Maxine E. says:

    You have some Serious skills, Shelly! Very impressive work.

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  11. Rose Marie says:

    Beautiful job, Shelly and Linda. I think it is a winner for sure…………

  12. Wow! This is absolutely stunning. With your longer curved and straight lines, do you use a ruler, or just freehand that? If so, what are your favorite LA rulers?

    This is simply amazing!

  13. Cathy Wilson says:

    What beautiful quilting the variety is stupendous. I have only recently found your blog. Your quilting is inspiring and I’m sure I will be returning to gain ideas.
    I to am a longarm quilter. Mine is the HQ16 which they no longer make. It came to my home in 2006 and has made several moves. It still works like a charm.

  14. Carole S. says:

    This is so amazing, Shelly. You and your work are inspirational.

  15. Marsha says:

    Absolutely stunning!!!!

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