This is Kathie's quilt, for her daughter who graduated from Ohio State. Usually I just totally wing it, writing as I stitch. Call it a New Years resolution , something I should have always done , or just a darn good idea , but this time I decided to plan out the placement of the words .
Usually, I stop and write out each word I choose on scrap paper , holding my pen like a stylus , not a pencil. This most emulates the way the machine does the stitching. This time I will have an idea of where the words can go and will trace the outline with a pencil to get it into my mind .
This is the practice piece , perfecting tension and practicing the words. This is where I use up bobbins with short runs of thread.
I plan to share this whole process , including the price. I asked a fellow quilter to share a ballpark figure charged for custom quilting and never received a reply. No big surprise and certainly a prerogative. This blog series is my way of saying it was OK to ask.