Quilt Commission!

I recently finished a quilt commission for one of my Instagram followers.  It’s a commemoration piece to his bird Boris.  I was given lots of photographs and video references to help pick out fabrics and a pattern that would work best to create a visual of Boris.  Apparently I hit the nail on the head.

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It’s made entirely from batiks save for the solid black sections.  I was thrilled to find the wood print batik!  The pattern is a foundation paper piece patter you can purchase from TartanKiwi on Etsy.  I made a couple changes for the tail section because Boris’s tail was short.

The quilting was done entirely by hand using a rich rainbow variegated thread by Sulky Threads.  The stitch lengths vary because I wanted to create a more 3D look to this, and found that different stitch lengths helped a lot.

After quilting and binding the mat was washed.  It was only then that I hand-sewed the gems to the quilt.  On the brand are long tiger’s eye beads, and on the wing are round green aventine beads.  The quilt is now handwash only so as not to risk losing any of the beads.  I did loop through each of them three times for extra security, but machine washing will be a VERY bad idea.

Overall it took about two weeks to make once I purchased the fabric.  The total price was $60 USD.  Without the beads it’d be $45.  This finished at 14.25 x 14.25 inches.  RavenBara is thrilled with the result and followed the progress on Instagram.

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A holiday theme

I’m not a big fan of holiday themed quilts.  They end up tucked away most of the year, coming out for only a few weeks or just days, then are hidden away again.  It makes me a little sad.  However, my sister send my HUGE collection of fabrics from her stash.  A good chunk of it was Halloween fabric.  I finished this quilt too close to the holiday, I think, and thus it didn’t sell.

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For this particular quilt I use flannel for the batting.  It’s the perfect size for a table mat to put a bucket of candy or a pumpkin.  I didn’t want it being too fluffy because that can make it difficult to keep things sitting on it to remain balanced.

It’s a really playful and childish quilt, which is a huge change from my usual quilts.  I went a little different with my handquilting.  For this I used black thread and went in one diagonal line on the strip blocks and an X over the single print blocks.  The quilt is rather floppy due to the flannel batting, but it works well for the purpose I made this for.

It’s 24 x 27.5 inches, the perfect size for a table decoration.  You can purchase this in my shop here.  Sure, it seems silly to purchase it after Halloween, but it’s best to have it ready and waiting for the next time the season rolls around.

Subdued Storm

My sister gave some charm packs a few years ago, but they’re so beautiful I was afraid to use them.  I wanted to wait until I had the right pattern, the right fabrics, and overall better skills.

This is what came of one of charm packs…

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I used schoolhouse blocks, two batik jelly rolls, and of course the charms.  I wanted something balanced and different.  This turned out better than I could have hoped.  It’s orderly but also a bit wild.  The colors and prints on the various fabrics remind me of the severe storms I witnessed when I lived in the Midwest region of the US.

I handquilted this using a variegated thread in autumnal colors.  The quilt fluffed up really well after washing, and this caused the quilting to stand out more.  You can see it better on the back.

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The quilt is filled with texture.  All over the top it’s so different and the back even more so.  I love it!

It measures at 49.5 x 49.5 inches / 125.73 x 125.73 cm.  An excellent size for a lap quilt or a large baby quilt.

You can purchase this here in my shop.  With the holidays around the corner now’s a good time to get a one-of-a-kind gift.  This one is on the lower end of the price scale, and the colors make it great for any gender for it’s neither masculine nor feminine.

Small Projects

I’ve found that making small things to be very helpful.  It helps me understand some foundation paper piecing blocks, color combinations, design, and keeps me busy without taking too much time.  One of my recent mini-quilts was made using a rather elaborate foundation paper piecing block, and since making it I’ve decided I need to make a big quilt with it.

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I added borders to give it a good finished size, but as you can see it’ll make for a rather elaborate quilt.  Absolutely perfect for a gradient design or starbursts.

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I plan on using purple, white, grey, and black for it, but I want them to be different prints.  Lots of different purples, greys, whites, and blacks.  Small print, hint-of-a-print, and not a single solid.  I think there’ll be a lot of fat quarters used for it, and maybe some yardage.

As for the size…I think a twin or full size quilt will be good.  It won’t be made anytime soon.  I need to collect the fabrics first, then print out a color sheet so I can figure out the best arrangement.  This won’t be started until probably March 2019, and the top will take at least two weeks to make once I get started and not work on anything else.

This mini-quilt is available for purchase in my shop right now and measures 18.5 inches x 18.5 inches / 47 x 47 cm.

Pay What You Want

How This Works:

  1. Tell me what your budget is (can be anything from $5 to $5000)
  2. I tell you what I can make within that budget
  3. After going over details for the commission you pay 50% upfront
  4. I make the commission
  5. When finished I list it on my shop and charge only the other 50% + shipping
  6. Once I receive the payment I ship it off to you
  7. If you decide after I’ve begun/finished the commission you can no longer afford it I will keep the 50% upfront payment. The item will still be listed in my shop at 50% of the agreed cost.
  8. The budget does not include shipping.  Keep that in mind.  If your budget is only $5, and that includes shipping, it’s going to be a no.  Shipping in the US generally starts at $3 for small lightweight parcels.
  9. If you wish to commission me for more than one item assume you’ll need to have at least a $15 budget prior to shipping.
Specifically for Jewelry
  1. I need you to provide links to three pieces I’ve made that you favor most
  2. What you like best about them
  3. Color preferences
  4. Length of the finished piece
  5. I also need to know if you’re allergic to metal (I specialize in making metal-free jewelry)
Items already listed in my shop are unavailable for this event.  The link to my shop is at the top of this journal post.
Check out the links below to get a feel for my style.  I don’t always make brightly colored things; they’re just a personal preference.  If you want dark colors I can definitely do that.
If you decide you want a surprise
  1. I’ll need your budget
  2. What you love and what you cannot tolerate (colors, designs, texture, etc)
  3. General size (be it a quilt or jewelry)
  4. I may also need to write up a simple contract stating you want a surprise and want to see what I can do
  5. 50% payment upfront (as stated above) and the rest of the payment when I list the item in my shop
  6. If you, for whatever reason, don’t care what I make for you so long as I make something please let me know
  7. You are either completely mad or you know I’ll make something fabulous
My jewelry gallery can be seen here.
My quilt gallery can be seen here.
The event runs from now to December 31, 2018.  Seeing as the holidays are coming up now is a good time to get a head-start on commissions.  One-of-a-kind gifts are a wonderful things to receive, even if it’s just for yourself.
If you’re serious about hiring me for a commission please send me an email at naynaymacrame@yahoo.com with the title PWYW.  .
Examples of my work in no particular order
For something of this size and grandeur expect to pay no less than $1000 USD.  If you want this quilt specifically I have it available in my shop.
This is a set of six coasters.  If you want just a single coaster it won’t be from this set because this is already listed.  However, individual coasters will start at $5 USD.
If you’d like a quilt using this design but in a different size the price will vary.  This specific quilt is listed at $250 USD.
This was made using a technique called “foundation paper piecing”.  It’s more labor intensive, yes, but the results are well worth it.  If you want a mat of this design it starts at $35 USD.
I strongly recommend reading the information I have in the description.  For something like this it starts at $35.  This piece in particular is valued at $65.
A completely metal-free necklace!  It’s a simple design and the price starts at $25.  The design is simple but it uses a lot of cord length.
One of my chunky necklaces!  This is a flexible design allowing for all sorts of custom changes from what you see here.  It starts at $45 USD if using only one color, no beads, and no pendant.

Mermaid’s Treasure

I had a blast quilting this.  I also fell asleep three times because this quilt is so cozy.

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The fabric I used for the squares in the center of the blocks is also used for the binding.  A great way to balance it all out.

It measures at 78 x 75 inches / 198 x 190.5.

All the quilting was done by hand.  I used painters tape to help keep the lines straight across the blocks to create an X.

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You can see the quilting much better on the back.  The thread is variegated and blends in with the top while standing out on the back.

Photographs don’t do this justice.

Currently the quilt is available for purchase in my shop.  Check it out here.  With the holiday’s coming up now is a good time to get the one-of-a-kind gifts.  This one will serve well as a family heirloom, passed from generation to generation.

Vote Winner

I had the hardest time figuring out which quilt to finish first and needed a little help.  I received said help via tumblr, twitter, and Instagram.  What was voted on?

After saving some money I purchased wide backing (108″) fabric so I could finish these.  I just…couldn’t decide which one to work on first.  The winner is Mermaid’s Treasure!  I’ve basted it and now have it on a lap frame.  It won’t be on the larger frame simply because I’m working on multiple projects right now and need the space.

You can see all the progress on my Instagram page: ReneetheChaosfay