10/13/12

Mr. Bear Comes Home

Several weeks ago, I was notified that I'd won a discount on quilting by Marcia at Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting.  I had admired Marcia's beautiful quilting many times on her blog, and winning this great prize was just what I needed to get me off the fence about shipping a quilt off to her for quilting.  Since my Day in the Life of Mr. Bear quilt had been one of my many PIGS (projects in grocery sacks) for a while, I decided it was next in my PIGS reduction quest.

Mr. Bear went on his journey to Wisconsin back in early September, and returned home yesterday.  I couldn't be happier with the quilting Marcia did on this.  It is superb.  Here's the whole quilt front and back. 



But look at the incredible detail in Marcia's quilting.  This is exactly what I wanted.






I especially love the detailing in the blanket on this next block.  It looks soft enough to cuddle up in.





She quilted little swirls into the pinwheels.


The remainder of the quilt is done in a meander with random little daisies thrown in here and there.


And because she matched the threads to the white and the red on the pinwheels, the back has little accents of red where each of the pinwheels are.  


Also included were three of her glossy notecards like this one shown below.  So pretty, and they will be put to good use.


Thank you, Marcia, for your superb work on my quilt.  I will definitely be sending more quilts your way in the future.  I can highly recommend Marcia to any of you with quilts that need a good session with a long-arm quilter.

But that's not all the mail person brought to me yesterday.  Just look at this little quilt I received from my doll quilt partner in the September doll quilt swap.

 Doll Quilters

Is this precious, or what?  That long cat body makes me think of Smitty's long skinny body.


And look at this precious face!


So sweet, Mary Pat.  I just love it.  Thank you so much for your creativity and effort on this little quilt.  It will take a proud space on my wall of doll quilts.

27 comments from clever and witty friends:

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

The quilt is just lovely and I do love her quilting. A longarm person may be what I need to do as well. Cute kitty!

kc said...

wow - your quilter really brought life to each of those darling little blocks! I might have to borrow her one day! And that little black cat is cuter 'n cute! Sooo perfect for you and the season!

Carin said...

Ohhh she did a wonderful job on the quilt !!
Love the little quilt with the cat !

gpc said...

Wow, Marcia does BEAUTIFUL work, the quilt is lovely. And I love the doll quilt - the kitty has a lot of personality!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Your quilt is beautiful and Marcia did a great job quilting it! Love the little kitty quilt...so cute! TFS

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

great looking quilt....and I love the kitty.
Thanks for stopping by; the quilt show was quilt nice.

Jilly said...

Your quilt is just lovely. The story of Mr Bear is a wonderful idea. I have never seen a quilt like this before. I love it. I am new to quilting so have much to learn.

Junebug613 said...

That quilting is astounding! I love the whole Mr. Bear story and the back fabric is so pretty! I adore the kitty quilt! Too cute!!

Lyndsey said...

I love your Mr Bear quilt. The blocks are adorable and the quilting Marcia has done compliments and enhances the quilt beautifully. Marcia is a very skilful and artistic quilter. Another inspiring quilt.

I also love the doll quilt. The cat is so cute and so like Smitty.

Teresa in Music City said...

How wonderful!!! Marcia seriously did a marvelous job on your quilt!!! Isn't it great to get one back and see that it is all you hoped it would be? I rejoice with you!

And the little Cat over the Pumpkin doll quilt is too adorable! Any cat lover would drool. Excuse me now while I go get some tissues to wipe up the drool all over my keyboard =^..^=

WoolenSails said...

I love your quilting and i love the quilting she did a beautiful job on the designs and fitting them to the different blocks, love it all. And I love your little quilt, that is so cute.

Debbie

Julianne said...

That quilting really just makes each block so individually lovely. Love the pebbled walkway...that doll quilt is so cute..love that pumpkin and kitty!

Dora, the Quilter said...

A lovely example of how the quilting can make a quilt truly spectacular!

giddy99 said...

Wow, the quilting in the little girl's hair just slays me! And that kitty doll quilt - TOO cute!

Kate said...

Beautiful quilting. Mr. Bear looks absolutely lovely.

Fun doll quilt too! Love the skinny black cat.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just a stunning finish to a wonderful quilt! The quilting is just supurb and really accents the lovely blocks you have done. And the doll quilt - oh my oh my!

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...

Oh my goodness the longarm quilting is beyond stunning on an already beautiful quilt.

quiltzyx said...

Wow! Superb quilting on Mr. Bear - I especially like the wood grain she put on the floor. :D

Very nice little quilt! Terrific mail week for you for sure. :D

Denise :) said...

Wow! She did a marvelous job...especially with the embroidered blocks. I'm very, very impressed. What a treasure this whole beautiful quilt is!! :)

Connie said...

Beautiful quilt and Marcia's quilting adds so much! Love that little kitty wall hanging too!

Rosa said...

She did an excellent job on the quilt!!

Elisabetta said...

I love your quilt, my little girl would love that too! the quilting is great, but your work has nothing less

I like the black cat too, very funny ^_^

Nita said...

Fabulous show and tell today! That quilting is truly wonderful. I love how each embroidered block was personalized ...

Snoodles said...

What an incredible job...she matched her details to each block and it is absolutely stunning! Kudos to you both, for a beautiful quilt!

VickiT said...

Your quilt is just beautiful. I really love it and the job Marcia did with the quilting is awesome. She really does do a wonderful job.

barbara woods said...

lovely quilt!! she did real good quilting it but that quilt was a whole lot of work. i love it!

LethargicLass said...

I forgot how much I adored all the embroideries for Mr. Bear... it was nice revisiting them again :)