I have the good fortune of working in a quilt shop and getting to make shop samples. 2 years ago my boss told me we were getting in a Judy Neimeyer sample made from Hoffman batiks and I was expected to make it. When I got home I looked it up online, and my jaw dropped! I remember showing it to my husband and saying with awe - I get to make this quilt!
Finally the fabrics and patterns arrived, I set to work cutting out the kits, and took the one that arrived prepackaged home. The pattern came in a box, so I got out the box, read the instructions and got to work pre-cutting pieces. This step was tedious and took some time, but all the while I was thinking about how lovely the fabrics were and how should I quilt this? I know right away what I was going to do in the border, but the rest of the quilt? I pondered as I cut, then started to sew.
The piecing was so much fun. For this quilt you have many different units, but you only have to make 8 of each one. So you never feel like you are making a bazillion blocks, like some quilts. And the fact that all your pieces are pre-cut make it amazingly easy to put together. As each section was added to the quilt, I was more and more inspired by the design to really put some nice quilting into it. I quilt on my Juki TL98E at home, and for this quilt it was the only way I could have tackled it because I ended up working from the center out. Each section was quilted with different threads to match the colors and I did a ton of free motion wiggly lines to fill in the different spikes and blades of the design
The border was a fern and frond type of design inspired by a long arm quilter who lives in my area. I was so excited when I finally got to quilt that part, and then, just like that it was done! I won a blue Ribbon for this quilt in the county fair, then entered it in the local show and got a best of show ribbon for it there. I love this quilt, and would love to make another one of Judy Neimeyer's designs, I think they are marvelous!