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Quilted Awesomeness in Seattle

February 22, 2012


*** Warning – The mega load of photos in this post requires tea and cookies ***


Remember how I sent my Halloween Quilt of Awesomeness top down to Krista in Seattle for quilting?

Well, she sent me a text that she was going to be finishing it up last Saturday, so Mom and I hopped across the border to go pick it up!!

Krista said she needed the day to do some final fillers, trimming, cleanup etc. so I asked her if there were any quilt/fabric shops in Seattle we could check out. Did she ever point us in the right direction!! First off, we headed straight to Bellevue to Quiltworks Northwest. Oh what a gorgeous store! They snagged me the second I walked in the door with their display of Echino, Melody Miller by Kokka, and absolutely delicious Japanese fabrics. Mom made a bee line to the gorgeous Bernina on display, and announced that it was going to be her next machine….until she learned the price that is!!  Yeah, maybe $10k for the occasional hobby sewist is a little unrealistic?

My treasures from Quiltworks:

All that eye candy made us hungry, so we snuck into the little sushi place just behind Quiltworks,

Then it was off to the north end of Seattle, to the newly relocated Quilting Loft who clearly caters to the new modern sewist! Oh sweet momma I LOVED that store! It’s a tragedy/blessing that I was on a budget or I would have had some serious issues with duty free at the border! They had all the latest releases from all the modern fabric lines, patterns everywhere, and a bunch of gorgeous laminates!

God help me, I actually put down Parson Grey’s FQ bundle for these happy fabrics:

which I think may be my border prints for my I Love Sushi quilt:

OOH! A TEXT FROM KRISTA!! (ok so this is a mashup of our texts but you get the idea!)

It just so happened that Pikes Place Market was on the way to Krista’s, and since we still had some time to kill, Mom and I headed over.

We snagged a parking spot on I daresay, the steepest hill I’ve seen yet (Lombard St.  and the top of Oak St. in Vancouver included!), where I quickly took this amazing shot on my iphone before we headed down to catch the last of the market vendors. (actually, that self portrait of Mom and I was also taken on that street)

Seattle is a gorgeous city.

Wanna see a video caught literally a millisecond after they threw the fish at the market?*cringe*

At about 6pm we jumped into our car, and met up with Krista and her charming family at a great restaurant, before heading back to her home to do the deed…

I died… and went to heaven.

I think Krista was just as excited about handing this thing over as I was to receive it! She worked like the dickens to get it done in time, and no detail was spared. I seriously have no idea how she did all of these teeny tiny details on her big machine. It’s just incredible!!! Thanks to Leah Day for inspiring some of the jaw dropping motifs.

It was such a treat exploring her cozy and inspiring studio!

So, during dinner I happened to sit across from Krista’s son Max. What a talented and interesting kid! He quilts, sews and embroiders and has been actively swapping some seriously good work in the Mini Quilt Swap on Flickr. Since we were all done in the studio, Max and his sister Lucy invited us to check out their mini quilt collection in their bedroom.

Here are some amazing drawings the kids did, which Krista then painted:

After more hugs and sincere thank-yous, Mom and I headed back to Vancouver. We made it home around midnight still buzzed from our fantastic day!

Thank-you so so much Krista!! *HUGS*

33 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012 12:51 pm

    Krista is extraordinarily talented, I am absolutely blown away by her incredible quilting. Fabulous blogpost!

  2. berene permalink
    February 22, 2012 12:57 pm

    WOW. That is truly the most amazing quilt job I’ve ever seen! What a talented sewist Krista is. Lucky you! What a great post, Sonja. All those Instagram pics from the past few days now make sense. And I LOVE the kids work – quilts and drawings. They sure are lucky too to have a mama like Krista. Hope they know it.

  3. February 22, 2012 12:59 pm

    What an adventure! Your quilts are amazing. Lovely fabrics too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. February 22, 2012 1:09 pm

    I love this post! I feel like I was on the adventure with you!

  5. February 22, 2012 1:51 pm

    It looks like you had such a grand time! Your quilt is truly awesome, and I can’t believe the quilting that was put into it. It is fabulous! The kids quilts and drawing were so cool, too!

  6. February 22, 2012 1:54 pm

    Truly, Truly, the Halloween Quilt of Awesomeness!
    She did such a great job quilting your spooky masterpiece!

  7. February 22, 2012 1:57 pm

    Very cool, Sonya, for me this is a fun trip, because its 13 hours to the border for me, so thanks for the visit, I love Seattle!

  8. February 22, 2012 1:58 pm

    Wonderful quilt, fabulous quilting – what a great day you both had.

  9. February 22, 2012 2:13 pm

    I cannot believe you were right up the road! Come on down a little further to Portland next time!

  10. debbiem permalink
    February 22, 2012 2:15 pm

    So cool everything! Your quilt, her quilting and her very artistic kids! Jealous of your day with your mom, sorry to say.

  11. February 22, 2012 3:17 pm

    I love how this turned out. It’s the most amazing quilt EVER! The spider web is terrific. So. Beautiful.

  12. February 22, 2012 4:48 pm

    Thanks for taking us on this fab trip with you. Super jealous!
    Krista is truly amazing!

  13. February 22, 2012 5:36 pm

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing this journey! That is one really gorgeous quilt.

  14. February 22, 2012 6:43 pm

    What a fun look into your trip and Krista’s life. The quilting is amazing!

  15. February 22, 2012 7:10 pm

    This is a great post! and I am in love with your Halloween quilt… love, love….

  16. February 22, 2012 7:24 pm

    What a fun day! As soon as I saw Krista I knew who it was. She is in our BPQuilters quild that I joined a year ago. The evening that I went my husband was there as well and he happened to see her and her son Max as he knows her from her previous job. Small world. I’ve not seen her work before so it was really fun to see all of your pictures. She did an amazing job on your quilts:)

  17. February 22, 2012 7:42 pm

    so wonderful!! I just shipped her a couple of quilts myself. I was also excited to see a peak of the mug rug I made her with her Blythe dolls. It fits in so well there.

    Your quilt is stunning both before the quilting and afterwards.

  18. Pat Seaman permalink
    February 22, 2012 8:12 pm

    I have been receiving your e-mails for over a year now, and you cannot imagine how excited I was when I read this one! My daughter-in-law is Krista!! I had not idea that the quilt she was working on was yours! I should have recognized “frank” but it never dawned on me. What a thrill to read about Krista and Max and Lucy!! Talk about proud! Krista is such an amazing artist and her work is amazing – thanks for recognizing her!!! Pat

  19. February 22, 2012 11:16 pm

    Wow! That is sensational! What an inspirational post – thankyou!

  20. February 22, 2012 11:52 pm

    Oh this is just awesome – I’m sending a photo to my brother – he’s love this quilt

  21. February 23, 2012 12:47 am

    I usually go for straight basic quilting to let fabrics or design do the talking but what Krista has done is amazing and totally enhances an already stunning quilt, wonderful!

  22. Krista Withers permalink
    February 23, 2012 2:02 am

    yay!!! I love this post……

  23. February 23, 2012 9:33 pm

    Yay, I love you both!! Now that I’ve read the full post I’m over my hissy sulk that I missed out on a Seattle trip. I suppose it’s okay that you took your mom instead of me. sniff. sniff.

    I can’t wait to see that quilt in person Sonaj!!!!! What an amazing collaboration!

  24. February 23, 2012 10:11 pm

    Your quilt is awesome Sonja and Krista’s quilting is wonderful – you two have made a masterpiece – now get it submitted!!! it was amazing to see it at our sew-in.

  25. February 24, 2012 8:10 am

    Wow Sonja- your quilt is amazing, and the quilting is so perfect for it- pure awesomeness!

  26. Jen permalink
    February 24, 2012 8:38 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day. The quilt is incredible. It has just so much interest because of all the quilting. AMAZING.

  27. February 24, 2012 6:20 pm

    Amazing post, Sonja! I feel like you took us on a trip down to Seattle with you. It’s great to see Krista’s studio and fabric stash. The quilt is, as you know, completely awesome! It was wonderful to see it in person and spot all the little details. What a collaboration!

  28. March 3, 2012 4:12 pm

    Seriously amazing wowness! (see, it was so awe-inspiring I had to make up a new word)

  29. March 3, 2012 10:01 pm

    Just came across your blog. Wow..that quilting is amazing. Nice to see the next generation of quilters as well!

  30. March 6, 2012 12:41 pm

    Oh thank-you all so so much for your amazing comments!! *HUGS* I LOVE reading what you have to say, and finding out all the uncanny coincidences! Krista is insanely talented, and I’m just beside myself looking at this quilt!


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