A Birthday Quilt For Annabelle

My granddaughter Annabelle, turns six next week. It broke my heart when she told me the first quilt that I ever made for her, scared her and she didn’t like sleeping under it, so I thought I would make a new quilt for her birthday.

To keep it fast and simple I decided on the “Jelly Roll Race” pattern. It’s the one where you take a jelly roll comprised of 40-2 1/2 strips of fabric and continuously sew them in one long strip, then make the ends of the long strip meet, sew them together the length of the of the strips and repeat until you have a finished quilt top. Your top when complete will measure approximately 48×64 inches. Write me if you need more detailed instructions.

Anyway, my granddaughter’s favorite color is green, so I knew the jelly roll I would purchase would include green. I asked her what other colors were her favorites and she pretty much said every color you’d find in a box of crayons! Lol! Lucky for me Joann fabrics had just what I needed and in about 5 hours the quilt top was born.

Below are photos of the front and back.




I think it turned out beautifully. While it was loaded between the rollers of the longarm, I was disappointed in my quilt design selection. I thought maybe the quilting was too dense, but what happened when I removed it from the Gammill Statler Stitcher, is what usually happens……..the quilting just popped and I was pleased with how it turned out. Since the quilt is for a 6-year old, denser quilting was desirable so it will hold up well for the long haul.

The quilting design pattern came from Sweet Dream Quilt Studio. I programmed the longarm to stitch the design in an all over pattern, using Superior’s King Tut white cotton thread. Between the top and backing are 2 layers of wool batting. The batting really gave great definition to the stitching.

Don’t you just love it!

North Alabama Fair-Best of Show Quilt

Best of Show Cropped


Well Done, Anita!

This lovely quilt which is to be given as a wedding gift, took Best of Show at the North Alabama fair this week.  The quilt pictured is actually hanging upside down, but as soon as we get it back from the fair, we can upload some other photos.  Hopefully, we can put some in that show the beautiful detail of the quilting.

The name of the quilt is “Heartbeat of the City”.  It was pieced by Anita Haddad.  The quilting was a collaborative effort by Anita and Terri at the Singing River Company and although the quilt is only 46 x 57 in size, it boasts over 120,000 stitches.  This masterpiece was quilted using a Gammill Optimum longarm quilting machine with a Statler Stitcher. We used navy King Tut Thread from Superior Threads and black polyester batting from Quilter’s Dream.

Anita has had multiple 1st Place wins over the years, but never Best of Show until now. We will proudly display her ribbon on the wall of the studio.  It will surely be a treasured wedding gift for her niece in October.

Check back soon to see more pictures.

The Wedding Gift

Today Anita and I completed the quilt to be given as a wedding gift to Anita’s niece. She had the fabric in her stash. It was from a collection by Marti Michell and made of bright cheerful colors of purples, muted greens, yellow and red. Adorned with faux appliquéd flowers it was well suited for quilting.


We used two layers of batting. The interior designs, including the flowers, were outlined. Then the dark purple sections were then quilted with micro loops to help the outlined design elements pop. The borders were stitched in the ditch and the outer border was quilted with free motion flowers using variegated cotton thread.




Different thread color choices were used to make dramatic quilting effects on the back side of the quilt. Examples are displayed below.



We had such fun working on this quilt together. It was exciting watching it come together and we were so pleasantly surprised by the way the back of the quilt took shape as we went. Looking forward to our next project. Check out our website www.singingriverquilt.com.

Looking Forward To Spring!

2013 has brought a lot of snow and cold weather my way. I can not wait to see the trees start to bud and the daffodils poke out of the ground with signs of new life. Something about new beginnings just makes me happy!

Have an cheerful day! Be blessed.

Lilly’s Quilt-A 1st Place Winner

To my pleasant surprise, the quilt that I pieced on my Baby Lock and quilted on our Gammill, received a 1st Place Ribbon in its category at the 2012 North Alabama Fair in Muscle Shoals.  I am thrilled to be able to show it to you.

This log cabin quilt, done in pinks, blues and purples is a baby gift for my new granddaughter, Lillian, who was born June 4, 2012.  The fabric was purchased during the April 2012 AQS Show in Paducah and quilted with threads from Superior Threads.

King Tut, Lava and So Fine brands in 4 shades were used to do the quilting.  It was quilted In-The-Ditch first for stabilization and I purposely left the center area unquilted to cause it to poof out some.  The light sides of the blocks were quilted using a pebbling technique.  For the dark sides of the blocks I created what I call “funky flower feathers” and they really turned out great!  Both of those techniques were done with Lava thread.  The borders were quilted in a medium-small meander with a varigated King Tut thread and finally, all four techniques were blended together on the back with So Fine.  The color selected for the bobbin, allowed the quilting on the back to be almost invisible.

This quilt is just one example of the awesome work that we do at the Singing River Quilt Company.  Let us help you create a winner!  Check us out at www.singingriverquilt.com or email us at info@singingriverquilt.com.

Hello Quilters!

Singing River Quilt Company offers high quality, professional quilting services to quilters of all levels. We specialize in custom block by block and edge to edge quilting – from the everyday utility piece, to show pieces, and family heirlooms you will pass down from one generation to the next.

A partnership of best friends and passionate quilters, Singing River Quilt Company offers many services. We take great pride and pleasure in working with you to bring the spirit of your quilt to life.

We also provide custom embroidered labels, quilting classes, and longarm machine rental.

Our work is done in a clean, smoke free environment. We welcome visitors to tour our studio. Please call for directions.

We welcome your business and your friendship!

Anita and Terri

Quilt Gallery

Terri and I would like to share our quilting journey with you.  I started piecing and quilting on my home machine in 1997. In late 2000 and early 2001, I started renting time on a longarm machine. I fell in love with the longarm and the ability to create the soul of the quilt. At that time there were very few instructors in this form of expression, especially in the area I lived.

I am documenting and exposing my growth in these still loved quilts from my early days of quilting! It is my hope to encourage you to press on and continue to learn this wonderful expression of color, design, and giving of yourself to others. Your quilts will be loved when made into a quilt. Step out and quilt that quilt top yourself or send to someone who will cherish your work, complete it by quilting it, and give you the joy of sharing your art with others.

Learn more about my quilt journey by visiting our gallery and viewing:

We  desire to update our Quilt Gallery every month.  We look forward to seeing your quilt pictures and reading quilting stories!   Feel free to send us your picture and story to info@singingriverquilt.com