The evolution of a custom handmade quilt...

I recently contacted the lovely Jemima Flendt from Tied with a Ribbon to commission a custom quilt in bright cheerful colours for a very special new arrival. Quilting is a craft best described as ‘pure love expressed in stitches’ and I had so much fun collaborating with Jemima on the lovely creation below that I’ve decided the share the evolution my beautiful handmade quilt.

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts

Inside the creative mind of a quilter…
As told by Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon

I love to quilt. I enjoy choosing designs, fabrics and colours of the quilts that I make to suit the person they are made for. I want my quilts to reflect their personality and be something that they will have to treasure that is handmade by me. When I am asked to put together a custom order I like to get lots of details on who the quilt is for and what they like such as favourite colours so that I can make a quilt that will be just perfect for them.

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts

My niche is modern and contemporary quilting. I love combining bright colours and textures of different fabrics like linens and lawns together with cottons.  I love embellishing quilts by adding features like hand stitching, ribbons and applique.

KID Independent (Indi) knew what type of quilt she was after and provided some examples of what she liked.  With this I was able to come up with some ideas that would work well and Indi had described the colours she loved.  Those favourite colours were used to make the fabric choice, which was also made with the idea in mind of the quilt being a unisex quilt.

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts

When working with a client to make a quilt I like to give them options for pattern designs, fabrics prints, designs and textures that would suit what they are after and their budget. I often have ideas on what fabrics would work well together but this is worked through with them so that the quilt will be treasured for whom it is being made.

I was about 17 when I started quilting.  I used to read books and have my mum take me to get fabrics or raid her stash to make them. As I grew older I started to take some lessons, learning all about quilting techniques, how to make different traditional blocks and how to machine quilt. I had loved Textiles at High School and wanted to learn some new skills.  So deciding that I wanted to learn how to make and sew Patchwork quilts I enrolled in a class and haven’t stopped since.

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts

I love sharing with others my love of quilting and sewing.  I strive to improve my skills and continue to be challenged by new projects.

My profession is that of a Home Economics High School Teacher but I have turned my passion and hobby into a more full time pursuit. I have been a regular contributor to Handmade Magazine over the past 2 years and have Quilts that will be featured in Homespun this year. I teach quilting and sewing classes and teach at weekend Retreats.

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts

How much I adore my custom made quilt…
As told by Indi from KID independent

I was absolutely thrilled with every step in my custom quilt creative process. Jemima invited me to send her my design ideas, and I picked out a few examples of geometric patterns from my Pinterest boards and shared my favourite hues. We settled on the Rainbow Fizz pattern and the heavenly “True Colors” fabric by Anna Maria Horner.  I was kept in the loop with images and info as Jemima worked her magic, and when the finished quilt arrived in the post I couldn’t have been happier!

Jemima’s workmanship is superb, she has an eye for colour and detail, and she is friendly, approachable, and clearly dedicated to her craft. I only wish I lived a little bit closer to her studio so she could teach me how to sew!

If you would like to order your own custom quilt, you can contact Jemima for details via her blog, or visit her store on Etsy.

Tied with a Ribbon Custom Handmade Quilts


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