Linda is an amazing and inspiring quilter. Her detailed work is incredible in photos and jaw dropping in person. We are thrilled to share with you one of Linda's quilts today.
When Linda entered “Circles of Life” into AQS Knoxville 2009, it was the first time she had entered a quilt into a show. You can imagine her surprise when she was informed that she had won Best of Show! Fellow quilters encouraged her to enter this beautiful quilt in other trade shows. Since her first show, Linda’s “Circles of Life” has won 5 Best of Show Awards, several first place ribbons (including 1st place at Houston), and Best Longarm Quilting Award at NQA.
Linda explains her creative process: “I designed Circles of Life after seeing a picture of a window in an architectural historical reference. I was intrigued by the way several arcs came together to make a circle. I drafted the outline of the central part of the quilt, and then slowly created the rest. I use a design-as-you-go process. I do not know what the quilt will look like when it is finished. I complete a section, evaluate, and then design the next area. It is a lot of fun watching the quilt slowly develop.”
Just how long did it take to complete? She told us, “It took me about two years to complete. This is the first large quilt I quilted on the longarm. I have been using Superior Threads (the best threads, of course!) for many years, long before machine quilting with a longarm. I used Superior Threads for machine embroidery and sewing, and So Fine! #50 is my favorite for quilting. I choose to use So Fine! #50 to quilt with because the work I do creates a lot of texture with an heirloom look. My belief is that the quilt top should be what catches the eye first and then the quilting is noticed. I like the quilting to enhance the quilt without overpowering it. ”
Linda’s quilts are absolutely stunning! You can view more of her incredible work on her site, lindafrench.com. Thank you Linda for sharing your beautiful work with us!
Photos courtesy of Linda French