I know it’s been a little while
since I have blogged.
If you follow my Facebook
you’ll notice that something that has been
extremely prevalent in my life lately
is the circulation of a photo of my quilt titled
Along with that publicity came
NUMEROUS inquiries about
how someone could purchase this quilt,
or one just like it.
(No joke, it was like 7-8 emails A DAY from people asking to buy it.)
Unfortunately, there is only 1 single Shimmering Symphony quilt.
Now, obviously, that was a really hard question to answer,
especially in terms of how much it would cost to purchase it.
I did some math.
Because this quilt is decked out like a Katy Perry costume
with genuine Swarovski Crystals,
All of the materials alone cost me about $370.
(1,476 Crystals and 330 beads along the bottom, plus fabric, batting and thread)
The other aspect I took into consideration was how much time I spent on this piece.
Because it was an original composition,
and designed around a specific theme,
every single little element and detail was extremely thought-out and considered.
Countless filler patterns were auditioned,
and the color scheme was deliberate.
This wasn’t a quilt that I just sat down
and busted out from start to finish in 1 or 2 sittings.
After calculating all the time spent,
Starting with the first drawing in my sketch book
and ending when the last bead was strung along the bottom,
the total time spent was roughly 190 hours.
Based on the amount of time that I have been quilting
I think it is safe to say that I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Quilting.
If most 4 year degrees make at least 20$ an hour,
then this quilt would cost $3,800.00 in labor.
I know that number sounds like a lot to swallow.
Here is the 2nd caveat that I faced when contemplating selling this quilt.
I LOVE THIS QUILT!!
It has traveled with me across the world.
It has been used in my trunk shows as well as an example when I teach.
It has won multiple awards.
And in a lot of ways, skyrocketed my career
not only as a quilter, but as a fine artist.
I’m not super eager to sell it.
(at least not for merely what the time and materials cost)
I AM super eager to share the artistry and aesthetics
of this quilt with those of you who want it.
I have felt overwhelmed with joy from the amount of
kind words and compliments that I have received on behalf of this quilt.
It truly has been so amazing,
and I wanted to come up with a way that I could share my love for quilting,
and art in general, but in an affordable way.
Here are the options that I have come up with…
P.S. Every single option is UNDER $200
and is available in time for the holidays.
As I list the options, you can click the image to be taken straight to
the corresponding product page.
Shimmering Symphony Fleece Throw Blanket.
This blanket is created from a direct photograph of the original
Shimmering Symphony quilt.
While it doesn’t have all the actual crystals on the quilt,
It has 2 layers of EXTREME snuggliness,
the top layer of the blanket is fleece and the backside is white sherpa,
captures the essence of the quilting and craftsmanship
and comes in 3 different sizes!
If you don’t LOVE the original design,
I have also offered this design in a rainbow color scheme
sans the quilting designs-
in a red color scheme.
(If you have specific colors in mind,
just contact me and I’ll create a listing just for you at no additional charge.)
Shimmering Symphony Tapestry
The tapestry is different from the blanket in that it is much like a poster.
All 4 sides have an under-turned binding making it
ready to hang on the wall from the moment you get it in the mail.
It is available in all 3 variations like the fleece blanket,
and also in 3 different sizes
making it fit your desired wall space perfectly.
Make a finished, 3-layer, traditional quilt out of a purchased tapestry.
If you have your heart set on having an actual quilted quilt,
but the original quilt is beyond your budget,
You can purchase ANY tapestry listed on
and then have it quilted and bound.
If option 3 is right for you, contact me and
we can work out the details.
Shimmering Symphony Duvet Cover
If you love the idea of this design adorning your bed
but you’re like me and need a
GIANT DUVET WEIGHING YOU DOWN AT NIGHT TO KEEP YOU WARM
Then the duvet cover option is perfect for you!
It comes in a full, queen, or king size,
and is ready to slip onto your existing duvet and looks instantly fabulous.
I just want to reiterate, again
and again and again and again….
HOW GRATEFUL I AM
for the outpouring of love and encouragement I have received
throughout my creative process.
I truly hope that I can share myself with you all
for many years to come!
Thank you so much!
Be great to each other!
276 thoughts on “Shimmering Symphony – Get it now!”
Karlee, I applaud your creativity and generosity to value your time at just $20/hour. You truly have the heart of an artist. I hope to meet you some day at a show if you are ever in the Seattle area. Have you considered making a photo reproduction quilt that others could sur-quilt? Bob
My name is Tracy Scott. I love your work. I am a self taught watercolor, oil, mixed media and digital designer…though I’ve never made a go of it yet.
I started quilting 6 months ago…it was the only art I could do after losing my partner of 23 years to cancer two years prior. Free Motion has become my savior. I haven’t pieced an entire quilt and quilted it yet…but I spent everyday for the last 6 months learning everything I can about FM. Your work is art…and needs to be collected…not by crafters who buy quilts, but by collectors who by artists art like your quilts…provided des you could part with it….You have so inspired me!
Interesting in the Duvey cover
Hi there! You can see the various duvet covers and their prices here:
Interested in shimmering symphony.
Which product, specifically? Are you a quilter? I have a pattern available for it, or the fleece blankets and tapestries are beautiful, and ready to enjoy if you aren’t a quilter.
I love your design and am going to purchase the pattern.
I don’t think I will be able to make it as gorgeous as yours but I will try.
You should sign up for the online class so I can show you EVERYTHING I did to make the quilt! https://www.karleeporter.com/shop/education/shimmering-symphony-master-class/
Any chance your original Shimmering Sympony photo can be printed on a white or ivory quilt? It’s so beautiful, just not a big fan of fleece.
I actually also offer the design printed onto plain fabric that isn’t fleece. You can either quilt it, or hang it on the wall, as-is.
Check it out here: https://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-printed-tapestry-2/
Have you considered having a cards, post cards, actual posters, mugs, magnets, etc. made with your exquisite design(s)? Or, licensing it for such use? A canvas option would be nice, too. I prefer the “quilted” look on the reprints. Regardless of what gets commercialized, your art is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
I have! there are just only so many hours in the day! But I would be more than happy to source any products you might be interested in with this design on it! Let me know!
Gorgeous . I will be saving to get something as special as one of these for myself.
I’m looking forward to your order 🙂
I am interested in buying one of your beautiful quilts. Please contact me at either #s c) 972-658-6822 h) 972-727-5332
You can see the quilts I currently have for sale here:
How do I download pattern
You should have received an email with links to download. If you are still having issues, please just let me know.
Hi Karlee … in putting together a Quilt Show for the enjoyment of attendees at out 61st annual Pultneyville Homecoming scheduled for July 21st, I came across your most beautiful fine art masterpiece, “Shimmering Symphony.” I have a true appreciation for your work as I also am a Fine Art gallery owner. Your quilt is the most phenominal I have ever seen.
We are about to put out a call for quilts. Our show will be held in the Pultneyville Reformed Church and I can totally close my eyes and see your quilt displayed in the choir loft by our organ pipes! Is there any chance that you would consider loaning your quilt for this purpose?
This would be the hocal point of our show!
Pultneyville is a small lakeside historic hamlet in upstate New dating back to 1806. It is steeped in
tradition and history and each July we celebrate
community. I am Homecoming Chair this year and also
also working with the Quilt Committee. Needless to say, we would be honored to feature your beautiful work of art that will live on for years to come as an heirloom quilt.
Thank you for uour consideration.
Hi Nanette! Thank you so much for all the kind words! Unfortunately, I will need this quilt for events that I am traveling to, to show it to my attendees as students. I’m so sorry!
I like the original shimmering blanket. Not the red or colorful one. King size. What is the price? Please call me at 660-221-1900
You can order the original design on a fleece blanket using this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
FIrst and foremost let me say your quilt is absolutely stunning. It is truly the embodiment of what’s inside you and the displays the essence of what drives you. What a fantastic legacy to pass on to your heirs and long after your gone those family heirlooms will still be just a precious as the day the 1st plans were drawn, the 1st threads were sewn, and the 1st one that was met with such rave reviews! I’ll be 65 this year! I have retired from the military and retired yet again after 22 years with the Post Office and when faced with the legacy I was going to leave I turned to the one thing I’ve loved to do my entire life and that was to sing! So I’ve converted the “man cave” into a kind of studio where my guitar and I, record a little bit more of my legacy everyday. Your “Shimmering Symphony” , based on all the time, cost, and effort you’ve put into it, could very easily be the cornerstone of your legacy. And I’m thrilled to read that you are NOT going to part with it, YET you still found a way to “SHARE” something extraordinarily beautiful with the rest of us! Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for your order and for supporting my work, as well as all the kind words! It means the world to me that you liked my art and that it will be able to bring you warmth and comfort when you look at it. I checked out your soundcloud, and you have a beautiful voice. No doubt you are blessings the lives of many by sharing your talent of singing and playing the guitar. ❤️
I am trying to order a duvet. I select “Queen”, “1” and “Add to Cart” and it keeps saying “Select product options”. There are no other options that I can see to select. Help? Thanks!
Hi Wendy! Sorry about that, my website has been little buggy the last couple days (waiting on a software update that will fix this issue). Please try one more time for me, and if it still doesn’t work, shoot me an email and we can do an over-the-phone order. Info@karleeporter.com
I would luv to know the prices of the throws/ blankets and single bed duvets. I absolutely luv these and myvson is a senior and going into music education. We also need to get a gift fir his music instructor for the musical and i think this would be perfect!!
You can see the prices of the throw blankets here:
Thank you so much for supporting my work!
I would love to purchase the 1st Option – the throw blanket. That would be perfect the room where I have my piano as there are two sofas in this room also.
How do I order the blanket? And what is the cost?
Here is a link to the product page. 🙂
Just saw this quilt on facebook – Kudos to you for a stunning quilt! And double kudos on all your awards and everything you’ve done to make sure that folks can buy something that has this pattern that is affordable.
You could win Best if Show at the American Quilt in April each year in Paducah Kentucky. The quilters museum is also!
Love your work and designs. So talented and creative. Do you offer design assistance for non-profits? We’re building our catholic church and I’m assisting with fundraising.
Hi Margaret! email me info(at)karleeporter.com and we can chat further 🙂
Will you ever have a digital version that can be downloaded to an Epic embroidery machine?
Great question! I have definitely though about it, Many times actually, however, I am apprehensive for a couple reasons: not many machines would have a large enough hoop to actually stitch it out, and I am not sure if I could do it cost effectively. What are your thoughts? Do you have an epic embroidery machine? I have thought about doing it for a quilting machine, but even that would be a little bit tricky to make it clean enough to work across many different quilting machine throat spaces.
So how much is option 4?
Here is an approximate breakdown if you were to do option 4:
Small (51×60) Medium (68 x 80) Large (88×104)
Printed Fabric 60 100 140
Backing Fabric (Kona Cotton Solid) 15 30 45
Binding Fabric (Kona Cotton Solid) 5 10 15
Binding Service 30 45 60
Batting FREE! FREE! FREE!
Subtotal 110 185 260
+ + +
Quilting Services $50 – $100 $80 – $190 $140 – $320
Approximate total for finished quilt: $160 – $210 $265 – $375 $400 – $580
As everyone else… I am in awe! My husband plays Steel Guitar for a Legend in Country Music. I am always looking to find something with a Steel Guitar on it…and that is almost impossible. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for reading. 🙂
Can you add a shopping cart or list the prices?
If you click any of the images, it will take you to the product pages for each option. Or you can click the “shop” button at the top of the website.
I know so many people that would love the quilt / Music theame / I thought if I can buy one I would put it in our Lake Orion Lions club Charity Auction . thanks for your help
That would be awesome! I would highly recommend the fleece blanket version, it is super warm and snuggly and makes an AMAZING gift.
Thank you! -Karlee
I am interested in the fleece blanket? Would like to know the cost and size of blanket?
Check out this link for the prices of the fleece blanket and their various sizes:
Thank you so much!
I absolutely love the original quilt in the muted colors! I wish I had the skill and patience to create something like that
Can this still be received on or before December 24, 2017?
Unfortunately not. These items are custom printed and take about 10 days before they ship.
Is it possible to get a downloadable pattern for this quilt as I have a niece that is a vocal coach and musician
Yep! You can purchase and download it here:
I have loved this quilt from the 1st time I saw it. My daughter is a musician and I can’t make up my mind…i may want to do the tapestry.. just like your original quilt. Any suggestions?
If you want, I am actually teaching on online, 10-week course on this quilt, complete with all the education (and more) you’d need to complete the quilt from start to finish from scratch! Check it out here:
Let me know if you have any other questions! This class is going to be a ton of fun! I hope you’ll join us!
Karlee… have soooo many comments! I love that you have throws and an very interested in one. Hmmmm…go for color or pastel one….hmmmm
I can’t wait to see what you pick out! 🙂
Love them all. More prone to the coloured one. Have you done any in blue (favourite colour).
I only did those few color schemes. Would you like me to custom color one for you in blues? What product were you looking to order with a blue color scheme?
I love this so much! It is hard to choose as I can see all the options in my apt! I play the piano, organ and guitar and sing!! Music has always been a huge part of my life. My granddaughter who is 12 plays the cello and is learning the piano. She has a gift! So she would love this too. Now to decide!!. Where do I find the prices??
Thank you so much for all the kind words! You can find the prices of each item by simply clicking on the image of the item that you like. That will take you to the product page where you can choose what size you want and it will show you the price. Happy Shopping! 🙂
Hi Karlee! Came across your “Shimmering Symphony” design through the Piano Guys’ facebook! You’re about to get a lot more busier 😀
Love your work, passion and thought you’ve put into this. Looking forward to supporting you in the near future!
Hi Andrew! Thank you so much! Your kind words mean a lot to me! <3
Where do I find the fabric for symphony in black and white that I can quilt myself? And I love your work.
I just added that to my shop this morning. You can order it here:
Karlee just watched your chat with Alex Anderson about your class. I am thrilled for you that your joy of quilting is being recognized. Congratulations also on the baby boy who is coming your way. Thank you so much for sharing your splendid talent with the TQS crowd.
I am not confident that I have the skill to do your class, as I just started quilting. I definitely will be following your career. There is no greater gift in life than to love what you do and watching your videos with Alex it is very apparent you are doing the right thing.
Hi Christine! Thank you so much for watching and following my work! As for the class, even if you may not feel completely confident in the techniques of the class, this is a WONDERFUL skill-building opportunity. Keep in mind that I had only been quilting about 18 months when I completed this quilt. I truly believe that it is MUCH easier to create than it looks by the time it is finished. I will be able to teach you a ton of tips and tricks that will really skyrocket your quilting skills, I promise! I hope you’ll reconsider, but if not I understand. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting my work and leaving me such a sweet comment. <3
Hi !! Been dying to get this design for over a year! I am interested in option 2 or 3! How do I order??
If you click on the image of the option you are interested in, it will take you to the product page. 🙂
So how much for the Shimmering Symphony Duvet Cover in full size?
You can see the product page here:
This is fantastic and beyond my imagination. I vote you up your status to PhD.
A friend sent me the picture of this fabulous quilt from the magazine. INSTANTLY I said, ” I WANT this quilt!!!!”
I am a musician, have taught elementary and middle school public school music for 30 years. I have been retired for almost 19 years but am still actively involved in my little community trying to make it a better place to live. I sing in four different singing groups as well as having season tickets for 26 years to our symphony. I took a quilting class shortly after I retired and made a presentable sampler 4 square wall hanging. I am NOT even in the category to quilt this pattern…BUT I know a person who is a master quilter. I have shown her your quilt and she has not said no. I’m hopeful she will do it. I’m sure I can’t say anything that has not already been said about this masterpiece….and I mean it when I say Masterpiece. You Karlee are an artist of the highest degree. If I had put as much heart and soul and work and love as you obviously put into this quilt…I wouldn’t sell it for any price. After it has served it’s purpose in teaching techniques to other quilters, at some point it should be hanging in a museum. Thank you for sharing the pattern with the rest of us so that we may create our own symphony!
Your words are so kind and they just warm my heart! That is so kind of you to say all those things! I love quilting so much and I am just so happy and grateful that I can share my talents with those around me!
I purchased the pdf pattern for your beautiful quilt. I am interested in how you quilted it but unfortunately, the link on the purchase page is broken?
You can see how I quilted it “here”. “Here” link is broken and has been for quite some time now. Could you please have the link fixed:)
Thank you for letting me know about the broken link! Eeek! I updated the product page of the pattern to include the same photos to show how I quilted it. 🙂
As always, if you have any other questions, just let me know!
Kaylee,. We have some piano keys from my wife’s grandmother’s piano that we want to put into 3 shadow boxes. (The piano wasn’t worth fixing). This design from your quilt would be perfect to use as a background for the shadow boxes. What do you think? The boxes will be about 20″ x 20″. Can the pattern be reduced, or could we use portions, perhaps.
Hopefully this could be done not too expensively.
Please advise and keep up the excellent work.
Thanks, Ken Emery email@example.com
Perhaps a few fine art prints of the design might work for you? You can see that product listing here:
Hi Karlee. I am interested in the original Shimmering Symphony blanket, but the least expensive option. Do you sell such directly, and, if so, how much would it cost for the blanket and delivery to Illinois? I’d like to give it as a Christmas gift to my kids’ piano teacher. Thanks in advance, Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can see the product choices for that quilt and the sizes at this link:
And then shipping is populated at check out when you enter your address (before you actually pay so you can verify that you are okay with the shipping charge)
These are so beautiful. Hard to pick which color scheme is the best. Love them all.
Thank you! 🙂
I just purchased the pattern. What type of fabric do you recommend for this since it is a whole cloth quilt? Looks like a lot of fun if not the biggest challenge ever!!
Honestly, you can use whatever you like. If I were to make this quilt again, I would use a Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman. Their fabric is really nice. 🙂 But if you wanted to be adventurous and try something wacky like silk or something, more power to ya! 🙂
Let me know how it goes and if you have any other questions. I am here for you!
I am disappointed. The “pattern” is nothing but a line drawing. I could have done that by making a screen shot of the quilt photograph. I certainly didn’t think it was worth the $15.00 it cost. As I said, I am disappointed.
Thank you for the feedback. I wanted to point out a couple things that you may not be aware of. The description of this pattern clearly states what is included in the pattern; an image containing the lines in which you mark your fabric as well as the transfer instructions for getting those marks onto the fabric prior to quilting. This is a whole cloth quilt pattern. Second, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, “making a screenshot of the quilt” is THEFT. When you purchase a pattern, you are not only purchasing the design and instructions but you are purchasing inherent rights to implement that pattern for personal use. If you do not pay for the design, but still use the design (via a screenshot) you are stealing.
That being said, I will of course extend the same courtesy to you that I do to all my customers- if there are ever any questions about my products and designs I have a “contact us” screen where you can contact me directly via email. I do my best to make sure that my customers are taken care, and I have even gone as far as offering design advice and constructive criticism to makers who use my patterns but want to explore creative liberties with it. So, I hope you’ll still use the pattern and make your own Shimmering Symphony quilt, and I will always be here to answer any questions that you might have along the way.
Is it possible to purchase a pattern for this?
It sure is! You can purchase a downloadable pattern here:
There are no words for What I’m thinking and feeling when I look at this magnificent quilt. You certainly deserve every accolade you’ve received and continue to receive!
Seeing Alex Anderson’s blog interview with you was first time I saw your quilt or, indeed, even heard of you. I would love to know more about you, not personal, of course, but about your art background, when you started LA quilting etc.
You mentioned receiving a wedding quilt from your grandmother. What a very special and treasured gift that is!! You look so young to be married. But, then, I guess I did too when I married at 18.
Lastly, your offering these options to admirers of Shimmering Symphony is amazing. I know of no-one who has made such an offer to people who loved someone else quilt!
Now, I’m going to ask if I may use some of your design elements to create my own style Symphony quilt. Mainly the curved piano board. All of my sons are musically talented, two play piano, one also plays drums and all play guitar.
Two of my granddaughters play cello and piano, one also plays French horn. SO, you can see why I’d like to create a similar quilt for my family.
I don’t enter quilt competitions, ever. I quilt for my friends and family and charity. SO, there is no worry that I’ll be gaining anything other than joy of leaving a special quilt for my family.
Thank you very much for reading my message and best wishes for your wonderful future!
Hi Marlette! Thank you so much for all your kind words! They are enormously heart-warming to read! Thank you so much for asking for permission, and I do give you that permission for this particular case. I was also married at 18, and it is the best decision I ever made. <3
Thank you for all the support! It means so much to me!
I absolutely love your Shimmering Symphony quilt. I too am a quilter and a musician but am exactly 50 years older than you. 🙂 Keep up this marvelous work. I am soooo inspired to continue designing my own quilts. All the best to you from Vancouver Island, Canada.
Thank you so much for the kind words! I have to say, that quilt has touched more lives than I can count, and definitely more than any other quilt I have ever made. 🙂 You are awesome, and keep up the good work.
I saw an image of Shimmering Symphony somewhere on Facebook and saved it because it’s gorgeous. A friend just saw and wanted to know all about it. Since I knew nothing, I looked more closely and saw IMQS on the bottom right corner, went to Google and now am here.
Musical notes are by far my favorite design element! I have metal wall art, music memorabilia, and other related items decorating my home office.
Now that I’m here and see that I can get a blanket in this fabulous design, I’m thrilled. I’m also delighted to find out more about the creation of the original. Awesome work! I’ll find your FB page and like you! 🙂
I am so glad you were able to find me! I saw your order come through and I am soooo grateful for all your support! Seriously!
Amazing quilting. Studying is, at least I think so. not only time, but to show that you can perform. You proved you can perform more than a batchelor. This piece is like a thesis in quilting!!
Awe! you’re so sweet! Now the struggle is trying to come up with a new quilt design that can top this one!
Karlee your work is phenomenal,are the duvet available need to ck out your FB Nice work !!!
Thank you so much Gary!
You can see all the duvet covers I have listed here:
Thank you so much for all your support!
Karlee, I am a musician and have fallen in love with your quilt. I would be interested in the tapestry or the duvet cover. Can you give me the price?
Thank you so much for the kind words! You can find the sizes and prices for the tapestry here:
And the duvets here:
Thank you so much for all your support! 🙂
this is a beautiful quilt someone posted it on a facebook page I was looking at and I took a picture for I could look for it I finally looked up the quilt name and found you. Thank you this is real art I wish I had a little creativity in me
Awe! Thank you so much for the kind words! I am glad you enjoy this piece.
I found this beautiful quilt on the puzzle site Jigidi…under user name Jerikola! Thank you Karlee for telling the quilt tale! It is good to appreciate how much work, skill, talent and perseverance it takes to create masterpieces!
Thank you so much for the kind words, as well as the reference to the site. 🙂
WOW!! You just made my day with this blog!!! I had no idea there would be any way that I could even get close to having this beauty! I’m seriously thinking it needs to be my retirement gift (or Christmas present!) LOL (because I’m not retiring for another 2 1/2 yrs.!) It is exquisite and you did an AMAZING JOB………I’m sure you hear that multiple times per day, but it is absolutely breathtaking and so VERY SPECIAL to a pianist like myself. I’ve played piano for 58 yrs. since I was 6, taught since I was 17, and just retired from that (unless someone dedicated asks to learn) and then I’m “back in business” THANK YOU AGAIN for sharing this wonder! How much is the wall hanging under $200?
Thank you so much for all the kind words! The enthusiasm and support just means so so much to me! As you read the blog post above, and see the different options, any option you are interested in, just click on that image in the blog post and it will take you to that products page. 🙂
I hope you’ll pick something up! 🙂
I am interested in the duet cover in the soft colors pic 1 in queen size . My husband is from the original motown record company. Would love to surprise him. Would u be able to abroad his name or our song as well. , please let me know thank you so much Rose Marie
Hi Rosemarie! You can order a duvet cover at this link:
Unfortunately, the design is already set in stone and cannot be changed 🙁 I hope you’ll still consider picking one up for your husband.
Do you have a tutorial on basic techniques you used to create this quilt? I have a Viking embroidery machine and Premier software, I have never made a quilt but know I can do it after growing up watching my grandmother make tons of them. My husband found and asked me to quilt/ embroider something like your quilt. Now I have to learn to do one of my own!
Hi Mischelle! Thank you for your support. One of the download files of the pattern will tell you how to get the pattern printed and transferred to fabric. After that it is fairly simple, you just quilt down all the main pattern lines- this provides the basting and stability for the quilt as you start to quilt it, and then you just pick each of the elements and fill them in with a different filler pattern. Easy Peasy! 🙂
If you haven’t already purchased the pattern, you can get it at this link:
This quilt is unbelievable! I truly love it. Would love to see it in person. I think you are a true artist. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much for the kind words, Dianne! I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. 🙂
I am interested in the Tapestry or Throw Blanket. Moving into a smaller home in the Fall 2016. Not sure about wall space. Could I get sizes and prices for all three sizes in both mediums. I leaning toward a throw just because I could use it anywhere.
Hi Jean! You can pick which size you’d like of each product when you go to the product page. Here is the link for the tapestry:
And here is the link for the fleece blanket:
I would HIGHLY recommend the fleece blanket. It is really pretty and SUPER SOFT and snuggly!
Thank you so much for supporting my work!
Karlee, I would so love to order the Shimmering Symphony in option 2, tapestry….it’s a surprise for my husband who is a professional musician and sings with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra. We prefer the pink and burgundy color scheme, and as close to your original as possible. I will add the beading and crystals myself.
I look forward to hearing from you!
PS: I have listed my website: we breed and exhibit championship Tonkinese cats, and this is our website.
Hi Candilee! That is so cool that your husband is in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra! What does he play? When I play in my high school orchestra, I played the Viola. 🙂 Anywho, you can order the cutom printed tapestry at this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-printed-tapestry-2/
Thank you so much for your support!!!
How cool! I played the Viola as well
I notice you have a coloring book, too. Is the Shimmering Symphony design in it?
Hi Kim! I have one coloring book right now, Graffiti Quilting, and I am about to publish a second one (within the next week) that is based on tiles and repeated patterns. The shimmering Symphony design is not in either of those, but I assure you it will be in a future volume of the coloring book series where the whole theme of the coloring book is music.
Love your work and would love to have a jigsaw puzzle to put together!! Anything pending?
Hi Karlee, I was wondering, if you would be able to add a saxophone to the Shimmering Symphony, option 3. Just the plain quilt without all the bling. Thank you for your time.
Hi Agnes! Thanks for the comment, unfortunately, the pattern and quilt is completely finished, so it is not possible for me to add anything to the existing options. If you’d like to entertain the idea of a custom made quilt, shoot me and email to email@example.com and we can work out the details. 🙂
I think music has touched my soul in ways that nothing else in life can quite match. I have a wonderful husband and grown children with families of their own, so I don’t mean to say that it is more important than they are. But it somehow expresses things of my heart that words cannot reach.
I felt that same way when I saw this picture of your Shimmering Symphony quilt! Such beauty and expression!
My mother, who is 86 now, and still making quilts has made well over 3000 quilts in her life, some of them very simple and quickly put together for people whose homes had burned down and many of them very complicated Log Cabin, (king size), or other gorgeous designs. So quilts are also a part of my heart. Thank you for sharing your talents with us! God bless.
Margie Pilling (Cardston, Alberta, Canada
Wow! Thank you so much for all those kind words! That means so much to me! I am blessed with artistic abilities and it is my duty to share them with those around me. Thank you so much for supporting my work!
I have to tell you my heart stopped with I saw this quilt on Facebook. I lost my precious only child , Cory, on Aug 9, 2013. He was an avid guitar player who loved all kind of music. Music was his life I guess you could say. He loved classical to rock and everything in between. I wanted to say thank you for creating such a beautiful tribute to my son, who you did not even know. May God be with you and yours.
Hi Teresa, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thankful that my art was able to touch you in a way that you could feel close to your Cory again. God Bless You!
I like the shimmering symphony quilt, and I understand that all the stickers and crystals are prohibitive. Please send me the alternatives.
I might still want to use it as a throw, or perhaps as a wall hanging.
Will you still include the filler material to make the piano keys pop out a bit?
If you order a fleece blanket, it will be super soft and cuddly, but will NOT contain any actual quilting. If you order the tapestry, that is just a single layer of polyester fabric with the design printed on it.
When I think of the most impressive piece of embroidery, and what I would most like to make and own, I think of this. It’s superlative.!
Thank you for your kind words! 🙂
your quilt is so magnificent. really a very lovely piece with tons of love and effort in it.
what i was hoping for was a pattern for the cello. i would love to make one for my daughter. i am having a hard time finding one made like your cello. so beautiful . if you could point me in a direction for that, i would very much appreciate that.
Hi Karen, Thank you so much for your nice compliments. As of right now, I don’t think I have any Cello patterns, I’m sorry 🙁
Your work and humbling attitude makes all your ideas more intriguing and certainly sparks a challenge in me to tackle one of these ideas for my granddaughter who majored in Music at MTSU and whom I love dearly. I admire your dedication to your work and commend you for the outstanding workmanship and creativity. All are beautiful. I hope someday to be able to cross a path with you so I might see the original quilt personally. Good luck in your designing.
Thank you so much for all the kind words! That is so sweet of you to say! 🙂 I really appreciate the encouragement and comments like this just make what I do everyday worth it! 🙂
How much is the Shimmering Symphony Fleece Throw Blanket?
Hi Brenda! You can see the prices and order one here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
Can I get a price on a King duver cover and on a throw blanket?
Yep! You can order the duvet cover at this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-duvet-cover/
And the blankets at this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
You are my inspiration. I commented when I first saw your piece. My husband bought me a new Husqvarna Ultra so that I can try to get back to some level of quilting. I mention before I have Lupus and neurophay in my hands and feet, some days the hands are pretty much useless. Praying with this new machine to be able to just push the buttons and direct the fabric, thus getting back to what gives me peace. I will continue to follow and be inspired by you.
I remember your other comment. I wish you the best of luck with your new machine! I hope I can always provide you with inspiration and motivation! God bless!
Have you possibly digitized this for an embroidery machine?
I have not. Unfortunately that isn’t something I plan to do in the immediate future. :/ sorry!
You are a very compassionate, artistic person. Your quilt is stunning. My mother quilted us each a quilt and I love it.
Thank you so much! I am just very blessed and I try to do my best to pass it on and pay it forward 🙂
Are these pre made or stitched together after ordering (fleece blanket)? Just curious of the turn around time after ordering. I am a 53 year old man who has a soft spot in my heart for quilts. I guess it is because of the ones my grandmother (and great grandmother) used to make. I immediately fell in love with this design. You absolutely hit a home run with this one!
Hi Richard! The fleece blankets are made and ready to use right out of the box! Because of high volume in orders, right now there is about a 20 day turn around time from when you order to when it lands on your doorstep (provided USPS does their job like normal 😉
I too have a soft spot in my heart for quilts! My grandmother makes quilts and it is something that we have bonded over. I am pretty sure I am her favorite grandkid now!! 😛
Do you ship to Canada
Yep! 🙂 Your shipping cost will calculate when you go to check out.
Karlee I would just like to buy the pattern. Is itfor sale?
It is! You can get it here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
if I had the $$, I would give you 5K for it. It is a stunning quilt. Ialso understand how much it means to you. I wanted for my daughter, now 42 who in th last 5 years has had 2 deep lazier knife brain surgeries and is cancer free of the tumor still with only a mild speech problem. It was caught in time and best surgeon in this area. She is a huge music person and signs her first name Stephanie and signs it with the treble clef instead of the S. Is it my understanding that all the other options you list are for sale? What are the $$?
That is so clever! I love the idea of using a treble clef instead of an S. So cool. Yes! Those options are for sale, and if you just click on the picture of the product you want, it will take you to that product’s page where you can see the prices. 🙂
Am a quilter myself and would like to know if I can make one to sell after purchasing the pattern?
Hi Cathleen, that is a great question. The pattern for this quilt is available for purchase and for personal use only. If you would like to discuss licensing rights for the pattern, you are more than welcome to send me a personal message.
As a quilter and musician, this quilt blew me away! I ordered the downloadable pattern yesterday. When might I expect to receive it?
It is downloadable, so you can download right after purchase, using the links in your confirmation email. Please let me know if you need any help.
Oh my goodness! $3,800 for labor would be a bargain! I think you should keep it – unless someone offers you at least $10K for it – I’m serious!! Your quilt is stunning and I am going to order your pattern. You are a very talented quilter and I thank you for making this! Congrats on all the awards – can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Take care!
Thank you so much! I wish more people thought like you. As for right now, I am going to hang on to this quilt for a little while, until I get an offer that makes me happy to see it go, not sad! 🙂
Karlee, you have made a masterpiece! As a musician and quilter, I love it both ways! I’m sure that all your awards and acclaim are very well-deserved. 🙂 And, how smart of you to kindly offer ways for others to enjoy the design in their own homes, without selling your precious piece!
I only have one question: have you ever considered making the type of hanging sleeve that has a built-in pleat? This allows your beautiful work, on which you spent 190 hours, to lay completely flat, even while on thick round poles in quilt shows. It’s such a small extra step, and it really displays our quilts properly, with no big round bulge at the top to detract from the beauty. If you don’t know how to make this kind of sleeve, I’ve taught many people, and I’d be happy to send you my directions (free, of course).
I can’t wait to see what you create next. Happy Quilting! 🙂
Hi Janet. Thank you so much for all your kind words! It means a lot to me. I love being a quilter and a musician! Those are my 2 favorite things 😛
I actually did make the sleeve with a pleat, as directed by the show coordinators. But they ended up using even larger poles than they told me they would :/ so annoying!
Are you selling the patterns. Thanks De firstname.lastname@example.org
I sure am. It is a wholecloth quilt and you can purchase the pattern for it here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
Hi Karlee, love the above options, but wondering if you could put photo to stationery card. My sister and I get together to quilt and would love to send this to her as a ” thinking of you ” card. We took piano as kids and used to play duets together too. There is a lot of meaning in this for us. Even a set of 10 blank cards in a pack. :). Would love to share your design and artistry this way. :). Thoughts on this?
Hi Susan! That is a wonderful idea that I have actually been considering for sometime. I will see what I can do to get some of those listed.
Hi there..I just saw your quilt this morning on FB, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’d like to purchase a blanket (in the original design,) it would be a perfect birthday gift for my musician husband. I’m so happy to have found you! \
Thank you so much Kate! Here is a link to purchase a blanket: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
Karlee, this is probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I would like to know how much one of the wall hanging tapestries in the original colors would cost to purchase. I am a musician and would dearly love to hang in my music room. Thank you so much for sharing this. You are truly an amazing artist.
Thank you so much for all the kind words! It means so much to me to know that others appreciate my work 😀 You can see the purchasing options for the tapestry here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-wall-tapestry-2/
I would like to order one of these quilts for my boyfriend who is an amazing musician and fell in love with this quilt when I showed him. I can’t afford the quilt version but would like to get a throw version of it not fleece bc we live in south florida. Would it be possible to get one of these by Valentine’s day?
Unfortunately the fleece is the only option I have available at this time :/ If you order it soon, I am confident you will get it by Valentine’s Day.
Do you have a pattern? My mom and Aunt would love to do this for themselves!!
Yep! You can find the downloadable design for purchase here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
Thank you so much for the support!
This is a truly amazing design! I just love it!
I would love to be able to share it with the ladies if our Civitan International group who see quilts for cancer patients. I’m sure there is someone in the Ottawa Valley who would thoroughly enjoy being wrapped in this quilt during their final days to passage. I know my Dad would have enjoyed it immensely.
Interested in the throw , or s framable size.
You can order one at this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
Thanks, Karlee, for you kind and detailed response.
You are providing fascinating alternatives and options to consider… 🙂
All great ideas, including the color-modified designs available in different materials.
Much to think about.
I will get back to you a.s.a.p.
Hi. I am interested in the hanging duvet in original colors. How much would you charge.
You can click on any of the images in the post above, and it will take you to that products page where all the prices are listed. 🙂
Your work is stunning!! Are there any coupon codes to buy this wall tapestry please?
Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! Unfortunately at this time there are not any coupon codes for the tapestry. Sorry 🙁
You are so amazing!
Awe! Thanks Teri! So are you!!! I just stalked your IG. I love what you’re doing! I can’t wait to see more! 🙂
Love Love Love the quilt. As a choir and theater mom it is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it. I didn’t realize it had crystals on it but it is stunning.
Thank you! Yeah there are soooo many crystals it is nuts! 🙂
Hi – Your original quilt is truly amazing and I don’t know how you could even consider parting with it! Your options for others to share your artistry and skill at an affordable price are brilliant. How very kind of you to consider making options available for people to share your wonderful design.
Hi Pauline!! Thank you so much for such sweet and kind words! 🙂
Wonderful work. My mother-in-law is wondering if there is a chance you might make a pattern available so we can make our own.
Oops. I should have read the other comments first. I found the link. This quilt makes me so happy.
Hi Deborah! You can find a pattern for the shimmering symphony quilt if you go to the “shop” tab and click “quilting supplies”
so funny to finally see where to contact you… curious about the actual size of the original splendiferous work of art! What an amazing talent you have… I’m a quilter, but not to this degree and ability… and believe me I KNOW about cost of material and time spent and then someone wanting to be generous says, “Oh, I’ll bet you could sell this for $200.” Not even knowing you already have over four hundred dollars in fabric, batting & backing into it!!!!
Every once in a while someone sees it and posts it to my timeline and this is the first time i’ve seen where to reach you and let you know how much i appreciate the time (and got to SEE the sparklies) Congratulations and kudos whereever the two of you travel…
Thank you so much Cats! I know, it is kind of sad what people say sometimes when looking at handmade works. But I guess all we can do is educate them, huh? 🙂 The actual size of the original quilt is only about 24″ x 34″. So not big at all. But the crazy thing is it is definitely the quilt that has taken me the most time, which is crazy.
Absolutely beautiful is all I can say about your work!
Just a beautiful piece of art!
I am so glad you are offering the design in blanket form. I am interested in the black /red large throw, are the measurements a full or double size if placing on a bed? Also what would the price be? Not sure where you’re located, do you ship to Ontario Canada?
Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for all the kind words!!! You can see the sizes and prices at this link:
I believe I can ship to ontario. Go ahead and try placing an order with your shipping address and if you have any problems, just give me a shout and I will make sure it will get to ya! 🙂
I was amazed to see this lovely music piece of quilting. Can you do a 11×14 piece to be framed, also the price. I like the piece that can up on Face Book. Without the beads.
Hope to hear from you.
Can you, please, price the blanket and tapestry for me?
You can order the blanket here:
And you can order the tapestry at this link:
Thank you so much!! 🙂
Absolutely fabulous. I know some musicians
Thanks Linda! 🙂
Oh wowwwww. This is amazing
I want to purchase one or two of these options. Are they still available?
Hi Linda! They sure are available. Here are the links:
Fleece Throw Blanket:
or, Duvet Cover:
Thank you so much for your support, Linda!
You are amazing!!!!
Thanks Terry! I just love sharing the passion that Heavenly Father blessed me with! Thank you so much!
I love Quilting and i am amaazed at the talent out there. Your quilt took my breath away. Just simply gorgeous. Well done.
Thank you so much Lynda! You are too sweet!
I was wondering if I could try to recreate it myself? Only a smaller size for a wall hanging. Would you mind, is there a pattern?
Hi Joy! Absolutely there is a pattern you can purchase and download! 🙂 Here is the link:
Thank you! Happy Quilting!
So how about selling the pattern? Would you consider that? I am Just intrigued to try it myself. Thanks and your work is beyond gorgeous!!!
Hi Karen! Absolutely! Here is a link to the downloadable pattern you can purchase. 🙂
Hi Karlee. I love this design of Shimmering Symphony. I’ve been trying to find the perfect accent wall for my Marcus Glenn art and I think your work would be fabulous! I’m not looking for a quilt, but more of a light weight wall mural. Is this something you can provide? Take a look at Marcus’ work. Maybe you’ll be inspired to create a piece for me. Happy New Year!
Hi Bonnie! Marcus Glenn does amazing work! I can relate to him for sure! I would definitely suggest the Wall Tapestry reproduction of the Shimmering Symphony quilt. It is nice and light weight and would hang on the wall nicely. You can purchase one in a few different sizes by going to this link:
This is an amazing piece of art!! If I ever did anything so magnificent, I would not be able to put a price on it…i.e. priceless! Thank you for give us a peek at this beauty.
Thank you Linda! And yes, I still have a really hard time thinking of a definitive number for quilt! Easier to just keep it! 🙂
Totally gorgeous work! Well torts whatever you charge ! It’s ax work of art!
Thank you so much! 🙂 I appreciate that.
Love love love the design. How much is the original design blanket?
Hi Joan, you can order the blanket in 3 different sizes, by going to this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
My Mom used to quilt and she NEVER charged enough for the work she did. I know you can put a monetary price on how much the quilt cost, but it could never equal the cost to you in time and effort, thought and feeling ! The richest person on earth could not buy that !!
It’s true, it is so hard to put a price on your effort and especially when emotions for the work get involved. haha. But also, at the end of the day, I just have to remember that it is just a quilt, and there is more to life than trying to make money off of every item. It is about enjoying where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing. I just remind myself that I am so lucky to be able to do what I love for a living.
How much does the shimmering symphony fleece throw blanket cost?
Hi Shara! There are a few different size options. You can see the prices and order a blanket from this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
Your quilt –and options–are truly magnificent! Thank you for all your hard work. I am a quilter too but I no way have the imagination that you have. I can attest that your hours and hours of labor and the $ cost involved are remarkable. It takes long hours to make a masterpiece like this. Thank you for sharing your creation with us!
Karlee, Happy New Year! I have several people asking me to make them you Shimmering Symphony throw. Where can I get it to put on my longarm and start stitching it? I would like to get two of them…one for me and one for a customer.
Hi Zale! Thank you so much! You can order the tapestries, which quilt out super beautifully here: http://www.karleeporter.com/product-category/finished-products/wall-tapestries/
Send me pics when you finish them! I would love to see how you quilt them! 🙂
I would love to purchase a king sized original pattern blanket. Please let me know the cost and shipping to Canada. Thank you
Great choice! I have one of my own and it is the softest fleece blanket ever! You can order one at this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
Do you sell the pattern for“Shimmering Symphony – Original” Wall Tapestry, It’s beautiful. I would love to purchase the pattern.
Hi Debbie! I sure do! You can find it here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
My daughter loves this tapestry. My mother quilts her grandchildren a blanket for them when they graduate from high school. My daughter loves her music and plays the piano, violin and guitar. We wanted to know if you sold this as a panel so that my mother could make a quilt out of it as a graduation gift for my daughter.
Hi Susan! Can I recommend to you the tapestry? It is super soft and works sooooooo great as a quilt top panel for quilting. You can order one using this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
I just finished a quilt for my own bed using the “Explosion” tapestry and it is so lush and soft! I think it will be perfect! Sidenote: With my quilt, I used 2 layers of batting and then a soft silky type backing, and it worked out so great! Let me know if I can help you with anything else. 🙂
Karlee, I cannot afford the original but was wondering what a finished Tapestry that I could have frames to hang on wall exactly like the original quilt (same colors)?
Please give me cost and when would I pay and when would I receive?
I know an elderly lady who does awesome work. Would you sell the pattern?
Hi Betty! You are so kind! You can find the tapestry prices by going to this link: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-wall-tapestry-2/
And you can find the pattern to quilt it here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
Thank you a ton for the support!
$3,800.00 is actually very little, in my opinion, for a work such as the Shimmering Symphony. You haven’t mentioned all the hours spent LEARNING to quilt, thinking and imagining and making mistakes and the endless hours learning how to make an image you have in your head -or even solved on your sketchbook- actually come alive in one large piece of artwork – the final quilt.
As a fellow artist (who also calculates a bit the way you do, and has also set the actual working hours at $20.00 an hour -otherwise who would ever buy? but, who is absolutely convinced certain pieces are worth far more), I can tell you that if I had the money, (if I were paid for my drawings and paintings…) I would be more than happy to buy Shimmering Symphony for twice the amount that you state.
Congratulations on superb work, fellow artist.
Thank you Rafaëlle! That is so sweet to say all those things. I totally agree… I left out that part because it is just so hard to put a number onto that type of work. Thanks again for such nice words! As an artist, the validation means a lot.
I am not a quilter but I don’t have to be to appreciate the beauty of this piece. My breath was quit literally taken away when I first saw it. I absolutely love this quilt and would love to see in person. You are truly blessed with talent and love for your craft. Thank you for sharing it with everyone.
Thank you so so so much for all your kind words! It means so much to me!
Interested in the following:
Shimmering Symphony Fleece Throw Blanket. and Shimmering Symphony Tapestry. Please send price quotes and shipping cost to zip code 44706. Thanks Shelly
Hi Shelly! You can see the prices of the throw blanket here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-fleece-blanket/
and the price of the tapestry here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-wall-tapestry-2/
Once you go to checkout, it will automatically populate a flat rate shipping price 🙂
Thank you so much!
I’m interested in option 4 original design for queen size comforter.
Here is the link to that option. 🙂
Karlee,anyone who has ever put a needle to fabric can appreciate the love and labor into a piece this important. A music lovers masterpiece. I believe your price is very appropriate for the materials and time put into this beauty.I would suggest to anyone balking at your price to check out other quilt prices and compare the amount of work involved in its’ construction to yours. Lovely piece!!!
Thank you so much Sharon! Those are such kind words and it means a lot to hear them! It is easy to often get discouraged and devalue yourself when other people around you devalue you. But, you’re right. At the end of the day, you just have to stick to your guns and do what feels right!
The cost for one Duvet cover,
queenmulti-color and one Tapestry?
I want to know if there is a pattern to make this?
Yep! you can find it here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
Do you have a pattern for those of us that want to make this quilt?
I sure do! You can find it here:http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
Your original Shimmering Symphony recently appeared on Facebook. I was in total awe of this piece of art. I am a quilter and would love to have the vision and creativity you have. Needless to say, I shared the FBpicture with my friends, several are both quilters and musicians or singers. They shared my enthusiasm. Congratulations on such a formidable challenge. While I am not in a position to purchase one of your options of this art, I remain awestruck by your talent. Congratulations!
So I still didn’t see a price for the copy quilts. Can I find them somewhere? Absolutely beautiful.
Hi Cindy! If you click the image, it will take you to the product pages with the listed prices. 🙂
Hello Karlee. I have been looking for something new to challenge my quilting skills, and when I saw this it blew me away! I purchased the pattern, but was wondering if you could answer a few questions to help me get started. First, what do you use to stabilize the fabric? What fabric did you use? Did you layer the quilt before adding the pattern in thread? Are the black piano keys appliqué or all thread? I live in “Sparrow Studioz” country (Edmonton Alberta) and kicking myself now for not signing up for your classes! I’ll pay Matt and Bradie a visit to purchase the threads. I LOVE this quilt! We have some very talented musicians in the family. This quilt is perfect and has me excited to use my fledgling thread play skills. I hope this is not too many dumb questions…. thanks so much.
No worries. I would be happy to answer those questions for you. To stabilize the fabric, I used 2 layers of 80/20 cotton poly batting. I used a solid kona cotton cream fabric on front and kona cotton dark red on the back. Everything on the quilt is from thread- including the piano keys. No applique was used, so technically this is a wholecloth quilt pattern.
Thanks Karlee. This is exactly the information I need to get started. Off to buy some supplies now.
Thanks for getting back to me, the original truly is beautiful and I know my Mary will love it. Does the #2 tapestry closely match the original and what sizes will be available? Thanks, Craig
Hi Craig! Yep it is a hi-res photo that is then printed onto the fleece, so it looks awesome! Check out this link to see the sizes and prices: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-original-wall-tapestry-2/
,, I love the original quilt,at first glance it reminded me of my sister(she plays the piano),and I would be very interested in all of your options, my sisters color scheme is the Reds. I would love to give her one of the options for her birthday/Christmas. Will you send me the information on the options? And I agree, the original quilt is priceless, oh to have your talent, one would be so blessed.
Thank you so very much,
Hi Lydia! You are so sweet! Thank you so much! You can see the options for each color when you click on the product page. Here is a link for the red fleece blanket: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/finished-products/shimmering-symphony-red-fleece-blanket/ So all you need to do is choose the product and color that you like, and then when you are on the product page there is a drop down menu where you specify what size you would like. 🙂
Karlee, every time I look at this Shimmering Symphony I get goose bumps and smile ! It is an amazing piece of art!!! I am extremely interested in Option # 2 THANK you so very much for sharing your amazing talent with the world. I was wondering how the crystals were attached?? I would not be able to afford the real crystal. again THANKS!!!
Hi Kevin! You are so sweet! So, the crystals are called “hot-fix” crystals and the way they are attached is by glue. They come with a dried glue already applied to the back of them, and then you have this little heat iron, it looks a lot like a solder iron. You press it down on the top of the crystal and it gets hot enough to melt the glue underneath, and the glue seeps into the fabric and holds the crystal on. There are also sew-on versions of crystals, but I don’t have the time or patience or know-how for that! 😛
love your work. please do not be offended if i tell you i cannot use the colors you have chosen. but would you consider making the throws in gray, black and orange (cantalope) or cream, aqua and caramel?
I am not offended at all! I am happy to! Do you have exact color swatches you can send my way? Or even a link to a pinterest pin color swatch would be very very helpful. 🙂 If you want to email me directly with any links or color options, you can send it to email@example.com
Your quilt is so beautiful and creative! I would love to know how you take something like this and make it into blankets, etc. I also love to quilt, and I hope one day I’m as talented and creative as you are!
Thanks very much!
Hi Nancy! You are so sweet! I work with a third party company that makes the fleece blankets for me. 🙂 AND OH MY GOODNESS!!! THEY ARE SOOOOO SOFT!
Hi Karlee…your work is very inspiring. Personally what I was looking for was a pattern. Any ideas on that?
Yep! you can find a pattern for it here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
How about Option 5: an online class on how to quilt this!!! That’s a class I would definitely join up for 🙂 I have loved this since I first saw it years ago and have had a photo of this quilt saved in my iPad since 2013, but I was just starting to quilt back then. Still not a master FMQ by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I’m ready to tackle something like this,,,,,especially with expert (that being YOU!) advice!!!
Thanks for the request! I will definitely look into that idea more and see how I can make it work 😉
How about the fourth option of buying the pattern or a kit to make one on our own?
Thanks!! I love your work!
Hi Cindy! You can find a pattern for sale here: http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/
Karlee, You have come up with some fabulous options. But I did want to comment on the price you determined for your original.. that would be $4170 with labor and materials. I think that is too low! did you allow for your design time? and not many people in the world could match your artistry and style.. that is worth a premium too.
$20/hr is what many quilters aim for, myself included. But its not really fair. skilled labor in other fields make a LOT more. A plumbers and electricians make $60 to over $100/hr.
Recently I had work done on the furnace at my house. The person asked if I would trade instead of pay cash. He was here for less than 3 hours and parts of around $100 for a total of $500…. so I am supposed to make a quilt that will take me a min of 40-60 hours to make to pay for his 3 hours of labor… Not fair at all. … then he said he would like one like some of my picture quilts! I explained that those are appraised for $5000. : )
Thank you so much for all the kind words! I agree, I feel that $20 an hour is EXTREMELY conservative. It is sad that sometimes people can’t see the value in artistic work, but we just have to keep doing our best to educate people. 🙂
You are an awesome artist Karlee in addition to being a great quilter. $20.00 per hour is FAR too low. Your quilt is now famous. If you are ever in Spokane WA I would LOVE to see it in person. You could probably sell that quilt for 100 grand or more. I am glad you are keeping it for yourself though, and you should be proud of it! 🙂
Awe! Thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to say. And I have to admit I really agree with you! $20 is the BARE minimum I think an artist should be valued at. Unfortunately, its difficult to keep the public educated on the perspective of what actually goes into a quilt. You are so sweet to say 100 grand! I don’t know if I’m quite there yet, hahaha, but your kind words mean more to me than any money! I am really proud of it. I think maybe it’ll end up being a great story to pass onto my children.
I sent a message to you earlier. After reading some of your blog, I tend to agree with your friend. The original is worth no less than $100,000. It is a famous artwork. The cost to make it doesn’t matter. It is AWARD WINNING! It is FAMOUS! It is a CAREER MAKER for you. There are people out there who will pay that much and you shouldn’t put yourself down. Don’t put yourself as low as the little art dealers who only do it for fun and hope to make a little along the way. This artwork is absolutely beautiful!!! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it of Facebook. There are musicians out there that make $millions per year (I know some of them) and one of them will gladly give you $100k for it. You might have to pay a broker or an auctioneer fee, but you can get it. Then when you have that much $money, you can make another one — not the same, but another one about music. I hope to see your name in the lights of fame some day soon.
Wow! Yancey! Thank you so much! It means so much to me to read your words and value of my work. Honestly, I would be willing to part with it if the price is right. If you really do know some musicians that would like to purchase this piece and pay what its worth, you are more than welcome to give them my information. I am always willing to entertain offers. 🙂