Shimmering Symphony – Get it now!


Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a little while
since I have blogged.

If you follow my Facebook
or Instagram,
you’ll notice that something that has been
extremely prevalent in my life lately
is the circulation of a photo of my quilt titled
Shimmering Symphony

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.

So,
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)

BUT!
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.

SO!

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.

Option 1:
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 isΒ 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-

Or,
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.)

Option 2:
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 wallΒ 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.

Option 3:
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
www.KarleePorter.com
and then have it quilted and bound.
If option 3 is right for you, contact meΒ and
we can work out the details.

Option 4:
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.

Anyway,
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!

-Karlee


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226 thoughts on “Shimmering Symphony – Get it now!

  • Janette Barr

    Is it possible to get a downloadable pattern for this quilt as I have a niece that is a vocal coach and musician

  • Lorraine Zito

    Hi Karlee,
    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?

  • Nancy

    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

    • Karlee Porter Post author

      Hi Sue,

      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?

      -Karlee

  • Pauline Huntoon

    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??

    • Karlee Porter Post author

      Hi Pauline!

      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! πŸ™‚

      -Karlee

  • Andrew Le

    Hi Karlee! Came across your “Shimmering Symphony” design through the Piano Guys’ facebook! You’re about to get a lot more busier πŸ˜€

    Love your work, passion and thought you’ve put into this. Looking forward to supporting you in the near future!

  • Christine Murray

    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.

    • Karlee Porter Post author

      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

      -Karlee

  • Melody Nanzer

    Hi !! Been dying to get this design for over a year! I am interested in option 2 or 3! How do I order??
    thanks
    melody

    • Karlee Porter Post author

      Hi Melody!

      If you click on the image of the option you are interested in, it will take you to the product page. πŸ™‚

      -Karlee

  • Marlene Hoffman

    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!

    • Karlee Post author

      Wow Marlene!

      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!

      -Karlee

  • Wendy Hawes

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Wendy!

      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. πŸ™‚

      As always, if you have any other questions, just let me know!

      -Karlee

  • Ken Emery

    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 kbemer@gmail.com

  • Karen Bigelow

    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 (kdshonda@aol.com)

  • Diane Dobbins

    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!!

    • Karlee Post author

      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. πŸ™‚ But if you wanted to be adventurous and try something wacky like silk or something, more power to ya! πŸ™‚

      Let me know how it goes and if you have any other questions. I am here for you!

      -Karlee

  • Sally Jackson

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Sally.

      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.

      -Karlee

  • Marlette Louisin

    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!
    Marlette

    • Karlee Post author

      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!

      -Karlee

  • Christa Stegemann

    Hi Karlee,
    I absolutely love your Shimmering Symphony quilt. I too am a quilter and a musician but am exactly 50 years older than you. πŸ™‚ Keep up this marvelous work. I am soooo inspired to continue designing my own quilts. All the best to you from Vancouver Island, Canada.
    Christa

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Christa!
      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. πŸ™‚ You are awesome, and keep up the good work.
      -Karlee

  • Julia Carter

    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! πŸ™‚

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Julia!
      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!

  • Maartje Quilt

    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!!

    • Karlee Post author

      Awe! you’re so sweet! Now the struggle is trying to come up with a new quilt design that can top this one!

  • Lois Nordling

    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?
    Thanks.

  • Linda

    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

  • Pauline Carmody

    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!

  • Jan Schoen

    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?

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Jan!

      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. πŸ™‚

      I hope you’ll pick something up! πŸ™‚

      -Karlee

  • rosemarie wilson

    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

  • Mischelle

    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!

    • Karlee Post author

      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! πŸ™‚

      If you haven’t already purchased the pattern, you can get it at this link:
      http://www.karleeporter.com/shop/quilting-supplies/shimmering-symphony-pattern-pdf/

      Happy Quilting!
      -Kar

  • Dianne Watts

    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!

    • Karlee Post author

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Dianne! I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. πŸ™‚

  • Jean Branch

    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.

  • Candilee Jackson

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      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.

  • Agnes

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      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 info@karleeporter.com and we can work out the details. πŸ™‚

  • Margie Pilling

    Dear Karlee,
    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

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Margie!
      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!

      -Karlee

  • Teresa

    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.
    God Bless.

    • Karlee Post author

      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!

  • Hank Zauderer

    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?

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Hank,

      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.

  • Valerie Norris

    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.!

  • Karen Poulsen

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      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 πŸ™

  • Wanda Farmer

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      Thank you so much for all the kind words! That is so sweet of you to say! πŸ™‚ I really appreciate the encouragement and comments like this just make what I do everyday worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Pixie Swearengin

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      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!

    • Karlee Post author

      I have not. Unfortunately that isn’t something I plan to do in the immediate future. :/ sorry!

    • Karlee Post author

      Thank you so much! I am just very blessed and I try to do my best to pass it on and pay it forward πŸ™‚

  • Richard

    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!

    • Karlee Post author

      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 πŸ˜‰
      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!! πŸ˜›

  • Ina

    if I had the $$, I would give you 5K for it. It is a stunning quilt. Ialso understand how much it means to you. I wanted for my daughter, now 42 who in th last 5 years has had 2 deep lazier knife brain surgeries and is cancer free of the tumor still with only a mild speech problem. It was caught in time and best surgeon in this area. She is a huge music person and signs her first name Stephanie and signs it with the treble clef instead of the S. Is it my understanding that all the other options you list are for sale? What are the $$?

    • Karlee Post author

      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. πŸ™‚

  • Cathleen Procida

    Am a quilter myself and would like to know if I can make one to sell after purchasing the pattern?

    • Karlee Post author

      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.

  • Mary

    As a quilter and musician, this quilt blew me away! I ordered the downloadable pattern yesterday. When might I expect to receive it?

    • Karlee Post author

      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.

  • Lori Rose

    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!

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Lori!
      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! πŸ™‚

  • Janet

    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. πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

    • Karlee Post author

      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 πŸ˜›
      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!

  • Susan

    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?
    Susan

    • Karlee Post author

      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.

  • Kate

    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! \

  • Lynda Calloway

    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.

  • Jennifer collins

    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?

  • Cheryl Burnham

    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.

  • Gerhard A. Fuerst

    Thanks, Karlee, for you kind and detailed response.
    You are providing fascinating alternatives and options to consider… πŸ™‚
    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.
    Gerhard

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Diane!
      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. πŸ™‚

        • Karlee Post author

          Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! Unfortunately at this time there are not any coupon codes for the tapestry. Sorry πŸ™

    • Karlee Post author

      Awe! Thanks Teri! So are you!!! I just stalked your IG. I love what you’re doing! I can’t wait to see more! πŸ™‚

  • Angel Hudson

    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.

  • Pauline

    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.
    Pauline

  • Cats Whitcher

    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…

    • Karlee Post author

      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? πŸ™‚ 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.

  • Lisa Power

    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?
    Thanks.

  • Marge

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      Thanks Terry! I just love sharing the passion that Heavenly Father blessed me with! Thank you so much!

  • lynda o'dwyer

    I love Quilting and i am amaazed at the talent out there. Your quilt took my breath away. Just simply gorgeous. Well done.

  • Joy Wright

    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?

  • Karen Olsen

    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!!!

  • Bonnie Hoenigmann

    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!

  • Linda S. Mason

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      Thank you Linda! And yes, I still have a really hard time thinking of a definitive number for quilt! Easier to just keep it! πŸ™‚

  • Patricia M. Stevens

    Totally gorgeous work! Well torts whatever you charge ! It’s ax work of art!

    Cheers !

    Patricia Stevens

  • Cathie

    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 !!

    • Karlee Post author

      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.

  • Gail Knight

    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!

  • Zale Nagler

    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.

    Thank you,

    Zale Nagler
    AQuilter’s Dream
    EUGENE, Oregon

  • Janet Holowka

    I would love to purchase a king sized original pattern blanket. Please let me know the cost and shipping to Canada. Thank you

  • Debbie Kiarsis

    Do you sell the pattern forβ€œShimmering Symphony – Original” Wall Tapestry, It’s beautiful. I would love to purchase the pattern.

  • Susan

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      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. πŸ™‚

      -Karlee

  • Betty Gallagher

    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?

    Thank You

    Betty Gallagher

  • RafaΓ«lle Roy

    $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.

    • Karlee Post author

      Thank you RafaΓ«lle! 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.
      -Karlee

  • Layne Cook

    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.

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Layne,
      Thank you so so so much for all your kind words! It means so much to me!
      -Karlee

  • Shelly

    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

  • Sharon Taylor

    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!!!

    • Karlee Post author

      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!

  • Carolyn

    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!

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Cindy! If you click the image, it will take you to the product pages with the listed prices. πŸ™‚

  • Nora Clark

    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 appliquΓ© 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.
    Nora.

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Nora!

      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.

      • Nora Clark

        Thanks Karlee. This is exactly the information I need to get started. Off to buy some supplies now.
        Nora.

  • Craig Broadstone

    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

  • Lydia

    ,, 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,
    Lydia

  • Kevin M. Bailey

    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!!!

    • Karlee Post author

      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! πŸ˜›

  • phyllis kramer

    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?

    • Karlee Post author

      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. πŸ™‚ If you want to email me directly with any links or color options, you can send it to info@karleeporter.com

  • Nancy

    Hi Karlee,

    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!

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Nancy! You are so sweet! I work with a third party company that makes the fleece blankets for me. πŸ™‚ AND OH MY GOODNESS!!! THEY ARE SOOOOO SOFT!

  • Doreen Hammond

    Hi Karlee…your work is very inspiring. Personally what I was looking for was a pattern. Any ideas on that?

  • Joanne Davenport

    How about Option 5: an online class on how to quilt this!!! That’s a class I would definitely join up for πŸ™‚ 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!!!

    • Karlee Post author

      Thanks for the request! I will definitely look into that idea more and see how I can make it work πŸ˜‰

  • Cindy Malmin

    How about the fourth option of buying the pattern or a kit to make one on our own?

    Thanks!! I love your work!

    Cindy

  • Gail Segreto

    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. : )

    • Karlee Post author

      Hi Gail!
      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. πŸ™‚

      • Gwyn

        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! πŸ™‚

        • Karlee Post author

          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.

          • Yancey Sexton

            Dear Karlee,
            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.
            Yancey

          • Karlee Post author

            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. πŸ™‚