I absolutely loved quilting this quilt. The background gave me a lot of area to play with the quilting and the sashing strips were the ideal width for quilting different designs.
So…what was I thinking when I was quilting it?
I had a lot of fun picking out the designs for this quilt! First of all, Corey let me have full control over the quilting. So I chose several different designs. In the white background fabric, I quilted a leafy/swirl design. (I think that I need to get better about naming the designs!).
In the sashing pieces, I alternated between three designs; a swirl, a wishbone and a figure 8 type design. The reason I did this isn’t as profound as you might think…….I know myself and I know that I need to have a lot of variety in the quilting to keep me from getting too bored! I picked those particular designs because they just sounded like fun at that moment.
Within the appliqued blocks is where I really had fun with the quilting. To help set them apart from the rest of the quilt, I quilted pebbles around the applique. The denser quilting helped the leaves pop out just a bit. I left the appliqued pieces unquilted, which is something I don’t always do.
I am definitely not against quilting on appliqued designs, especially if they are large and could benefit from added details. But since these pieces were small and attached well, I knew that leaving them unquilted would look the best.
My absolute favorite part of this quilt is the stem that I added to the leaves. I decided to do it because I thought it was a fun detail to add and the fact that you only really see it on the back, makes it that much better!
Corey had marked the middle of the block to help her place the leaves on the quilt, so I just used that line as my quide. I quilted a line a 1/4” on each side of her marked line. It’s such a little thing but it amused me to do it….so why not?!
What are you thinking?
So what do you think? Would you have picked different quilting designs? I would love to hear you comment with your ideas.