Friday, September 28, 2007

Another quilt revealed

This quilt has spent a lot of time on the frame recently. It was pieced and appliqued by Barbara Wharton, from a design by Karen Kay Buckley called Midnight Floral Fantasy. Isn't it a stunning quilt. I was thrilled to be given the chance to quilt it. It has been a learning experience, I would never have guessed how long it takes to work such a simple pattern around all the applique. It's just as well I liked looking at it I guess.

It's strange spending that much time to try and not attract attention. In this quilt I really didn't want the quilting to say much. It has a job to do but it is very much a supporting role, not the star. Hopefully you can tell from the pictures the quilting doesn't stand out. We decided to make it a little more obvious in the pieced area, really it would have been hard not to with the mixture of black and colours here. We chose a thread that blends quite well with the colours and helps pull the back together with them. I am really pleased with the effect.

The quilting pattern is the same in all the areas, just the scale and the thread changes depending on what I was trying to achieve. Very close to the applique the quilting is very small curls getting bigger further from it up to the medium size swirls in the coloured area.

This quilt is about 97 inches square, so even in the quilt shop I couldn't quite get a picture of the whole thing. Had the weather been better I could have taken the photographs outside, but wouldn't you know it, it rained. Still I think the pictures do give you an idea of how striking this quilt is. From my point of view, the most important thing is that my customer is happy with the quilting, and she was. I hope she finds the quilt a good home.


Anonymous said...

Its a gorgeous quilt ! I'd find it a good home!


Vicki W said...

Congratulations! Your quilting is a wonderful compliment to the beautiful piecing and applique.

Feather on a Wire said...

What a great quilt and good quilting, totally the opposite of how I would have done it yet it works really well.
Well done both of you

Randi said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Ferret said...

I am sure the quilt will find a home, I just know that it hadn't been decided when I handed it back. I suspect a lot of people would be very pleased to have it.

Sally fancy telling us what you would have done fore the quilting, I love hearing other ideas for quilting.