The tricky part was figuring out how to fill the piecing with lines that appeared to be continuous, without going crazy with starts and stops! The logistics of working on a frame needed to be addressed.
|Filling long, diagonal sections with wavy lines is a challenge on a longarm!|
Doodling in my notebook helped me figure out a plan. I needed to work in sections the size of my available stitch area. I worked out a continuous path so I could fill an entire "wave" without breaking my thread. I always started on the left, and worked my way up and to the right. Pivot points were my salvation. I could fill the section in front of me, roll the quilt, and then fill the next section, etc.
Below, the dark blue section around the moon has been filled.
|Working waves in sections|
I worked through the body of the quilt, section by section, changing thread colours as needed.
|Filling the waves|
A bit of "dot to dot" quilting filled the curvy border triangles, and triple wavy lines filled the piecing.
|Dot to dot quilting, wavy lines, and wishbones fill the outer borders.|
I really love how the quilting echoes the piecing without following it exactly. Soft, wavy, organic . . . and effective, I think. :-)
|Nice and wavy!|
The outer edge is finished with wishbones - they make me think of fish bones!
|"Bella Luna" - Lisa Moore, pattern designer|
Splashes fill the space around the whale tail. "Scribble stitching" (multiple passes with slight variations in accuracy) adds a sense of motion and energy. Even though the quilting is obvious up close, it is barely noticeable from a distance. (In this case, the quilting is meant to enhance the theme without taking over the show, so I'm happy about that!)
|Splashes fill in around the tail|
I used the same scribble stitching technique to render the man in the moon. I take no credit for the artwork - the face is a simplification of a favourite image of my client's (by Roy Henry Vickers). Up close, there is an interesting interaction between the print, and the quilting.
|Man in the Moon|
From a distance, the image all but disappears - the desired effect.
|Subtle moon face almost disappears from afar|
My client had some great ideas for this quilt, so I put on my listening ears and worked to bring her vision to life.
She trusted me to work out the details and add my own touches, which made our collaboration a true pleasure.
(Except for the night I awoke in terror, thinking I'd done the OPPOSITE of what she wanted! Silly brain...)
Splish, splash! Time for a drop of wine, perhaps?
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Until next time,
Try, Learn, & Grow!