In this case, my client requested that I secure the applique and give it some definition. She also mentioned that she loves feathers, which is very helpful information to have!
|Client quilt (the "BEFORE" shot!)|
I really liked the nature of the background piecing and wanted to highlight it without over-quilting. (Dense quilting here would equal dense quilting everywhere - not my intent with this one!)
It occurred to me that my StrataVarious Quilts book might offer quilting ideas, and it did! A directional, jagged zigzag would be perfect.
|Applique stitched, background zigzagged|
Once the center was done, there were still three large borders to fill.
The two inside borders needed something showy, whereas quilting in the outside border would virtually disappear.
|Border one, feathers head to the left|
Large, whimsical feathers begged to be stitched!
I thought they suited the scale and character of the applique, so - full speed ahead!
Somewhere along the way, I even decided to fill the second border with the same feathers!
|Border two, feathers head to the right|
Pointing the feathers in opposite directions added movement and interest, and kept them from running together into a visual blob.
|Client quilt in progress|
Inspiration struck for the final border about the time I finished the second round of feathers.
Leaves in the print made me think of the jagged stipple I'd recently done on one of my art pieces. I knew it would do the trick here, too! It relates back to the jagged stitching in the center of the quilt without drawing undue attention.
|Jagged stipple filled the final border|
Here is the Ta Dahhhh moment . . .
Fresh off the Frame!
|94" x 100" |
quilting by FreshofftheFrame.com
Imagine how beautiful this will look on a bed. It will be quite Spectacular!
|Quilting by FreshofftheFrame.com|
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