First, I audition a few designs using clear plastic laid over the areas to be quilted. I sent a few photos to Marsha with design options ..... she chose these . . .
We also auditioned a few thread choices . . . I used a variety of Superior So Fine. I like So Fine for more dense quilting - it's a 50 wt polyester thread that looks like cotton. It suited this quilt perfectly.
So here, I go . . . starting at the top and working my way down to the bottom of the quilt. I stitched as close as possible to the appliqued elements with Invisifil thread. That makes them really stand out on the quilt. Then some echoing and filler .
. . Cross hatching and other design elements . . .
and the backing . . .
or was it???? There were a couple of areas in the quilt that I wasn't sure of - one was the large center squares in the star blocks, the other was the "jelly bean" centre of the appliqued flowers . . . I thought they needed a bit more quilting - and so did Marsha. So, back on Freeda she went!
Here are a couple of before and after pictures . . . I hope you can see the difference that little extra quitling made.
|before - I don't have an after close up, but you can see it needed something. I added a double cc.|
So there you have it! Marsha put this in the Cochrane Quilter's Guild show this fall . . .
More August quilting coming up soon from the Little House . . .