My Quilting Adventure Week 36
Posted by KJCB on August 17, 2017
Next up on my quilting adventure is another "Sister Mary Original." This quilt top ended up on the frame because it's backing was already pieced (sometimes it doesn't take much to jump to the front of the line). It's a bright and beautiful mishmash of colors.
I spent a good deal of time trying to decide how best to tackle this quilt top. I looked at all the combinations made from the blocks and contemplated quilting designs that could maybe help tone down some of the color and bring out the underlying block structure. In the end, I decided to let the quilt be what it is and use an allover quilting design that wouldn't distract from the fabric colors or the block pattern.
I chose this flower pattern to use as my allover design on this quilt top. The "Flower Meander" by Angela Walters was my inspiration for this quilt design and she has a helpful YouTube video that explains how she quilts this pattern. I like this design because it allows you to fill in areas that you may have missed with "petals" without taking away from the whole design.
As you might imagine, the next quilting dilemna was what thread color to use. There are SO MANY fabric colors in this quilt top that there was no way I could match my thread to every fabric. I ended up choosing a light pink thread that blends nicely with the lighter colors and doesn't fight with the darker colors. You can see in the picture above that on some areas of the quilt you really have to look to see the quilting because the thread color is so light.
The downside to having a thread color that blends so well is that sometimes you lose track of where your last quilted flower was. As you can see from this photo on the backside, I overlapped a two flowers' petals because I lost track of how close I was to the last flower. (Paying closer attention as the quilter may have helped avoid this as well.) I challenge anyone to find this overlap on the front of the quilt though :)
I nice example of the finished quilt where you can tell that texture has been added by the quilting, but you can't really see the quilting design from this angle. That was my aim, to add dimension without distracting from the overall quilt.
Yay, a finished quilt top that doesn't go on the towering pile of quilts to bind! This one gets shipped off to Mary who can add it to her own pile of binding. This was my attempt at an "artsy" outdoor photo shoot since the sun was shining when I finished trimming the quilt. :)
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: We aren't really sure. Mary thinks she may have started with a pattern and then morphed into her own design from there. If you think you recognize the pattern, please let me know as I am happy to give credit to the designer!
Fabric: Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Warm and Natural
Thread: Isacord Polyester 40 wt Light Pink
Finished size: 68" x 72"
Quilt Top Tally: 36