This weekend, we celebrate Labor Day. Although it isn't "officially autumn", it is the start of transitioning into the season. I don't know about you, but I am beginning to think about bringing out my fall themed quilts. Here is one of them.
When I originally released my Come Said the Wind pattern, I used a pantograph to quilt the large wall hanging. With the batik background, the quilting pretty much disappears, so that was probably a good choice at the time.
However, I am now quilting a customer's Come Said the Wind wall hanging. She did beautify embroidery for the verse and has a monochromatic background. It really called for custom quilting. So how did I approach quilting it?
Step 1: Identify the custom quilting spaces.
Step 2: Identify the quilting theme. This one was easy. Maple leaves and loops. I decided to add the loops as I wanted something really easy to freehand around the embroidery. Since I do very little freehand these days, it needed to be super simple.
Step 3: Find or design a core motif.
Step 4: Create designs for each of the quilting spaces around the motif.
I really liked the idea of a point to point triangle design. This will allow me to quickly whip around those small setting triangles. I can see using this one in other quilts as well.
The border design is repeatable (notice that the starts and stops are on the same plane). This could also be used as a pantograph.
This one came from Line Dancing, a book by Diana Phillips. Is is really a variation of continuous curves.
I also decided on some basic arcs for the pieced leaves.
Step 5: Audition designs on a photo or drawing of the quilt. Since I have an Electric Quilt drawing of the quilt, I decided to use that. No need to square up photographs. :)
Step 6: Quilt it!
Here are some photos of Pat Cedar's finished quilt. For the leaves and the borders, I used a variegated thread in fall colors.
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