As promised – here are the quilting designs I used for the quilt. Here are the before and after of the complete top –
The finished picture was taken at a bit of an angle – the quilt really is straight!
The water meander really makes the turtles look like they are marching across the quilt. I’m glad I did the swirls in the snails trail blocks as it gives great movement to the quilting. I used a small multi-use template for the curves but made each once different because so are ocean waves!
I tried to match up the water meander to the waves, not always successfully 🙂
The water meander as a background fill really makes the legs, tail and head pop away from the quilt casting shadows and giving even more dimension to the quilt.
Each turtle was quilted based on the fabric. The mottled fabric was quilted in a turtle shell type of design, the small circle fabric had pebbles and so on.
The border was done much the same way as a feather border would be only I made seaweed instead. I used chalk and marked the ‘corner blocks’ of the border to start. I didn’t use the blocks themselves to divide up the length of border as they were too small, I simply chose a size pleasing to the eye. The border width is then divided into thirds. The wavy stem for the seaweed is chalked in the middle section. Sounds pretty confusing – I think I’ll do a tutorial on how to mark this type of border! The seaweed is very simple, just spaced ‘flames’ for the leaves with the odd little tendril placed to even out the leaves and get them pointed in the right direction again.
I like how this quilt has turned out, hopefully, so will my customer!