I received a top from a customer who told me she had never had a quilt done professionally before. I was in the middle of an on-line custom quilting course and decided this would be a perfect top to work with. Fairly simply assembly – floral blocks with borders of green and red. The only stipulation she had was that she wanted flowers quilted in the 4 corners.
I decided to use the floral blocks as inspiration and made a hummingbird motif from a copy-right free site I found on-line. I used my printer to shrink it to the size I needed for the blocks. I ironed it onto freezer paper and then ironed on 2 more layers so the pattern would be quite stiff.
I would use these along with air/water soluble marking pens on the quilt top itself.
I spent a lot of time trying to find a floral motif to use in the corners (outlined in red in the picture). The floral blocks were too ‘dainty’ to use as motifs and I sketched a number of different ideas until I came upon the realization that I could already quilt pansies and I knew my customer liked pansies as well. I drew my own design for the corner motifs and then used the freezer paper to stiffen the pattern the same way as I did the humming birds.
I drew around the outside of the patterns and then just a few inner lines as a guideline while I was quilting.
This was the first time I had ever used my quilting as the focal point on the quilt. A little scary but I thoroughly enjoyed doing this top.
I just did a simple stippling around the motifs. Here’s a close-up of one of the humming birds; they were done in all the white setting triangles around the outside of the quilt. I did continues curves in the red, green and white borders. These were long strips of fabric but I divided and marked them as if they were made of smaller squares and quilted accordingly.
Here you can see one of the pansy baskets and the single pansy I put in the smaller corner setting triangles. The top had both white and off-white and I matched the thread through-out the quilt – So Fine! Snow for the white setting triangles and So Fine! Putty around the floral blocks.
My customer was going to use this as a tablecloth but once she saw it she decided to set aside an area in her home and used it as a wall-hanging complete with display table beneath and flowers.
I do enjoy all types of quilting but I must say that this really made me realize how much I love the creative aspect of custom work. Good thing I do as another customer saw this quilt and dropped off her quilt of the same pattern! Hmmm – this time I see butterflys…