After all the angst I dealt myself over my mystery quilt I received another one (same pattern) but in different colours! I must say that it is a beautiful pattern when the right colours are chosen. My client didn’t stop when the pattern did and instead added on a few extra borders and the result is amazing.
Isn’t it lovely? Of course – I still had set in my mind that quilting this top is difficult so I had to put my big quilter panties on and get creative.
My client wanted custom so I turned to the fabric for design ideas. The outer border is a lovely paisley and I used that for inspiration. She wanted to emphasize the chains of diamonds in the middle border as well as through-out the centre and the dark rust border was to be separate as well. It turned out I didn’t have near as many problems with this top as I did my own – goes to show how our personal feelings can get in the way of our quilting.
After stabilizing the top (outside edges and between the borders) I started working on the middle border with the diamond chain. I played around with the paisley print and picked out a few of the obvious shapes and came up with an over-all design I could use not only as a background fill but one that I could scale up and use as an all-over E2E design in the outer borders too. The client wanted the last 2 border to be treated as one so I had to come up with something and I figured that matching the two designs would be very interesting – if I could pull it off. I did like the end result but I
have to admit it took a fair bit of stopping and starting! Once I had the smaller scale down pat it took a bit to make the scale larger. I did go back and fill in some of the larger areas that seemed to need a bit of quilting.
The border was another issue. Feathers really wouldn’t work with this top. I probably spent more time designing the border design than anything else. I actually called my husband in for a second opinion and between the two of us we came up with a meandering viney type shaped thing that used one the of design shapes of the paisley. Not sure what to call it but it worked LOL.
I started the design in the corners and worked them into the centre at the top and the sides with the tendrils twining together. I had to chalk the entire thing as my brain would not keep straight what side of the tendril I was on!
Again I used a simple stipple background fill in some of the beige areas to let the diamond squares pop out. I should mention here that I used Dream Puff batting and it works and quilts up great – no problems what-so-ever.
Continuous curves in some of the squares and a repeat of one of the paisley designs in the large block centre and the beige triangle on the outside finished of the quilting. I have to say that I really liked the end results and really enjoyed quilting this top.
I think it is a good thing that this went so much better than my own – I learned to calm down and enjoy the quilting process instead of panicking about it. I had another mystery quilt (same pattern) dropped off for me to do as well! Only this one is darn near a queen size!!