Mar 13 11
I’m going to be a real tease here and just show you some partial pictures of a quilt I just finished. Here’s a shot of that same corner block before it was hyperquilted:
Doesn’t it look much better after adding that gold thread? It’s times like this that I’m reminded of the power of thread! Here’s a shot of a different part of the quilt:
I tried to repeat the color of the appliques by using it to quilt the narrow border and I tried to repeat the color of the outer border by hyperquilting feathers in the center block in that same color. Whew…that was a mouthful! The above shot shows how the feathers take off, in a mirror image kind of pattern, in the center of that block. Here’s a closeup shot of the corner of the center block where the the feathers kiss:
All the drama in designs like these occurs where feathers take off and where feathers kiss. Here’s a shot a bit farther out where you can see some of the border applique:
When I have applique shapes that appear this delicate, I want to minimize thread work on them as it can appear heavy and “junkie.” Because of that, those appliques have inlining just inside their edge lines with Invisifil thread. It’s an ultralight 100 wt thread that’s really great for this application. (Bottom Line-60 wt- also works great here.) You have to really look closely to see that stitching, and that’s the goal! I’ll post full pictures of the quilt down the road. It’s going to be a pattern so I’ll wait until the pattern’s available.