Oct 17 13
This is the green version of the Floral Serenade Quilt. You may remember it from when I made a dark blue version: This green version was embroidered by Linda Hill, embroiderer extraordinaire, who is helping me make extra quilt samples for quilt shops. I love how this one came out. The background fabric “reads” as a solid, but it has some “painterly” qualities that make it more interesting. I am just finishing up outlining all the applique shapes with invisible thread (I use Monopoly by Superior Threads-I love this stuff!): The center section, where all 4 of the large blocks meet, is the largest “blank spot” on the quilt so this area needs something special: I didn’t want to quilt another feathered wreath in the center of this one, so I auditioned some stencils and found the Feather Adante block was a great fit: I traced the stencil using a soap sliver and then stitched out the design using a lavender rayon thread. Even though it’s stitched in a contrasting color, the design seemed kind of understated: I wanted to add some hyperquilting but didn’t want to overwhelm the quilt. Normally, I use gold rayon thread for a high contrast effect, but because the green background is close to a gold color, I figured that it would be an understated effect. Here’s what 1 quadrant of hyperquilting looked like: …and here’s what the whole design looks like once the hyperquilting has been added: I think it makes the design look more complex, but doesn’t look overly showy or celebratory. Here’s a little wider shot: I love how it came out! Can’t wait to quilt some more of this one!
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