Oct 17 13

What's on the Machine Bed



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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One Comment

  1. Leslie McNeil Says:

    ahh patsy! beautiful. and i have those little stencils on my wishlist! always… thanks to you for my love of feather quilting! you’re the BEST. xo