Job number one after basting is stitching closely around
the perimeter of the quilt, or stabilizing. I'm always surprised
at the resistance to this crucial step from students: "Why do
I need to do that?!" THIS is why. You can't quilt a ruffle.
In the printed fabrics, I quilted a ribbon candy design in the outer rings, an echoed pumpkin seed in the inner rings, and a simple flower in the centers and in between the prints, for continuity. Quilting the prints stabilized the quilt, and the echo quilting around the feathers nailed down what the ribbon candy did not.
The rewards of custom quilting are more than just monetary. When a happy client hugs me, I know the magic happened again.
The nearly finished quilt. Most of the background fabrics have the sheen of cotton sateen,
which makes the feathers leap out of the quilt. The quilting added a lot of movement.
|I quilted the prints in gray thread and the background with bright white polyesters, a thinner one for the echo quilting.|