Once I start quilting a quilt, I like to leave my machine set up for it, so other projects go on hold. Unfortunately these days the Singer 301, used mainly for piecing (also excels at bagmaking with the direct-drive motor) is under my work laptop, so it has been sleeping, but some diligent effort brought this applique quilt over the finish line.
My sister gave me this quilt top to finish for my niece. It had been pieced by a friend who ran out of patience before finishing.
I stitched in the ditch around the white panels, then quilted feathers in each corner of the outer border, and filled in between with other motifs. The vertical green sashing was next, using a variety of quilting designs from the Angela Walter’s free motion quilting challenge for inspiration. Finally, the tulip panels received white stipple, veining on the leaves, and outlining of the tulip flowers. I used several thread colours for that.
The batting was a bamboo blend from Fabricland, and after washing it finishes at 72 x 86 inches. I prewashed the batting to reduce shrinkage which was a pain in the neck. So the finished quilt is nicely crinkly without losing too much of the quilting detail.
Linking up to TGIFF with Rebecca at Rebecca Grace Quilting. Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!