in the Details...
Doing all over quilting patterns are great, especially when there is something soft on the back like Cuddle/minky. Adding details to each piece of a quilt, table runner, wall hanging, etc. is what I really love to do. Here are a few projects that I've quilted lately with lots of detail. I hope this post will inspire some of you to request more detail, which I believe can truly enhance all the work that you put into your projects. To see more ideas, please head on over to my Quilting It facebook fanpage.
- Julia -
This table topper was made by Julia Taylor.
Whenever I receive anything to quilt I like to spend time really thinking about each part. Different shapes within blocks that can add more texture or movement. This table topper is a great example of that. With the blocks being rectangular I knew there wasn't much I could do. I've seen this echoed four pointed star in squares on other quilts, so I thought I would give it a try here, and I love it! It adds movement and dimension. The unquilted red thin sashing, frame the stars and helps them pop!
I love how the natural light in the picture picks up each detail.
Its fun that something so simple can come alive with all the quilting details.
Adding more detail in each of the borders completes the quilting.
Each fabric in this runner has gold metallics, which makes it even more beautiful.
I used an 8020 batting and a cream perma core thread.
- Kim -
This gorgeous quilt was made by Kim Parkinson.
Last fall I quilted a quilt just like this for Penny, another one of my clients. After sharing pictures, there were several people who wanted to make one, too. This comes from a friendship strip exchange book by Edyta Sitar. So, Kim along with 18 other ladies, and I did the exchange. It works for any quilt in the book. Kim did an amazing job getting her quilt to lay flat, which isn't easy with all of those seams. She also let me try something different than what I quilted on some others.
I used a cream perma core thread, from A&E, and 8020 batting.
I quilted a vine around each star section, going counter clockwise. Which also adds motion to the star. To see the detail better click on the picture of the back of the quilt, 2 pictures below.
A featherlike motif in each of the cream triangle/diamonds.
The back of Kim's quilt. She chose a great fabric for the back. Neither of us were sure quite what it was, a low pile fuzzy fabric that reminded us of upholstery fabric from the 70's. A great choice, it made the quilting just POP! I love it when the back of the quilt is just as amazing as the front.
- Lynette -
This table topper/mini quilt was made by Lynette Hutchinson.
I've wanted to quilt something like this for soooo long, and I know the cost of quilting like this can really start to add up, so, its great to start with something small. I intended for the lines to help showcase the star, and to add depth and texture to the entire topper. I also wanted each part of the quilting to complement each other, and I think it does nicely.
One of my most favorite parts of this topper, is the up and down freehand lines that are behind each flying geese/triangle block. I then added the feathering in the flying geese and a motif in the corner blocks. I used 8020 batting and a white perma core thread.
Love angled pictures like these that show all the detail and texture. I hope to quilt more mini quilts soon!
- Rhonda -
This small wall hanging was made by Rhonda Ridge. I used 8020 batting and several different colors of perma core thread. oh, and this....was so fun to do! This was the first applique that Rhonda did, and she loved it! YAY!!
I really love how machine quilting continues to evolve and modern quilting is coming to the forefront. The details quilted here add great texture and variety to each part of the wall hanging.
I added some lines to the pot and leaves. This is also a great close up on the crackle background. I saw this crackle quilted on something several months ago, and have yet to find something perfect to quilt it on, until now. The pot fabric even has a crackle print, so meant to be. I was a little worried how difficult it was going to be to freehand the crackle, yes it is very different than pebbling or stippling in a background, the different the shape the better...those of you who quilt, you need to give it a try. It was so fun to do, and I look forward to trying again soon on something else.
I quilted a back and forth teardrop in each of the petals of the flower.
And finally a feather and swirl pattern in the borders. This is a great all over pattern I freehand on a lot of quilts, it really dresses up the style and look of a quilt, and it doesn't take much time.
This was also made by Rhonda.
I used a couple of different colors of perma core thread, and 8020 batting.
I love the effect that pebbling can have on a quilt, especially around appliques. The pebbles pop, and so do the stars, leaves and berries. The fabric colors that Rhonda chose and her attention to detail as she made her quilt, makes this just gorgeous!
I love these pictures with the light picking up the textures.
I did a simple back and forth line in the inside border, and the fun tear drop pattern in the outside border to finish it off.
- Tina -
This is one of the 5 quilts that Tina Larsen brought to me a couple of months ago. She didn't want a lot of detail on any of the others, except for this one and you can see why. Quilts like these can become a bit intimidating, having so many different parts to them. How to tie them together and still let each piece sing on its own.
I knew when I first saw it I wanted to pebble in the background. I've pebbled a lot, but never on a big quilt. I don't think anything would have complimented all of the other texture and details, like the pebbling does. I also knew right away that I wanted to feather the flowers going counter clockwise, I love the movement it creates.
These borders were a great addition! I have never quilted an outside border like this one, just inside blocks or in a background. I thought it would be a great way to frame the roosters.
These roosters were the hardest thing to decide on. I thought simple would be best, to not take away from all the work that Tina did. I love them!
Tina loved this quilt so much she wanted to wrap it around herself...instead she laid it on the floor and kept saying, "Oh, I love this part...oh, and this part too." And so on... Love when that happens.
Another look at those cute roosters!
Which quilt is your favorite?
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