Happy Friday, Friends! I hope you have had a good week. I want to thank you all for chiming in on quilting ideas for this image I had shown you earlier this week. I enjoyed reading creative quilting ideas.
A quick recap on the quilting area: it is rectangular, measuring 4.5″ (width) and 5.5″ (length) with a 1.5″ square in the middle. So, while 4.5″ x 5.5″ sounds rather large, the “white” area is really not that large after it’s being “intruded” by that square in the center.
[Before I begin showing you the options I considered -- please please note that I am learning with everyone else. I have expressed to many of your privately, and I will do so publicly... I do NOT (ever!) consider myself some kind of expert or diva. The quilting options I consider are always restricted by the fact that most of the time I only have about 5-6 hours to quilt a quilt due to magazine deadlines. So, what I end up quilting and what I would love to quilt on a quilt are often different! For that reason, I often feel like a "dollar store" free-motion quilter.]
With that in mind, here is option 1 – classic geometric with fillers giving the area the illusion of a separate pinwheel block in the background.
Option 2 – a fun free-motion echoing around the square with straight lines and circles.
Option 3 – dishes were used to mark the arcs for a floral motif, highlighted by McTavishing. [Hey! I have to somehow justify all those dishes I have are "essential" to quilting besides their intended purposes!]
Option 4 – geometrical lines are used to give the illusion of a paper-pieced block.
Option 5 – A free-handed floral motif radiating from the center of the square.
Now I will share with you how my little brain synapses processed those options.
#1: Quite a bit of marking, and the pebbles will take a bit of time to quilt
#2: No marking required (yay!), but since it is rectangular, it will be hard to make sure the echoes around the square to evenly fill the rectangular quilting area. The schematic showed that toward the top, there is a gap. Would be perfect for a square quilting area, but not rectangular.
#3. Love this, but the marking will require some time.
#4. Love, love, love this – how I wish I had six months to quilt this quilt, and not just 6 hours!
#5. Definitely a viable candidate as there is no marking involved, and the symmetry issue isn’t too much of a concern. But might not go with the general feel of the quilt. Unfortunately, I can’t show you the entire quilt for now. I will though, soon enough!
The suspense is over — this is what I ended up doing… a spineless feather wreath to fit the rectangular area. My first attempt at quilting rectangular feather wreaths turned out to be more than satisfactory in the visual effect department. [You can click here to read about how I free-hand my feather wreaths.] Quilting went really quick, and with minimal marking. I used a wine glass to draw a symmetrical boundary around the square so that I know where to start and end my feathers. That was the only marking I had to do. The feathers were all free-handed.
I hope this post gives you a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes where Ivory Spring quilts are concerned! So much of what I do at this point in my life is directly related to time management… and I do sometimes look forward to the day I can finally spend 6 months quilting a quilt! But until then, my world is constantly whirling at top speed.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you. I will see you again on Monday.
p.s. Can you believe we are at #40 for my Thread Talk posts?! WOW!! How time flies…