I wanted to share some recent finishes, and talk about choices when picking quilting for your top.
For this quilt, I felt the block of colors in the middle were really beautiful. I chose to do something that blended more intense quilting with freehand edge-to-edge, which would help defray some of the overall cost, but still provide a nice “wow” overall. Along the top and bottom edges, I quilted two different and distinct borders using rulers and leaving some negative space to make that lovely wool puff up in the spaces a bit, and then filled in the interior with a variety of freemotion fills that I freehanded.
The second quilt is for my customer from Alaska, Terri, and it’s her original design. You’ve seen her quilt tops before, too! For this quilt, it had a minimal feel, and Terri wanted something simple and allover (or edge-to-edge)/ At first, I thought I wanted to do something that mimicked the triangles, which are variable and point in different directions, but then I decided to go with something that had a little curve and flow to it. It also kept it in a nice price range for Terri and simple for me, while still having a “custom” look that enhanced the quilt top. I’m only showing a “work in progress” photo, and will share the finished quilt once Terri has had a chance to see it in person!
I also wanted to stay true to the wonky nature of the triangles, so I spent some energy trying to keep the brackets from being evenly spaced and from the same shape over and over again (I didn’t want to have it start looking like a mattress pad!). I personally have found that sometimes too-regular on minimal quilts makes them less likely to keep your eye and mind engaged. A little irregularity and wonk–which is so appealing and interesting on quilt tops–has the same effect on minimal quilt tops.
Happy quilting, y’all, and thanks for looking!