A recent customer quilt
I was contacted by a new quilter recently who had just finished her third quilt ever, and was looking for a custom quilting design to enhance the story she was telling. Hilary shared with me that this was a gift for her grandparents who were celebrating a big milestone anniversary, and was to reflect the house they lived in on the water, where many happy memories were centered.
Hilary had chosen colors that brought in the sun, sky, and water, and the back was a lovely series of nubby cross-woven linen blends that were pieced in strips to suggest the horizon on the water. My job was to figure out what to do!
The design plan
The center of the quilt seemed to radiate outwards, but my first thought was that it looked to me like birds exploding outward when they take flight. To create a strong central focal point, I used some straight line quilting to create large V-formations, like flying geese, but elongated:
Once the birds in flight were finished, I was able to go in and fill in the swirls and eddies with freemotion quilting. I wanted to show the feelings of currents and motion, even as I also want to maintain a serene feel in contrast with the sharp motion of the birds.
And when it was all finished, it looked lovely. It’s been bound and gifted now, so I can share!