by Sandra | April 18th, 2011
I always feel a sense of accomplishment when a piece is finished. I really want to get back to stitching on Jason’s Pumpkin quilt and this was one project in the way of doing that. Another task crossed off my list!
The quilting really turned out nicely in the end. I am using the quilting of Lapis & Lemons as one of the examples in the article I am writing for Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine (possibly July issue). The quilting with this piece is more about TEXTURE, than filling every little area with a thready design. You could say I have definite opinions on over quilting an applique quilt!
I know it sounds silly, but I always hesitate to start the quilting process on a piece I really like. Not because I am scared, but because I think the applique is so pretty as is and I do not want to “ruin” it. Once I start quilting though, I quickly realize (again) how much more beautiful the piece is with the quilting. I think of it as seeing it take its first breath of life. It seems to literally come to life and that tactile appeal that blooms is amazing.
The part of the quilting I like the best is when all the surrounding background quilting is done and I move on to the “stitch in the ditch” around the applique within the applique i.e., the bouquet pieces. This is where the quilt becomes dimensional and the flowers look as though you could reach out and pick one from the bouquet.
So Lapis & Lemons is complete, the countdown is on to Asilomar (closing in quickly) and I am anxious to share this project with my students.