A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I’m showing some quilt finishes that I failed to show last month. I was so far behind due to illness and other life happenings that I stayed off the computer as much as possible. When I get on the internet I fool myself into believing I’ll just check one or two things or write a quick post but before I know it hours have passed by. Not being tempted by the internet also meant I wasn’t showing the quilt finishes. So now I’m catching up by showing the work that kept me so busy with the Christmas rush. This is a king sized blue cross stitch whole cloth quilt.
The lines were marked for quilting but they are very far apart. The owner and I both agreed the quilt needed more quilting than indicated. So I drew some guidelines to freehand extra quilting in some areas. Here you can see the flipped circles used to create a feather design around the outside. It would be the border area of a pieced quilt. You can tell the difference in my marking pen and the blue preprinted lines.
The corners had no quilting guidelines at all so I did a free hand leaf and curl design.
Above the corner in the next empty spot I did a ribbon design next to a large feather design.
Here I did feather and curl design along and beside the center hearts section.
Here you can see some of the center area. In this area I outline stitched all the cross stitched design. I echoed in a few small areas because I thought it needed something extra.
Here you can see I added extra grid lines in the area already marked as a grid. I didn’t change the grids, just added more lines. You can also see the feather design already printed. I added more lines to what was already there.
Here is a look at the back of the flipped circle feathers.
I believe I added just enough quilting to enhance the original design and not overwhelm it with my own creativity. As a machine quilter it’s not my work that should be the focus of a quilt unless I’m requested to do so. I hope that makes sense. Hmm….. My work should be the salt added after the food is cooked. It is just enough to spark up the original flavor. Yeah, that’s it. The top is the food, my quilting is the salt.