A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
This is Ann’s quilt. It’s wool applique and it’s very well done.
I did a plain stitching design but it makes the flowers pop out at you. Sure it’s like trapunto but what I mean is that the flower design is the main focus when you look at the quilt. The quilting is secondary. I did a simple freehand crosshatching in the background using a small ruler. I did SID around the applique.
This is how the background looked before the crosshatching. What do you think? Does the stitching make the applique stand out?
I did a straight line design on the border. I’m not sure what to call it? The straight lines form a triangle. I first saw this design done on a quilt a couple of years ago. This is the first time I’ve had a chance to do it on one myself. I can’t remember where I first saw it.
I choose a feather vine design for the sashing going bottom to top. I drew it on paper to make it easier for you to see.
The side to side sashing got this design. The thread color is called Jean Gold. In person it shows a little but not in a photo. It would not show up for a photo of the back. It was just being stubborn.
I couldn’t do any stitching on top of the applique because of the thickness. The hopping foot on my quilting machine doesn’t go high enough. The quilt is now on it’s way home to South Carolina. I sure hope she likes it. If you want your quilt to be reversible (the stitching to show up nicely) use a plain backing. Use a pattern backing if you don’t want the stitching to show on the back.