A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
I’m gonna call this one an issue quilt but it has absolutely nothing to do with the piecing of the top. The top is pieced really well. The first issue (though a minor one) is a pieced backing that has a center panel. The center panel having a seam all the way around it. Design wise this can be pleasing if someone wanted to display the quilt upside down on a bed once in awhile. I get quilts with solid color backing for that same reason. The reverse side is like a whole cloth quilt to display.
As a quilter I prefer to have seams running horizontal to the roller bars because a seam that is wrapped on the bar only once is not a problem. However, seams going vertical around the bar many times on top of itself creates a buildup of fabric in that one spot while the fabric around it stays loose and floppy. For lack of a better description. With a center panel there is always a buildup of two seams no matter which way its attached to the leaders.
The second issue is keeping the panel centered. Its hard to know its staying centered when we can’t see the backing as the quilt is advanced. Over the years I’ve learned a trick or two for keeping it centered. I do call them issue quilts but just for a description.
Anyway, this one turned out just fine with no tucks and the panel is pretty close to centered both ways. It may be off by half an inch. This is one side.
This is the other side. Sorry about the dark photos. We’ve had several days of clouds or rain which means a difficult time getting enough light.
I did a weaving feather along the outside border using two different thread colors. Both are close in value but enough difference to show the weaving effect. In the center of the feathers I did a meander to give definition to the feathers.
I did an echo around the feathers and piano key lines around that.
In the blocks I did some lines to form boxes then did a flower inside the smallest box.
Inside the sashing I did a flower, leaf, and curl design. I really like this design and use it often.
The design is longer around the outside and shorter inside the pieced area. The curls meet at the mid-point of the blocks. Compare the photo above and the photo below.
And, as I said, the pieced back is centered with no tucks in the backing. I folded it on the table so the sides of the panel would show in the photo.
Its now traveling its way back home. I hope you like it Theresa. It looks better in person.