A year or two ago I put this top together, mostly because I wanted to try the pattern I had seen in a Missouri Star tutorial. After finishing it, it seemed rather bland. There is a lot of background here, people. Husband thought it was ugly (this was pre borders, it was kind of bleah), so I put it in the closet. (The closet is pretty much time-out for quilts.)
After fiddling around more lately with free motion quilting (big open spaces) I decided to put borders on and see what happens. Just adding the borders made me love it! I had to piece the backing with two different fabrics, but it didn’t bother me much at all.
Friends, I had SO MUCH FUN quilting this! I started with the organic lines, mostly to get all those pesky pins out.
Don’t you love these fabrics though? I started with a charm pack of Tim Holtz’s Eclectic Elements and then a simple plain background.
So once I started quilting the free motion stuff, I knew I didn’t want to quilt over the “Eclectic ” squares. I wanted them to kind of pop. I decided to quilt through the long rows of empty space. I also chose to try to do a different design each time.
So I loved quilting this thing! The rows were just long enough to NOT get bored doing the designs. Look.
I did swirls in the first row, and they were fun to do. I couldn’t decide about putting that “hook” on the swirl, so it’s a little random. For the next row I attempted stippling. I hate stippling, I’ve gotten soooooo used to crossing over the lines, I just couldn’t get a good groove going. Next I did a simple tiny loop thing. It turned out okay, but I wasn’t real impressed with it. The top one (in the picture above) was my rendition of fire. Sideways fire. I know, but that’s how it looks.
Onto the next section:
After “sideways fire” I quilted cursive L’s, which used to be my go-to design. It looks awfully squiggly to me now. Then I thought since the space is limited, I’d try the one Angela Walters calls Ribbon Candy. I am not thrilled with it either but it filled the space pretty quickly. Next I did the Flower Meander, which has recently become my go-to free motion of choice. I had been using it lately without worrying about running out of space. And even though space was limited between the organic lines, it looks wonderful in there! Love it!
After the meandering flowers, I decided to try the Swirl Hook. Needless to say, it was quite challenging in such a linear space. Next, the dreaded Pebbles. I kind of “went outside the lines” a little, but with limited space, I think it’s a keeper.
I felt like it was time for something “straight” again, so I attempted to quilt some boxes….. Yes, moving on to leaves! These filled the space but just barely. I had used this design once before on a table topper that was quite small, but the fabrics were busy so it worked. In this plain, open space, well, it’s restful and I like it. Finally I was tired of thinking so I just did some echoed U’s. I don’t know what else to call it. This is the design I quilted all over my MIL’s birthday gift. It worked then, it works now.
So here it is!
It’s so crazy! I love it! I’m keeping it!
I quilted the flower meander in the top and bottom borders, mostly because I just love doing that design! Like I said, I had to piece the back, but I think it’s charming! Both fabrics are faves, so it works for me. I used the backing leftovers for binding, which is always fun because then there are fewer seams to deal with.
I had intended for this quilt to be for something else. Halfway through the quilting, I wondered if I could keep it. If I should…. I always feel a little attached to quilts I make for others, but I know receivers always appreciate and love them, so I CAN part with gifts. It’s what we do, right?
But this quilt, in making it, it never had a specific recipient. It was very much an experiment for me, using so much background fabric, quilting so many different designs….. So I was feeling kind of wish washy about what to do.
This is when the husband rescues me every time. He said I could keep it!
Pretty much if he gives the go-ahead, I’m there!
I’m keepin’ it!