I recently had the honor of quilting a most beautiful traditional quilt for a customer.
It’s called “Fresh Cuts”, designed by Marti Michel.
But this one had the flowers in 1930s reproductions, the vases in that lovely 1930s green solid, and Kona Snow for the background.
She left off the applique border and just did a plain border.
When it was handed over to me for quilting, she said she wanted “lots of feathers.”
That was a bit intimidating. I’ve done a few feathers before, but not what I’d consider “lots”, and none quite this fancy. But I was up for the challenge and figured it would be good practice. I squelched my nerves, drew the patterns I wanted, did a small practice piece, and loaded the quilt on Ivy’s frame.
She wanted the actual bouquets to be mostly quilted like the picture in the magazine (which was beautifully quilted by Elizabeth Anne Dawson), so that part was easy — they gave the diagrams. But she asked for the background to be filled in, so I added small meandering in that area. (After toying with many many ideas that didn’t work, since I was not actually outlining the entire bouquet.)
I didn’t get any pictures of the quilt full out. I just kinda forgot that part . . . and don’t look too hard for all my mistakes. My machine is not computerized, and I’m definitely a human! I used Golden Threads paper for all the feathers, because I was too chicken to use a marker on all that Kona Snow background, even though I tested it, and it would have worked. In the end, just too scared . . .
She had me put the binding on when I was finished, and we used that same green that the vases are made from. Nice frame for the edge.
Thirty-one hours of work, and I’m pretty proud of it. I don’t think I’ll be afraid of feathers any more!
And . . . after having that magazine laying around the entire time I was working on this quilt . . . see that quilt on the cover? Yeah, I’m gonna have to make me one o’ those. Please send help!