The quilt was a beautiful pieced quilt with embroidered blocks. Each block was embroidered with a different type of flower as well as the name of the flower. The client wanted something simple and left it up to me to decide whether to quilt over the embroidered flowers or around them. After receiving the quilt, I definitely knew that I did not want to quilt over the flowers. The were very pretty and I wanted my quilting to showcase her embroidery versus potentially covering it up at all. The client was concerned with some puckering around the designs, but I was able to handle that with the quilting I chose.
I ended up using a variegated thread for the top portion of the quilt. The color variation is very subtle, but has a pale pink, blue and green in it. You can see it in person in the quilt on the white areas and it pulls the colors from the flowers a little bit here and there.
The top thread was called Morning Sky by Superior Threads (their King Tut line). The bottom thread was a pale blue (Baby Blue) from Superior's Bottom Line thread line. I've always had good luck with Superior Threads and haven't had issues with breakage. Both of my sewing machines seem to love the thread.
I did a medium-sized loop design throughout the quilt. I wanted to have the freedom to move about the embroidered spaces and still create texture throughout the quilt. The client wanted to tie the sashings and blocks together, so the quilting extended throughout the entire quilt and around the flowers and embroidered names.
I used Quilter's Dream 100% cotton batting for this quilt. Only one layer was used since I use their thickest loft...Supreme. It almost gives the thickness of wool, but is great for someone who doesn't want the potential allergic issue with wool.
The next two photos show the completed quilt and really highlights the texture created with the loops and thicker batting.
The client also asked me to trim up the quilt and add the binding around the edge of the quilt. I machine stitched the binding to the front of the quilt after squaring it up and left the hand sewing to her (at her request).
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations