I decided to go back to this Blue Trellis art quilt and add more free motion quilting to make the border pop a little more. Still 22" square. On Etsy.
I had been putting off the free motion quilting on this fabric collage art quilt for months (and months). Finally, it's done. Looking back, I'd say it's best I waited until I was ready. This fabric collage is based on Susan Carlson's method and although Susan has done beautiful sun design quilts which you can see in her book Serendipity Quilts, I created and drew this design myself on freezer paper and then traced it onto thin muslin. From that point, the fabric pieces are arranged and glued down as you go. I was not as thorough with the glue as Susan is; most of the time using just a glue stick to hold them in place in case I wanted to move them around. There is a layer of tulle on top to help keep the pieces of fabric in place before it is quilted. Finished size: 26.5" x 26.5". Ready to hang with pockets at the top back corners. For sale on Etsy at Sun Man Fabric Collage quilt. This art quilt will be available for purchase at the Asheville Quilt Guild show on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2017 at the WNC Ag Center in Asheville, NC.
The Golden Spirals wall quilt is finally finished! This is more free motion quilting than I have ever done on a quilt. It was more fun than I expected. But I had to make sure to finish the central focal area (the stripes) before I moved on to quilting the top, bottom and side borders. This is freeform free motion quilting with lots of spirals, pebbles, leaves and other motifs. Approx. 33.5 x 41" and now on Etsy at SimplyHandmadeinNC.
I am not a fan of overquilting which seems to be the gold standard for quilting nowadays. To me, the simpler the better. But, look at this, I find myself with a quilt with an abundance of free motion quilting. It didn't start out this way. I just got carried away. It became kind of hypnotic and a challenge to find ways to fill the spaces left after I had stitched in a few spirals. I've finally decided what to do in the center space and hopefully will finish that tomorrow. I feel I need to add some FMQ to the central focal area to balance with the amount of quilting surrounding it. I'll put this in the Gallery section (for sale) at the Asheville Quilt Show coming up Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2017. Thanks!
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