Monday, September 29, 2014
After a week of edge to edge designs, I was glad to get back to some custom work. Sharon had shown me this quilt weeks ago and I was dying to get my hands on it.
It is a free pattern by Tula Pink, called Moxie. You can find it HERE. I'm loving these colors! I think I need to make one for myself. I bet it would look amazing hanging in my studio.
My first thoughts were to quilt a different filler in each ray, quilting all the way out to the edge of the quilt. I was thinking white thread, but I decided to match the colors on the medallions instead. I didn't want the quilting to overwhelm the prints.
I also ended up quilting on each side of the ditch rather than straight down the seam. There were two reasons for this. First, the seams were pressed open and I wanted to reinforce them. Second, I think it helps space out the different filler designs.
I had a challenge to come up with 16 different fillers. I alternated between circular designs and more linear ones.
The circles were fun because they are a little bigger than the average pebbles. The large circles are a bit larger than a quarter, all freehand.
I used the chevron pattern on the fabric as inspiration for that ray. I tried marking a couple, but it worked out better to use my hopping foot as a guide.
I tested out some McTavishing and a design that kind of reminds me of shingles on a roof or feathers. Again, I used that first pink fabric as inspiration.
This Asian feather was a lot of fun. The spine curves back and forth all the way out to the edge of the quilt.
The same thing goes for the regular feathers. I stopped the pink thread and continued with the white as the design extended into the light borders.
Here is the center. Lines extending out and curved lines.
So much fun! I definitely need to start ordering some more fabric for myself.