Carrie brought me this amazing applique quilt that she was planning on entering in the upcoming Forsyth Quilters and Piecers Guild Quilt Show. She wanted something special for this one. I spent a lot of time looking at this one before quilting. Carrie sent me quite a few Pinterest pins of ideas and I set to work.
This block was easy to decide. Feathers, feathers, feathers.
The basket blocks are matching, with curved cross hatching on the baskets.
The stars gave me a bit of trouble. They still looked a little puffy after McTavishing the background, so Carrie gave me the idea to do the stars with the crossed lines.
The nine patch was a challenge as well. I wanted to do something a little bit different. Carrie liked the square theme and I filled in the sides with feathers.
I quilted feathers on the geese and threw some leafy vines on the applique backgrounds. All the applique pieces are outlined.
The larger flowers and leaves were a bit puffy after quilting, so they got some decorative quilting to accent them.
I had enough room on the large applique block to quilt vines on each side and I love, love, love how the outer border turned out. Carrie didn't really want traditional feathers, but suggested using the backing fabric as inspiration. Of course now I realize I didn't take a pic of the back, but it had a lot of different swirly flower and paisley designs that I used to create the border.
I stitched a traditional spine as if I were going to quilt feathers and then alternated 4 different floral motifs across the border.
I quilted these loopy swirls in place of feathers.
Then I went around the entire border one more time to quilt the little spikes in between the loops.
When it was all done, I looked it over and felt like I had just quilted a sampler. A little bit of all different kinds of designs. So much fun!
Thanks so much Carrie!