I have been busy custom quilting a very clever customers quilt which she has very intricately appliqued some tiny flowers with embellished beading, into a sampler style quilt top. This is a special quilt for a special birthday, which kind of made me a little nervous to quilt. Luckily it all worked out just fine.
First I stabilised the blocks by stitching in the ditch in the blocks and sashings, this is harder to achieve with a longarm than with a regular sewing machine and requires the use of a straight ruler to keep a straight line and to keep in the ditch.
I background quilted with a small freehand loopy meander in every block. All of the applique is outlined, and the hawaiian style blocks were indeed the hardest to quilt around given the intricate shape.
I curve crosshatched the star blocks and quilted a continuous curve in the tumbler blocks which gave the illusion of circles.
The borders have a leafy vine and the sashings have freehand swirls.
I am very pleased to say that my customer was very happy with the results, and has kindly given permission for me to share some photographs of her quilt. I apolosise to her that my photography skills don't truly reflect the beauty of her quilt.