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Custom quilting - pink pansies

This gorgeous quilt was made by my customer Mary.  She embroidered the flowers with her embroidery machine, and pieced the tiny sashing squares together which measure almost an inch across.  She knew what quilting she wanted from ideas from the magazine pattern - a simple outline around each flower, some loopy swirls in the square surrounding, and feathers across the three borders and she specifically did not want me to quilt on the flowers.  She was not quite sure what to quilt in the sashings, so I suggested a curved diamond effect, which I created using a circular ruler as my guide, and has worked out just beautifully.  The back of the quilt also looks great.  For stitching in the ditch I have used a straight ruler to keep a straight line in the ditch.  A longarm machine has no feed dogs like a regular sewing machine, so sewing in a completely straight line requires a little guidance sometimes. 

Everything else (outlining the flowers, loopy swirls, and feathers) are completely freehand quilted.  I did however mark the spine of the feathers with an air erasable pen, which completely disappears in a couple of days.  I kept the feathers a fairly open design, making it flow across and around the quilt top.



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