This lovely quilt was made by my customer Ann. This quilt was an ideal candidate for some custom quilting, and I am glad that Ann agreed with me, as I would have struggled choosing thread and design for an allover on this beauty.
Ann requested a fern border, and ferns under the tree, and after seeing a quilt hanging in my studio, also requested some wavy crosshatching too. The rest being left to my imagination ... but after some discussion with Ann if she liked the ideas.
It is all freehand quilting except for some ruler guided wavy crosshatching.
I quilted a fern border
Some swirls in the maple leaf block
Some feathers - this was the most time consuming block and there were four of them too !
The little square at each corner of this block is less than an inch and I fitted an entire feather form into it... very carefully
I quilted back and forth looping lines in the background fabric as not much was going to show on this dark textured batik. I love the effect it has given it though. I used the same effect on the leaves of the tree in the light blue areas lifting up the darker areas. It would have more effect with a puffier wadding, but Ann preffered to use warm and natural which is a fairly flat wadding.
My interpretation of ferns on each side under the tree
and tree bark too:
A swirly ferny block
A basket block
And wavy crosshatching