This gorgeous quilt is a lovely folded patchwork piece with dresden plates making up the big flower blocks.
An allover design was not really a good choice for this quilt mainly due to the 3 dimensional centres of each flower, and Mary decided that she didn't want the flowers to be heavily quilted on. Therefore I have simply outlined the flowers and the centre folded patchwork with a barely visible thread (light tan) which makes the centres more defined by stitching back the background slightly. The centre of each flower has a simple "terry twist" quilted freehand which again brings up the 3D elements of the flowers.
The areas between the flowers was an odd shape to come up with something to fill, and as the feel of the quilting was quite open I quilted a largeish flower motif. I used a tiny circle ruler to guide me with quilting the circle (there is no way I can freehand a perfect circle !!!) and freehand quilted the petals and stems of each pansy style flower.
The feather swirl borders were also completely freehand (no marking) and again keeping it fairly large and open. The pattern of the fabric and the choice of thread colour keeps it a subtle result and very textural.
I was really pleased with the overall result and Mary was too....
Thanks Mary for letting me work on your lovely quilt. It was alot of fun to quilt.