This fantastic Irish chain quilt has been designed by Lynne Edwards and made by one of her students Dawna. She chose to have it custom quilted because she feels that this is her best work to date and wanted it to have some special treatment. I agree with her as it was fabulously pieced, and was a pleasure to work with.
So I tried to compliment this quilt with the quilting designs that I chose to use on the quilt. Dawna agreed that she liked feathers and that they would suit the quilt, so I started with feathers, swirls and curved crosshatching in the borders. Followed by feathers curving around the main blocks in a feathered wreath effect, thereby enhancing the circular movement naturally present in the quilt blocks, and I quilted freehand flowers in the white square blocks and continuous curves in the white and purple "chains" surrounding the blocks.
This is all completely freehand quilted with the curved lines of the feather spines and the curved crosshatching being aided with the use of curved and circular rulers and my machine hand guided against them. Ruler work is hard on the fingers though .... so I am glad I don't use them everyday !
And as I often say.... I just wish I could take a decent photograph !