Quilter's are a very aspiring group. We aspire to master our craft from the first piece cut to the last stitch of the binding. Mastery, it is a lifelong journey I think. My life's philosophy is "learn something new everyday". I do that with quilting . . . learn something new with each quilt.
Machine quilting is a particularly vexing part of quiltcraft to master. These pictures are all masterful. The quilting is not necessarily the right quilting for a quilt in everyday use . . . but they inspire, and I aspire.
The pictures are all detail pics of larger quilts that were shown at quilt shows over the years. I apologize to the quilters who made these quilts that I cannot give you credit because of course I did not record such details as we wandered through the show. If you recognize a quilt, please let me know so credit can be given!
|Hearts, Feathers and Pebbles oh my!|
|Quilt body of the feather heart motif border above|
|For a border. Heavy background quilting|
gives the feathers a trapunto effect
I LOVE this!
|McTavishing . . . |
with a butterfly amid the background swirls
|A very simple pieced piecing pattern|
made spectacular by the mix of
traditional feathers and erratic pebbles
|I would put this quilting in the category of|
thread work. This would be very fun to try.
|Wow. Just wow.|
|Pebbles take FOREVER. Midway you think you're|
nuts for doing them. Ah, but the end result!
|Fanciful thread work with a structured background|
|Free hand. Something for the quilter who is|
loathe to take the time to mark!
|The background pebbles are all under 1/2 inch!|
|This one is hand quilted. Isn't the block darling?|
|Free hand. No marking, but forethought needed.|
|More free hand.|
|The fern fronds are amazing.|
Bet they took a long time!
|Background pebbles with applique.|
|Free hand, no marking.|
(Guess who doesn't like marking!)
|Texture! Bead work! Thread Color!|
|The applique is so free and fluid . . . all that is needed|
is a free form background to set it off.