Quilt market is over and I am at home trying to recover from such a fun, overwhelming experience. I just can’t believe that I get to run a business doing what I love, thanks so much to all of you that support me!!! I suppose I should tell you about my booth and all the fun stuff that happened, but I have been so anxious to show you my favorite quilt at market. The funny thing is, it’s not even my quilt. It’s Tula Pink’s Butterfly quilt and I am sure that you have seen pictures of it all over the blogs! (Hope you don’t mind a bunch of pictures!!!)
This quilt was definitely a show-stopping quilt, especially since it was the main focus of her booth. I love everything about the quilt; the blocks, the butterfly motif and especially all of the negative space for some really fun quilting!
When she dropped off the quilt, she said that she envisioned large feathers wrapping around the piecing. Of course, I knew that was exactly what I would do. I started by quilting feathers to look sorta like antennae, but not exactly. I just wanted it hint at it……
For the rest of the background, I quilted ginormous feathers that wrapped around the piecing. I didn’t mark out the feathers beforehand, I knew that I wasn’t worried if it was exactly symmetrical.
Then, to make them pop even more, I quilted a teeny tiny filler of what I like to call improv quilting. you know, where you just throw in a bunch of your favorite quilting designs without worrying too much about it. I find that this is the kind of quilting is perfect for me! I don’t get bored and it’s a great way to practice a bunch of different designs.
There is actually a little trick to this. If you give this a shot, make sure you quilt the “bigger” or more complex designs and then fill around them with the smaller designs. I tend to work in small sections, approximately a 10″ square. And of course you don’t have to quilt it as small as I have either. Make it as big or as small as you want!
For the blocks, Tula and I discussed a few different options, but ultimately we decided to go with more geometric, angular quilting to contrast with the cruvier feathers. I picked out a few of the circles in the peiceing and highlighted them with feathers, but for the most part I stuck to straight line quilting in the rest of the blocks.
And of course, the back of the quilt. I don’t think there will be any doubt as to whose quilt this is!!!
Since I had a booth at market, I was unable to get a bunch of swag, but don’t worry, I still have some goodies….how about a giveaway to celebrate a successful trip! One lucky winner will win a free craftsy class, just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner on Friday. Good luck and happy quilting!!!
Sorry!! Giveaway over!!!