I just finished up a very large client custom quilt. It is the 104" version of the Bali Wedding Star. It is made up of 64 rings and nearly as many other stars. I can only imagine how very long this quilt takes to paper piece. I endeavor to piece and applique large and complicated quilts, but this one just amazes me. It is certainly not my style. I get bored with piecing the top way too easily to be expected to make so very many of the same thing, one after another. Kudos to my client! She's done a really nice job of the paper-piecing. The points are mostly very well matched. The areas where the rings and points come together are naturally a point of bulky discontent for a quilter, but once I discovered them, I knew to expect them. That is half the battle. It is the unexpected pops of bulk that are harder.
This client told me up front that she loves feathers. The quilt has some space for decorative fillers, but no huge expanses. She relayed pictures of one other quilter that has quilted this quilt, but I knew I'd design something different. My beliefs on that matter are firm and strong. I want the quilts clients to get from me to be original and designs that I feel are fitting and appropriate for their quilts. If a client feels strongly about having another person's designs copied, they oughta just go to that quilter. I heard Jamie Wallen say that in a class last year and at first it kind of hit me as shocking and crass. The more I thought about it, I am right there with him. Clients come to me because of what I can give them, my original work.
So, I set to work to create a feather spray that fit the geometry (which, as shown above, is kind of awkward). These triangular holes flip-flop directions too, so I let the center of the teardrops feather in opposite directions so that it infuses some swirl to the piece. Movement is a key component to a quilt, and it is even more important on a quilt that is just a repeat of the same design over and over again. One other criteria I had was that the quilt needed relatively simple shapes (ie, no complex swirls) because I did not know if these many dark colors of batik had been prewashed. I know first-hand that several of these Hoffman 1895's have bled for me, and if not prewashed, they might have bled when I needed to remove the markings. Too many incidents with bleeding make me chicken to go out on a limb.
I am onto quilting three more that will go home to Iowa next week. No rest for the weary...Have a great week.
BTW, anybody know where to find size #3 pearl cotton?...Went to Joann's today in search, but came home empty-handed.