First...Thanks for the comments at last post. I do like hearing reaffirming comments about my initial layout. I think I will likely go back to this one. Stick with your first instincts.
Second...I have received comments that I'd like to answer personally. Please make sure that you are not "blogger no-reply". If I cannot email you back, I won't.
This is about the hardest and best applique quilt I have done in a very long time. It is Maggie Walker's The Blue Collection. It came out over a decade ago...I can only imagine it took my client nearly that long to stitch those on. The appliques are all needle-turned edge, and are done about as well as I would have done them. Being the applique snob you all know I am, that is pretty dang good.
This quilt has a single wool batt. This helps the appliques to keep a puffy look after quilting. It will help them to retain this puff as time goes on, when a cotton batting would tend to compress. Initially when I got the quilt from the client, she really did not want any stitching on the appliques. I had to convince her that they really need to be quilted on, even if just a little. A difference in stitching density that severe would make this hang wonky. Besides, the quilt is about the appliques, and they need to be part of the design of the stitching. I chose to keep the applique stitching simple, and to the point. The pots are only quilted on to (hopefully) convey the depth or shape of the item.
I took all these photos with my phone on a rainy day a week ago, fully expecting to retake them before the quilt was sent home. Well, it is enroute to Florida, and I never retook any pictures. Life goes on :-)