This is a lovely 94" blue and white double Irish chain. When I get quilts such as this, with HUGE open squares (the blank square is like 13-14"), it becomes a daunting task of what to put in the square. I know that this blank square is a large part of the overall look of the quilt, and must be quilted wisely to maximize the quilt's appearance. There are 24 blank blocks!
There are no borders on this quilt (not like you can really see that from my photo...I have nowhere to just lay the entire quilt out!). It is just squares. So, one of my first tasks in designing the quilting is to try to design faux borders into the quilting. The other task is to create a visual focal, the other thing missing when all blocks are the same. There absolutely must be a place for the eye to rest.
Below is what I did for the outer border. That is the lower right hand corner. My client commented that she likes feathers. Heck, most people do, and this is a great quilt to use feathers on. It's already delicate and soft; feathers only intensify that. The edge has a wide meandering feather, and parallel 1/2" lines spanning out to the outer edge. This will be very pretty as it hangs (it may be attending some shows) or lays on a bed.
The twelve blank blocks around the center star are quilted with a lovely stencil design. I bought several stencils last year and am slow to pull some of them out. This actually fills a 12" block, but I placed it on point for a different look. The arcs that surround the stencil are done with my curve-crosshatch ruler with minimal marking. The addition of 1/4" channels inside and outside of the main 1/2" channel make the shape much more visible. I then densely stippled inside the space to make the stencil shape pop. You can see below how pretty and unique the quilt looks with these. I really like it.