Here is a light custom from last week. It is pieced from a variety of fabrics - both cottons and a teal batik. I was wrapping up a couple easier quilts before I loaded one last big custom (the 3rd Ladies of the Sea of the last year!). I could have easily just done an edge-to-edge pattern, but this is a gift for a special person that is getting married. I had the OK to up the ante a bit. The ivory fabric is a great place to let the quilting show more.
To keep the time manageable, I still mixed in some fillers, like the swirls on these blue octagons. Mixing more custom techniques, like those quilted with rulers or feathers, with the faster fillers is a great way to give a quilt a custom look without an enormous cost.
The outer border is this speckled dot. I did a quilt last year that had a good bit of this on it, and knew not much of anything but linework was going to show. Save the time for plainer fabrics. While there is some ditch-quilting, there is not as much as some quilts. This, too, helps to keep the cost from that of a show quilt to that of a pretty bed quilt.
It has an 80/20 batting and is quilted with YLI polished poly beige thread.
Here is the back, looking very aqua in the photo. Ironically, it is a deep green. Strange! The ivory bobbin shows quite prominently here! It makes me wonder if I should have selected a soft green or aqua thread instead, so there was less visible contrast on the backside!