Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Lollipop Trees

Alas, this giant custom is done. I say that like it has been on my frame for weeks, but that's not entirely the real story. I loaded it yesterday, in an effort to get one big custom done before the holidays kick in...to lessen the backlog of harder, longer quilts just a little bit. My 2 month hiatus is nearing its end. It finally feels good to be getting back into the detail work I so love.

This is Lollipop trees by Kim McClean. It has an absolute ton of appliqued circles, and even more Kaffe Fassett very colorful fabrics! There is little background behind the applique, so it is anybody's guess why it takes so blasted long to quilt the background! This is a long job to quilt. Anybody that has done one will definitely agree with me.
It has a single layer of wool batting -- just enough to puff the appliques and show off the relief. 
 I outline (SID) each and every applique and the sashings initially with my standard Madiera Monolon thread. It is truly invisible. 6 to 7 years ago, I got the cone of this thread, and I am finally nearing the end of the cone...its a mere 15000m. To be safe, I ordered another last week.
 This client does beautiful applique. It is so securely stitched, that there would be no risk of it coming loose ever. She's a hard-core applique quilter.   My last quilt for her (I think) was a Ladies of the Sea!

Never the less, these appliques are huge and really need to receive some quilting on them.  It keeps them from sagging and wearing disproportionately, and just gives the many leaves and circles texture and character. This detailing was quilted with 2 colors of 40wt shiny thread. With all the colors in the fabrics, I decided to consolidate the color selection for showy threads would make it easier on the eyes.

The detail stitching is often a very-close double-line echo.  This is particularly effective on busy print because it creates more negative space - thereby making the quilting more visible.
The same concept is true for the background fillers.  This fill is stitched with 4 colors of 50wt So Fine thread, but each block is quilted identically. The threads coordinate with the background fabric colors. This thread has no shine and melts into the quilting in a more subtle way. 
Love this block with the birds...

The borders and sashings received a combination of diamond on point quilting with a filler, and straight lines.  Linear designs are more prone to showing through the prints and colors than something like feathers or another fill.
 Too many lollipops...
 And I will leave you with just one peek at the backside.
Have a good December 6th.

12 comments:

Dar Welch said...

I'm speechless... the appliqué, the colors, the quilting! Gorgeous work, by the maker and the quilter!

Joy said...

This quilt is a treasure in every aspect.

Susie Q said...

Lolly Pops is back on my get it done list..... if I ever finish I sure hope I can find a quilter like you!!!! Gorgeous ...... wonder what will be written in a century when these quilts are "evaluated".

Merry Christmas..... you have earned it.

sherbert2995 said...

Do you use Madeira Monolon in both the top thread and the bobbin? I'm new at this.

Lynette said...

I'm so glad she let you work on the applique portions. Thanks for sharing the details about double lines on prints and your thread choices. I always learn so much from you, Margaret.

kupton52 said...

Thank you for the peek at the backside...each quilt you do would double beautifully as a whole cloth quilt.

Margaret Solomon Gunn said...

I use a 60wt poly in the bobbin. Monolon would be too slippery. Thanks for the question.

Juanita Long said...

I love your quilting, and look forward to your posts for guidance! When custom quilting for a customer, would you start and stop each applique piece in order to accomplish your wonderful quilting? I like the idea of using invisible thread for all the stabilizing. I have been asked to quilt quilts that will be entered into Paducah (if accepted).

Thanks So Much For All Your Expert Advise!!!

Bob Kelher said...

Where do you get the Monolon?

Bob Kelher said...

Where do you get the Madeira Monolon?

Bob Kelher said...

Still trying to get this question to post. Where do you get the Monolon?

Becky Kelher

Bob Kelher said...

Still trying to get my comments to post.

Becky