I have just finished quilting an 8-day very large custom quilt. This top was immaculately pieced, and layed as flat or flatter than anything I make. The pieces on this are all single pieces, and are enormous. Every time I quilted something, it required rolling the quilt back and forth on the frame to be able to quilt the entire section. I just cannot describe how tiring that was for my shoulders every day. To say I was happy to have it done yesterday was an understatement.
The center is fused applique. It's a great design for this type of quilt, with the lovely Arabeque details, Because it is fused, though, it lays kind of stiff, and not puffy like applique should. The very center is a great piece of machine embroidery - a very nice touch.
I wanted to bring the Arabesque feature of the center medallion out into other areas of the quilt, within a reasonable budget anyways. I chose a 9" stencil, and embellished it as is shown. The stencil itself is rather simple, but the shape is why I chose it. It is quilted in the same variegated aqua thread as the feathers were quilted in.
The area under the arabesque arch is stippled in a brown So Fine thread. It brings a subtle color to the turquoise fabric. It also works because this is a Shot Cotton, and it is woven with turquoise and brown threads.
The area outside of the arch is quilted with a fill, also in the turquoise thread. The next photo is deceptive because it does not indicate how huge this triangle really is. There are actually 8 of these triangles.
I copied the same stencil to the outer border, but in a smaller size. I also added a rope stencil detail about 2-3" from the edge. This is a nice way to subdivide a very wide border.