John Adams (the Quilt Dad) contacted me recently asking if I could quilt a quilt top for him that would be featured in the e-magazine he co-authors: Fat Quarterly. I said: “Sure!” The quilt is called Sanctuary and you can read more about it at his popular website: HERE.
When he gave me the quilt he said to use my judgement as to what design I should stitch. First I debated over whether or not I should make the quilting design imitate the diagonal angle of the blocks. In other words, perhaps sew feathers across the quilt that aim upwards along the diagonal of the blocks – from left to right. Then I considered the overall flow & simplicity of the quilt design. I decided enhancing the diagonal lines of the quilt pattern was not necessary and that an all-over design would add a whole new dimension without taking over. Free Form Feather complimented the simultaneously modern & whimsical feel of John’s quilt.
One of the reasons I love my job is because the quilting is what transforms a quilt top into a quilt. Some quilts more than others look noticeably different after the quilting process is complete. John’s quilt was one of these cases. It was SO exciting to see my free-form feather jive with his quilt pattern like the cherry on a banana split. He was very pleased with how the quilt turned out. *See what he said about it HERE. Thanks QuiltDad! I enjoyed it and look forward to working with you again soon!
Throwing in a little Mermaid Hair here & there is a wonderful variation I like to use on quilts with a modern feel. Weaving the M. Hair in and out around the feathers, curls and teardrops is exciting to sew and makes the quilt dance.