I was so excited when Cindy showed me this quilt. I love applique quilts! They are a lot of work, but I really love how they look when they come off the frame. This one was done by Cindy's mother. She remember her working on it after 2000, but is not sure when she started it. Her mother's work is beautiful! It was an honor to get to work on this quilt.
I did bead board in the outer part of the border. It turned out wonderful, but some of the lines are over 28 inches, so my motorized fabric advance got a work out. Have I told you how much I love, love, love my motorized fabric advance!
I quilted curved swags in to the appliqued swags. Then did a curly Q design between the sashing and the swags. The sashing has a spaced ribbon candy in it. The star of the quilting is the swirly meander in the applique blocks. We had first thought about doing cross hatching, but I am so glad that we changed the plan.
Yes, I did stitch around all the applique! Yes, even the dimensional pieces! I also stitched in any of the applique that was larger then 4 inches. I love the way the pineapple and vase turned out.
We used Tuscany Wool batting by Hobbs. It was the perfect choice as it caused the applique to pop up without doing any trupunto work. The back is just as spectacular.
For thread I used cream Fil Tec Magna Glide bobbins and So Fine 402 on the top. I started a brand new cone of So Fine when I loaded the quilt. I have about 4 yards left on the cone, and I was a nervous wreck toward the end of the quilt because I was really worried I was going to run out and have to wait for my thread order to be able to finish the quilt. Next time I am going to make sure that I have 2 cones before I start a big project.