There was only one tree skirt that still needed to be finished. MINE!!!
There were two things I knew I wanted for the quilting on this one.
- Feathers!!!!! And LOTS of them. Feathers are my FAVORITE!
- A secondary design separate from the piecing. I love quilts where the quilting makes a secondary pattern, but it’s still hard for me to get my brain wrapped around seeing a pattern where there’s no piecing.
Other than that, I didn’t know really what I was going to to. But, I have long since stopped worrying about that. Figuring it out as I go is fun.
My first challenge was getting the quilt mounted. I couldn’t load it to the top roller, there were no straight seams to load. So I would have to do a full float. I have never done that before, but plenty of quilters do it. I would just have to be super careful and make sure to baste as I went.
The first decision was how to quilt the blocks. I didn’t want to do a meander feather by the applique. But I could do feathers on the other side. One thing I love about feathers is they don’t need much (if any) marking. A “V” shaped feather would fit perfectly in this space. So all I marked were the wavy spine and the center line.
Alternating hook and standard feathers. Its easier to see them from the back.Next I needed to figure out how to do a secondary pattern in the center of the quilt. So I drew a secondary star pattern. And filled it in with… y0u guessed it… FEATHERS!
As always I am just stunned how much extra the quilting can add to a quilt top. Here’s the plain top
I am thrilled with how this turned out. Now I just have to decide what my next project will be. So many ideas!!!!