Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts uses the long arm quilting services of Angela Walters for all her quilts. I follow Angela's blog and like what she does. But I wanted to put a new spin on this quilt pattern and not replicate what Angela had done for Julie. The beauty of quilts is they can have many different looks with the same pattern based on fabric choices and quilting designs. My customer chose solids for her piecing to start, and I chose to, in a sense, echo the central design of the quilt.
As I saw it, the challenge for quilting this pattern was to incorporate the overall design, fill all the negative space surrounding the central design of the quilt, and not make them look like two separate parts. I wanted the central design and the negative space to have unity. My solution was using the angles from the shapes to build the quilting patterns that radiate off the to the edges of the quilt.
I'm pleased how this came out, and I enjoyed the experience of this particular challenge. I appreciate quilts that challenge me.
Below is a picture of the quilt on the long arm before quilting commenced. By the needle, you can see one of my rulers that I used to create the straight angles to echo the quilt pattern.
What do you think? If you were quilting this pattern, how would you do it?