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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

This week I thought I would join in on Work In Progress Wednesday and show what I have been wrestling with lately.

I have started the quilting on my king sized quilt this past week.  Here is a picture of it laying on my living room floor before it was basted.

Dragonfly Summer Quilt before basting

It is a huge 114″ x 114″ and I am quilting it on my Pfaff Creative 4.0.  It took me a while to figure out what to quilt where, and I still don’t have a complete plan for the entire quilt yet, but I am figuring it out as I go.

Quilting the Star

I started in the center and have been working my way outward. I decided on doing mostly feather motifs with a few leaf/petal style patterns as well.

Detail of Star Center

If you click on the image you can see a larger view and see that I quilted some petals in the very center purple area.  Outside of that are three different feather motifs.  I used Photoshop to create the exact designs I wanted and then traced them to a sturdy plastic and cut out the plastic so there would be room to slide my chalk pencil between the feathers. Here are the three templates I created to use in this area.

Corner Feather Template

Feather Template

Small Feather Template

Using some quilt bloggers as inspiration I tried to think outside the star and not quilt by just stitching in the ditch.

Detail of Star Feathers

As you can see in the above picture (click to biggefy if you need to) I added an arc to the quilting to define where my feathers would end.  Between the corner feather quilting and the arc I added straight lines up to the inside arc line.

Detail of ripple quilting

Outside of the arc I did what I am calling ripple quilting where you quilt in ever-increasing partial concentric circles for three or four passes and then start a new one by changing direction. This pattern is similar to the Echo Shell pattern found on The Free Motion Quilting Project site.

The white and tan areas will be quilted with a leaf like pattern. You may be able to see the chalk marks I have made for that quilting in the above picture. I have since finished that quilting, but haven’t taken a picture yet.  The points of the star will be finished with more ripple quilting.

My next task for this quilt is to design the feather motif for the eight setting squares around the star.  I plan on also using the same quilting pattern for the corner squares since the blocks are the same size.  There will be more feathers and variations on that theme in the borders, but I am not quite sure what I will be putting in the diamonds around the outside of the star or in the large corners that are inside the borders.  I am hoping inspiration will hit me before I get there.

Other than that I have been designing some new bags that I have orders for and working on the 2013 Genesee Valley Quilt Club Raffle quilt design with my mother.  I think that should keep me out of trouble for a while.  What do you think?


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