This week I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with my longarm, working to catch up on the pile of quilt tops waiting to  be quilted. I am really pleased with this finish and am happy to share it with you today.

The top was pieced by Karen, a lovely lady I met when she enrolled in the beginning quilting class I teach. Karen is fun to be around and the quilting bug has really bitten her. She gave me the top to quilt and told me to ‘do whatever’.

Sometimes it’s really scary when someone says that to me in regard to their quilt, but not in this case. As soon as I pulled the top out of the bag and laid it on the frame I knew exactly how I needed to quilt it. I love when that happens! Doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s like unicorns and rainbows dancing all around. 🙂

I love the colors Karen used, and the easy design which shows off the fabrics so well. Those HSTs finish at six inches. They are the perfect size to highlight the gorgeous colors of the prints. Sometimes, simple is better!

dot to dot free motion quiltingI admit that deciding how to quilt the border took me a couple of hours. I wasn’t sure what to do. My go to design is usually piano keys, but that didn’t feel right for this quilt. I finally got out my Shape by Shape books by Angela Walters and started flipping through them. I found this perfect border design after only a couple of minutes. I love how it plays off the quilting in the blocks. When I look at the quilt as a whole, it looks like I planned out the entire design ahead of time. I didn’t, but no one except me and you will ever know!

The backing is a great navy blue print by Riley Blake. I used the same thread color front and back and I can barely see the green thread on the blue back. Mostly you just see the texture.  That’s a win in my book!

Riley Blake fabric for backingAll the quilting was done with rulers and minimal marking, utilizing Angela’s ‘dot to dot’ technique. Sounds like a lot of work but it went quickly, especially because I was in my happy place. Ruler work and free motion quilting make my heart sing and I always feel my most creative when I get to quilt that way.

Ruler Work FMQI hope you enjoyed this tour of Karen’s quilt. Thank you Karen for allowing me to quilt for you!

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