An In Depth Look At “A Freshness Of Spring” – Part 2
One of the things I love about quilting is the actual stitching or quilting used to enhanced the design. Not everyone enjoys this process, but I certainly do. Using the sewing machine and various stitches (I have two favorite), I add coloring through thread work and extra detail with quilting stitches.
You can see both the styles I use in my new “A Freshness of Spring” quilt. The daisies are outlines in two colors and actually stitched in three. I start with my standard free-form stitching in the color of the applique.
On most applique quilts this is all I do as the fabrics enhance the design on their own. However for these daisies, because they are white, the white stitching seems somewhat lost unless you can see the actual quilt in person.
So to enhance the quilt and make the stitching visible in photos, I used a dark grey thread around the shaded side of the daisy – lower right edges – and a blue-grey shade on the light edges and also to define the petals. Now you can see how they really stand out.
To show shading on the leaves I went one step further and changed stitch as well. Along the shaded side I used a very small blanket stitch, which gives the stems a rounded effect.
For the quilting, I changed my thread from invisible nylon used for the mountains in the original quilt to a deep purple. Now you can see them. I used straight quilting for this, but you could easily use free-motion here too.
These mountains remind me of pyramids, which leads me to wonder how “A Freshness of Spring” would look in desert colors. Maybe you would like to try that instead?
I’ve also added some tree like quilting shapes in the center (below mountains) to hold the layers together and straight-line quilt in the border. Both these are additional features not added in the original quilt.
I hope you enjoyed this in depth look at stitching "A Freshness of Spring".
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