So, I have been busy the last two weeks, and part of that has been quilting. Yes, the piece I started in October 2008 is finally done. But I am not lamenting.... Nope... There is no way, I could have done what I done with this piece back in 2008. I just wasn't up to the task.
Well here it is....
It all started at retreat in Oct 2008, when I picked out the fabrics and decided to do a 'medallion' quilt. While I layed out the background, I had a hard time deciding on what the appliques would look like. So home it came and over the next 2 months, my DH and I played with different applique shapes. In the end, I modified one of Ricky Tim's applique shapes from his Rhapsody patterns and came up with two different shapes that I liked and fit the areas just right. The center applique is totally original and was done via the old paper doll method.... folding a piece of paper in quarters, drawing a design on one of the quadrants and then un-folding it to see what you get. I played with 3 or 4, until I came up with this.
But it became a UFO, because once I got the appliques on, I couldn't decide how to quilt it. Then all of a sudden trapunto came to my mind and I pulled it back out. I figured trapunto would be a great way to fill in some of the wide open spaces.
With the trapunto done, I knew that I needed fairly close quilting to make the trapunto stand out. So I played with a few different designs and agreed this piece needed different designs in the different sections. So you can see I used basic meandering in the center. Then added my circle in a circle pattern in the next section. In the salmon section around the applique I used a leave on leave pattern. I think I like this design because it really adapted itself to going around the shapes and around the gold medallion.
Mary Anne Ciccotelli, even though I don't know what it is called. Nice thing about this design, is it can be used as a fairly tight quilting motif, or a big loose motif on a bed or lap quilt. Very versatile it is :-).
Anyway, you see next I decided to add piping, versus just facing this wall hanging like I have been doing so much of lately. I just thought it was more suitable to the piece. A more traditional style deserved a more traditional ending.
This piece is quilted totally with Aurifil Cotton 50 weight thread. I am liking Aurifil more and more lately. It did such a wonderful job on this piece!
Now the problem is, it hasn't spoken to me yet, so I don't have a name for it yet. Will have to let it hang in the studio for awhile, until it tells me what it wants to be called. That is, unless you have a good suggestion?