My sister picked up her finished quilt. Now that she has seen it, I can share it with you! This quilt is absolutely beautiful. I'm afraid my pictures will not do it justice but I took a few to show to you anyway. My sister is an awesome artist. She designed and created this quilt herself. Believe it or not, this is her first attempt at applique!!! She is such a fast learner, and now, hooked on applique
The majority of the quilt is an off-white tone on tone fabric, including the backing and the binding. There is a narrow framing border made from a gorgeous "chocolate" batik. The rest of the images are made from batiks too (dark brown for the cattails and a deep, rich green for the leaves) and appliqued onto the body of the quilt. The swirls add motion to the quilt and make the dragonflies come to life.
I was so happy to be able to work on this quilt. We decided to use some echo quilting while finishing this heirloom piece.
Echo quilting is done by outlining the figure then outlining the outline etc. It kind of looks like the rings in the water when you drop a pebble in. At least that's what it reminds me of. The echo quilting turned out beautifully. The entire body of the quilt is filled with the echo quilting up to the framing border. This is a striking look.
The framing border is quilted with a single string of wandering loops.
This is the wide, outside border of the quilt. I filled this border with wandering loops and quilted dragonflies. This border is the "drop" of the quilt (the part that hangs, or drops, over the side of the bed) and makes it look like the dragonflies are flitting and flying around the edge of the quilt.
This quilt turned out great. My sister did a fabulous job creating it and she was happy with the quilting that I did to finish the quilt. We make a great team!!!