Striking

Here is the quilt that goes with the backing I showed to you.  You know I love scrappy quilts and this one is beautiful.  Each of the blocks is made from a different print.  Consistency is also present as the white and black Irish Chain-like pattern running through the quilt pulls it all together.

Quilt Photo 1

I do like when my clients tell me to quilt how I want to on their quilts but it makes me a little nervous at the same time.  Sometimes I wonder if what I choose to do will satisfy their taste.  At the same time I enjoy the freedom to do what I think will enhance the appearance of the quilt or to try something new.

When the talented owner of this quilt saw the finished product for the first time and said, "It's striking."  I knew he was happy, which of course, made me happy.

I had fun with this quilt.  Finding the perfect backing was a huge plus. The rest just kind of fell into place.

I decided to work an allover spiral pattern which gave some "motion" to the quilt top and "pulled out" the subtle spiral print in the outside border print.

Allover patterns typically add strength to a quilt allowing it to withstand years of use and laundering as needed. I feel it is important to consider which quilting pattern will be used while making sure the quilting enhances the quilt  and does not overpower the quilt.The quilting should make the quilt, not be the quilt, in my opinion .

Quilt Photo 2Quilt Photo 3

The binding of this quilt was made by wrapping the backing of the quilt around to the front.  This is also often referred to as wrapping, hemming or wrap-a-round binding. 

I want you to note how beautifully the pattern of the backing fabric cooperated and matched at the corner!!!  I couldn't have done that any better if I had tried!!!   I love when a quilt comes together, on its own, without any struggle.

Thank you, Otis, for sharing this beautiful piece with us.

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

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