I read a great post over at Fabric Therapy that Teresa has written on her observations on how batting choice affects how quilting stitches look and I agree with everything she says and it made me think of this quilt.
My favourite batting for hand quilting to date has been the Quilters Dream 100% cotton, request weight.
It gives a great drape with the antique crinkled look I love. Maybe I should have gone for wool.
The one thing that's been nagging me is how the feathered quilting disappears with no definition. All that work and it doesn't show.
Last year at the Sydney quilt show, there was a special exhibition featuring selected quilts by Gai Haines. Gai does amazing hand quilting and trapunto to die for.
Look at these folded over trapuntoed feathers on her Baltimore quilt, sigh. I did talk to Gai about her methods and filed it away in my brain for one day.
Photos shown with permission.
One day has arrived and you guessed it, my new love is called trapunto. I just knew at the back of my mind that this is what I could do to accentuate my feathers. First a little try out in the melon shape.
Well I loved it so much that I just decided to dive in and go for it. What a transformation! Maybe I just love this quilt so much that I'm doing everything I can to make the quilting last.
Did you manage to get some stitching done for quilting day? Next time I'll tell you how I tackled the trapunto.