Friday, September 30, 2016

Modern Beauty

What a treat this quilt was! It came all the way from British Columbia, and I felt kinda bittersweet packaging it up to send back to my client, Deborah. I wanted to keep it!

It was such a modern, fresh, clean canvas for me to work with. The contrast between youthful, bold strips of color and clean white background is so striking. I felt very inspired, and a little sad that I couldn't try out ALL my ideas on this piece!

All my quilting is free-motion, hand-guided on an APQS longarm quilting machine.

 I worked my way through the this piece from top to bottom in the white areas first.

After I'd tacked down the white space, I was in love with how "bouncy" the unquilted colorful areas were. I talked to my client, and we seriously considered not quilting the colorful strips at all. I auditioned some ideas with water-soluble pen. 

Here's no quilting at all...

Here's continuous curve....

Here's straight lines 1/4" from the perimeter...

We agreed to go with the simple straight lines, to give those colorful strips an anchor, some structure, but still let it retain its puffiness. I think it was the right decision!


  1. I love what you did with this, Carrie! Great job!

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! I am honored you even looked! I have to admit, I fan-stalked you this spring at Heritage Park Festival of Quilts. Every time I saw a quilt that I admired the quilting, I'd look up the listing in the program. And many-many times, it was YOUR quilting!