I am in the process of designing the quilting for her phenomenal Santa applique quilt. She did all of the applique by hand and her work is impeccable. Unfortunately, Eve had a stroke recently, and this type of applique has become more difficult for her.
I approached her last summer and asked her if she’d allow me to quilt her heirloom Santa quilt and she said yes. I’ve been playing around with some designs for it and I thought I’d share the options I sent her way recently. Take a look and think about which approach you like best.
Quilting an applique top involves a lot of decisions that need to be cleared with the owner first. I always ask my applique clients if it is okay if I add quilting lines to their applique. The need to give me permission before I will stitch on their hard work. Fortunately most agree and I think the ability to add definition to an applique piece through the quilting line is critical. It adds that third dimension to the applique and helps secure those sometimes large areas to the quilt surface.
The other big decision is about the background filler behind the applique. I drew up some choices for Eve on my computer so she could visualize what I was talking about and give me her feedback.
First I did a traditional cross hatch which is always nice but, in my opinion, can get a little predictable. I also toyed with pebbles which reminded me of snow.
That led me to swirls which reminded me of a winter storm.
Finally, I tried out curls and added the proposed quilting lines to the applique. Keep in mind I wouldn’t use a white thread over her applique. 🙂
But can you see how Santa’s body and the structure of the applique come to life with just a bit of additional quilting lines to bring it into that third dimension?
Okay, which background filler do you like? I’ll tell you soon which one spoke to Eve. 🙂