Back in the fall, I once again had the honor of quilting some quilts for Victoria Findlay Wolfe that she made from her new fabric lines with RJR Fabrics.
She combined her Playmaker prints with her Neutrals collection to make this huge and gorgeous paper-pieced quilt called Spinning Tops:
I’ve waited to talk about this quilt until the pattern and kits were ready, cos I know you’re gonna want this one! Well, the pattern and the kits are now in her shop (HERE), so today I’m gonna talk about how I designed the quilting for it and show you the quilting designs.
Whenever I have something large and highly custom to quilt, I like to work from a picture of the entire quilt first. I make several printouts, and then just draw all over them.
For Spinning Tops, I spent one entire evening sitting in my chair, trying to come up with designs to quilt in the different areas.
If you look at this quilt, you can see lots of secondary designs, so deciding which of those I wanted to play up (and then deciding how to do it) was daunting.
Here are my attempts to decide on something:
This one really had me stumped for awhile! I ended up using a few designs from each one of these sheets, combining them all into the finished design.
Instead of doing an allover design and following the blocks, I decided to turn it into a medallion-style design. While it helps to have Victoria say, “Just do whatever you want,” it also makes me nervous wondering if what I choose will be something she likes. Yes, still, after all these years of working with her! I’m a worry-wart.
So here are some photos of what I ended up doing. Sorry some of them seem kind of dark — it’s very difficult to photograph quilting on a white quilt!
Where there was a group of five blocks:
In the blocks made up of four small blocks:
The center “medallion”. I didn’t put any quilting inside the small colored triangles, and in the larger ones, I quilted a “V” that followed the V of the triangle itself, just one line.
You can see at the edges of the center medallion, I stopped the center design, and then did a partial of the regular design used on the other sections — it just stops there and butts up against the center design, letting the center design be the star!
Here’s another shot of that; I hope you can tell what I mean:
Then I ended up with this blank area that was very difficult to decide on a design for. I struggled with this space.
You can see in this photo that Victoria took, Agatha is showing you what I finally decided to put in that space!
I also forgot to get any pictures of that border! I love that border — it would be fun to put on other quilts, too, wouldn’t it? You can see in Victoria’s photo how I quilted that part — straight echoing lines in the dark triangles, and a feather motif in the light parts. You can also see in this photo, since I forgot to take a picture of it, how I quilted around the larger blocks that stood alone. I quilted a curved diamond coming out of the side edges of the block, then quilted large feathers up each side to fill the blank area.
I used a straight ruler and some of my QP Curve rulers on this one. It’s quilted with Superior Threads OMNI in Natural White. If I remember correctly, it has Quilter’s Dream Wool batting inside.
I did not do any marking on this quilt (I normally don’t, since I’m scared to), but I used my rulers and a little bit of white chalk when I really needed a reference point.
So there you have a peek inside my brain as I’m trying to come up with custom quilting designs. No wonder I can’t remember anything any more!
You can get the Spinning Tops pattern HERE — it comes with the instructions and all the foundation papers you’ll need. Or . . . you can buy the kit, which comes with the instructions, all the foundation papers, AND all the fabrics! Or you can buy just the fabrics — they’re wonderful, too! Click HERE.