Since Sonji just got a slick new machine and is about to dive into some serious quilting -- through the back even! -- and she has been musing about how the quilting line can add to the design of the quilt, I thought I'd share a conversation with you all that the Frayed Edges had while on our trip to Manchester. (A very long convoluted poorly written sentence. My apologies.)
Kate is working on an amazing quilt that was commissioned by someone who wants a fabric rendition of the topographical map of her area. Kate showed us the stunning piece in progress. Eight values of brown for the land elevations. More greens and I think some blue for the bay. The client wants to have the place names incorporated into the quilt. Kate also wondered how she would quilt it.
Sarah said she would write the names with Pigma pen and quilt the contours of each elevation shape. Echo style. This would accentuate the shapes and show off the work of the design.
Kathy said she would machine quilt the names right onto the quilt. She is great at free motioning words.
I said I would rubber stamp the place names and use my all-over-pattern quilting which would make the different shades blend together more. (And keep down any stray edges that wanted to peel up.)
I'm not sure what she has decided to do. But, isn't it interesting how we all had such immediate different ideas? It made me think that even if I feel like I don't have a personally recognizable style, it must be developing.