William Morris Applique

September 16, 2011

So it's been one of those weeks.  You know the kind where you just want to draw a big red line through it on the calender, be glad it's over and move on to the next week.  It all started with jury duty.  Honestly, it really doesn't bother me to do my duty to serve as a juror, but the whole process could be a little more convenient.  Not being able to call until after 5:00 PM to find out if you need to report and then having to report by 8:15 AM the next morning.  I had to leave my house by 7:30 AM just to barely get there on time, which meant Scott had to leave late for work to make sure the girls got off to school.  Then, to sit there for hours and just wait and wait.  More like stewing.  LOL!  Oh well, it's over now.  Moving on...Elaina came home sick Wednesday.  Poor thing.  I picked her up just in time for her to get sick as soon as we walked in the door.  Good times.  I know things are looking up because Karen from the shop called me to tell me that my FQ bundle of Ruby is in!!!!!  Yippee!  I'm going to pick it up tonight while the girls are at dance!!  I'll probably just sit in my car and admire each FQ.  Now that's therapy!! :-)

I need to show the pics of Ellen's finished quilt that I just gave you a peek of.  It's actually a baby quilt pattern from the book More William Morris Applique by Michelle Hill. Since everyone seems to enjoy a lot of photos, I won't disappoint. :-)
It's amazing how different a quilt can look by your fabric choices.  Ellen did not go with traditional William Morris style fabrics.  I love how it turned out!
I had a hard time choosing quilting for this one.  The quilt has a whimsy look, but yet a little formal at the same time after looking starring at it.  It's a busy quilt.  The curling feathers really looked the best in the border.  It created a beautiful frame around the quilt.  I chose to freehand the spine instead of pre-drawing with my circle templates.  I wanted a less formal and free flowing feather.

I'm not a huge fan of stippling, but really after trying several other background fills, it really was the best choice.  It needed to be simple.  Scott kept asking me why I didn't want to quilt the puzzle pieces.  Funny, that's what he calls stippling.  He's right, that's what it looks like!  I tried to explain to him that these feathers were like "Filet Mignon" and stippling was like "hamburger."  LOL!  I think the stippling was a perfect compliment, so maybe it was more like a nice Bearnaise sauce. :-) Nice job, Scott!

The back.

I chose to go with a light creamy thread top and bobbin to give the back all that pretty texture.  Except for one spot. 
Cute little addition to the flowers.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilting and it is perfect for that quilt.

    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful... stippling is often over done but sometimes it's just plain perfect!

    Hope Elaina is feeling better!

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a wonderful quilt - I love her fabric choices. The quilting adds to the beauty, too - great job!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love all those feathers! They really make the quilt. Hope you find some time to rest (and sew!) this weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh. Wow.

    What a wonderful piece of art!! The quilting you chose is exactly right for this quilt. You did an amazing job of making this a true heirloom.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What an absolutely beautiful baby quilt. I have just done a baby quilt and wish it looked like that!! Can't show mine yet as the person it is for reads my blog! Lovely lovely quilting....as usual. xx

    ReplyDelete
  7. Outstanding design on those corners. Beautiful workmanship by both you and Ellen. I love stippling.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm seriously drooling over your feathers, the corners are divine!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ellen must be squealing with joy! Great job, once again, Linda! I hope Elaina feels better soon and you have a better week!
    Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  10. your quilting is just lovely. I tend to hold back on stippling, it seems too easy, right? But sometimes it's just the thing. I'm especially think so on a baby quilt that is possibly going ot get a lot of use and there by a lot of washing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sometimes stippling is what a quilt needs though...especially baby quilts. I love the fabrics in this quilt and the whole look is perfect. Very sweet.

    Hope your Elaina starts feeling better soon too

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a beautiful quilt. I'm glad she chose those fabrics over the traditional ones. I love your quilting. Your feathers are perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I understand how you feel about stippling. I don't like it much either. But you have to do what is best for the quilt. In this case, I think it's perfect. It doesn't detract from the beautiful feathers in the border or from the wonderful applique.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Bless Elaina and you! I love Ruby too :)
    The quilt is gorgeous! I love the stippling with the feathers ... perfect for the quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a nice treat for yourself... and right before the weekend! Can't wait to see what you do with Ruby!
    You worked magic on that quilt. The back looks as wonderful as the front.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Awesome quilt and awsome quilting!! As usual!! I was called for jury duty in the Spring. I know exactly what you mean. Commenting from the skating rink this time......Michele

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a cute quilt , lovely fabrics and your quilting really is perfect for this masterpiece and I think the stippling looks great here .

    ReplyDelete
  18. Great quilt...she must be thrilled. Hope next week is a little less challenging!

    ReplyDelete
  19. You are a wizard - everything you touch is magical! I love this, Linda, and I hope you have a better week next week!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Gorgeous quilt - I love the quilting and think the stippling was the perfect choice to work with the applique and the feathers. Hope jury duty is over now?

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love the fabrics used, and the row of ducks is just great. I think you're right with the stippling, anything else would have been too much, but the feathers in the borders are perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Sometimes stippling is right for the quilt when the quilting needs to take the back seat. You made the right call with this one.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Your quilting is amazing! The stippling is perfect and your feathers - unbelievable!
    I wish you a wonderful new week.♥

    ReplyDelete
  24. What a wonderful baby quilt. It does look very different in those fabrics.

    ReplyDelete
  25. What a happy quilt, with those fabrics. Great quilting too!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Totally gorgeous and wonderful compliment of quilting choices. I love seeing the quilted fronts but always enjoy the back as much.

    ReplyDelete
  27. As always, looks beautiful. I can't believe it's William Morris! I have the first book (didn't know there was a second). I want to do something from that first book, but I don't feel "ready." Intimidated by it, I guess.

    ReplyDelete

I read, enjoy and appreciate all the comments you leave for me! Please if you do not have a blog, leave your email so I can reply to you. Please be sure if you are not a "no-reply" blogger do your email is available so I can reply to your questions. Thanks so much for stopping by!