I received a ton of emails. I am still trying to read through them all, but many were asking about the quilting specifics, so I am going to try and answer them the best I can. I took a lot of photos as I was quilting to help me remember how I did things. Hopefully, those will help you visualize my process.
How did I come up with the design? Did I premark?
I had some ideas in my head after doing some research, but I didn't come up with the design until the quilt top was on my machine. That's how almost all of my quilting ideas come to fruition. Usually, I cannot "see" the design until the quilt is on the frame. It's kind of like...do you remember those prints where you have to stare at them and then all of the sudden the image pops out like its 3-D? Well, that's kind of what it's like for me when a top gets on my machine. No, I did not premark. I rarely premark on any of my quilts. Only if I have to. I do draw on my whiteboard quite a bit, though. I like to get a feel for the design by drawing it first. That's a big help to me. That really helps me weed out designs that don't work. Here are some different drafts I tried for the corner motif, none of which I went with, but it's better than picking out of a quilt!!! :-)
What templates did I use? I made a couple of my own out of card stock. Some circles, a tear drop and one for the spines of the feather design within the quilt. This one is for the spine of the feathers within the quilt.
Deloa's Boomerang 15", Rhonda's small Curved Crescent Moon and Fine Line Continuous Curve Rulers. They each brought a little something different to the design. All trial and error until I came up with what looked like I wanted it too. I LOVE the Fine Line Rulers.
Did I turn the quilt? That's when a longarm quilter will quilt down the quilt, remove it, turn it so the borders that were originally going down the sides will now be on the top and bottom, repin and quilt. There are times when it's easier to quilt borders and certain designs by doing this. Sometimes I do this. Depends on the quilt and circumstances. I did not on this quilt. I quilted as much as I could in the space and then I would advance the quilt as I go. Quilting the borders along the way. This is a large quilt at 90" x 90", so turning it would have been somewhat of a task. It was just simpler for me to quilt as I go. This is why it's really important to practice quilting feathers and designs in every direction. It does take practice and time to train your brain!!!
It's a good thing I can understand my notes!! LOL!
Batting and Thread? Batting- Hobbs Wool. I wanted the applique to have a trapunto look, so the wool was the perfect choice. I will be doing a batting post soon too. Thread- So Fine #490. I used 1 and 1/2 spools of thread!! That's a lot!!! After I quilted the first border, I used quite a lot, so I ordered another spool to be safe. It's a good thing!!
I know this is a long post, but I hope that helps answer the questions I received. I had photos from before it was quilted and the back of the quilt, but I somehow lost them when I had to get a new phone. Long story...but I'm on my 3rd iPhone. The back was amazing!!! It looked just like a wholecloth quilt. I believe I sent LB some photos, so I might be able to post one.
I can't wait until October when the issue of Love of Quilting comes out!!! This is a gorgeous design that would look amazing in other color ways too. Lots of possibilities. I would love it in one of the lighter shades in LB's fabric collection. A red and tan or cream quilt would be stunning!! I, of course would machine applique, though!! :-)
I will post about Midnight Harvest next!!! :-)