11.15.2016

Happy Daze Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

Stephanie pieced this gorgeous Happy Daze quilt and sent it to me for some custom machine quilting. Stephanine sent me a few ideas, she wanted detailed custom machine quilting, but really gave me free-range to quilt it as I saw fit. 

With the Dresden Plates and the borders I knew that this quilt really was a fabulous quilt to do some fun custom machine quilting. 



I used Quilters Dream Wool batting, I knew that it would help to create beautiful texture but wouldn't be too lofty. 
I used curved rulers, my favorite are by The Quilted Pineapple, to really make the dresdens pop. You all know that I love to quilt feathers, so around each of the dresdens I machine quilted feathers, with a small pebble border around them, this really helped to separate the background from the dresdens and create the beautiful background pattern. I just love it!

In all of the solid borders, except for the green border I machine quilted straight lines. I chose to do this and keep those borders pretty simple because there is so much going on in the other borders that I really wanted to create a place for the eye to rest.

In the outside border I machine quilted a similar pattern to the center of the quilt, around the dresdens. In each of the corners I added in a fun feather motif.
It turned out just perfect! Stephanie also made two pillow shams that coordinate with this beautiful quilt that I will machine quilt to match.

Thanks for letting me machine quilt this beautiful quilt Stephanie!

I used Quilters Dream Wool Batting and So Fine! thread by Superior Threads.

Click here for more information about having me machine quilt for you. 

My machine quilting is done on a Gammill 22" Long-Arm Quilting Machine.

For more machine quilting tips and tricks check out my books; Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Next Steps in Machine Quilting and Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers.

I'm a Craftsy instructor, check out my class; Free-Motion Motifs for Classic Blocks.

7 comments:

  1. How beautiful. I'm doing similar detailed quilting on a Dresden plate and feel inspired by your work!!

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  2. You quit simply have a beautiful flair for quilting! Just gorgeous. And you make it seem easy.... Love it!

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  3. Wow, you have made this a stunning piece of artwork, incredible amount of detail you have put into this quilt.

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  4. This is gorgeous! The quilt is great on its own, but your quilting takes it to a whole new level. I love the blossom look the quilting gives the dresden plates. Thank you for sharing this amazing quilt.

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