Good Morning, Quilters!
I’ve been busy, busy, busy stitching away on a quilt for my friend, Annie Smith.
You may remember that I quilted one of her blocks several months ago...I was nervous to get started because Annie’s appliqué and designs are award-winning. (She wrote The Ultimate Applique Guidebook: 150 Patterns, Hand & Machine Techniques, History, Step-by-Step Instructions, Keys to Design & Inspiration (including some of the motifs you see here) AND…
Annie is a Quilt Judge!
Did you ever notice that being nervous makes your quilting worse, not better?
I had to put away my desire for perfection and just start quilting.
Once I relaxed, the stitches flowed better.
ANNIE SMITH-AURIFIL DESIGNER
Recently, Annie was asked to be an Aurifil designer. She got to choose 2 sets of 10 threads that will be marketed with her name and her quilt on the label. As part of the promotion, Annie created two quilts and asked me to quilt them!
I was delighted, and (again) nervous…
The flowers are beautiful, and look stunning on the black background… but I have never quilted on black before so this took me out of my comfort zone…(and you know, we are always told that’s supposed to be a good thing?!?)
The good news…I had all of the colors in Aurifil’s new Annie Smith Collection available as my palette.
I started the machine quilting as outlined in my Eight Step to Quilting on Appliqué
To give the design unity, I replicated some of the appliqué motifs in the machine quilting.
The bright colored thread added emphasis to a few design details, while the darker thread receded into the background.
I chose a dark brown thread on the black background. This allowed the quilting to be visible, while not competing with the appliqué.
Annie will be showing the full quilt at Quilt Market in Houston this weekend when Aurifil introduces her new thread collection!
Can’t wait to see her standing in front of the finished quilt!
Photos to follow….
Now back to a little (very little) house cleaning, laundry and maybe I’ll make dinner this week?!
Oh–and emails…I’m way behind on emails…so if YOU sent me an email….
PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only. Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt. For all other purposes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!