Monday, March 12, 2012

Getting Up Close with Special Area Quilting

 on two Dresden Plate Quilts



When flipped over to the back side of the quilt you can really see the stitching, when a light solid backing fabric is used.  On the front of the quilt there is a dark brown border that needed a dark thread for the quilting, so on the back side against the cream fabric it really stands out very nicely.
When I quilted these two quilts, I quilted them side by side on my quilting machine, because they were for two sisters and my customer wanted them quilted the same. This worked out perfectly for me.

Here's a few up close photos of the front and back of the quilt.
My customer created these two quilts using vintage clothing items from the mother of the two sisters.  That's why there had to be two matching quilts. What a wonderful way to display favorite clothing pieces in a quilt.  Makes a beautiful memory quilt.
Vintage and older fabrics are sometimes hard to work with.  Sometimes they stretch and pull and pucker up.  Tonya did a beautiful job constructing these two quilts. I chose to quilt the dresden plates with a swirly gig in each section.  Then I stitched a wiggle line spiral in all the centers.
I stitched a wavy double ribbon with lazy daisy flowers in the dark brown border.
 I used a dark thread on the dark fabrics and a light thread on the lighter sections.
And meandering with little lazy daisy flowers in the background areas.







Up close of one of the center spirals on the back side of the quilt.



Tonya created these two beautiful quilts for a customer.  She will be posting about it soon at Hillbilly Handiworks

Enjoy your day!

28 comments:

iluvmybugs said...

These quilts are beautiful and your quilting is amazing Marcia!!!! They are going to love them!
~Terry~

Connie said...

These are so beautiful! Your frame must be huge to have them both on at the same time! As always I love seeing your quilting and I have a couple Dresden blocks that I now know how to quilt! Thanks for linking!
Quilting by the River Linky Tuesday

Vroomans' Quilts said...

They are just wonderful Marcia! Beautifully done and I hope these sisters appreciate all the hard work that went into them.

Lida said...

You have done a great job! Both look really almost identical! The sisters will be happy with this result! Greetings
Lida

Sue Daurio said...

They are wonderful! What a great idea to quilt them side by side, I never would have thought of that. Lovely quilting.

Belinda said...

I bet Tonya was over the moon when she saw these! I just sat here looking at them while drool ran down my chin. You just keep amazing me Marcia!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I've been waiting since 4 am...then realized I've been sitting there watching your zipper post and kept going back to it in my browser. Good grief.

I love the work that you did on these. They are so beautiful!

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

They are awesome looking quilts and the quilting makes them even more beautiful! I love the pictures of the back where we can see the actual quilting. I bet Tanya will be hopping up and down when She sees them. Great job Marcia! :)

Mrs.Pickles said...

very pretty

Cherie said...

Wow that's some amazing quilting!! Love the Dresden blocks!!! =D

Quilting Lodge said...

Holy Cow that is beautiful quilting! I'm so jealous...I still stipple a lot because I'm scared to try fancier stuff. You did an awesome job!

Vicki @ Quilting Lodge

Melissa Corry said...

Your quilting is just so beautiful!

Kat said...

Marcia, the quilting is spectacular! I know these sisters will be so happy with them both. You have inspired me to try more designs with my quilting!

Fabrics N Quilts said...

Great job! The quilts & quilting are beautiful! Whoop Whoop!

M-R said...

They are both beautiful, Marcia! Such attention to detail. I like hearing your decision making process for the quilting. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

syglad said...

Beautiful carpet. Have a nice weekend ..

Suzanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilts! And what a lovely keepsake for the vintage fabrics. Your quilting is beautiful.

Linda said...

I love the quilting design

Artfulife said...

Beautiful Quilting!

Shay said...

I love the quilting on the Dresden Plates themselves. That's gorgeous.
I would never have thought to do something like that.

Your quilting is so amazing and inspiring Marcia.

Sarah Craig said...

Really beautiful quilting, Marcia! Whoop whoop!!

Quiet Quilter said...

Such imagination! Your quilting is amazing.

Happy Turtle said...

Wow! They're beautiful!
Carol

Michelle Ridgway said...

Beauitful Marcia. I do love a Dresden plate.

katie z. said...

Your quilting is amazing. Good work!

Diann said...

I just love how gorgeous the back of the quilt looks! A beauty for sure! Thank you for sharing at TTF and have a wonderful week!

Doni said...

Marcia, I love those Dresdens! They evoke memories of my grandmother and her bed...
Lovely job on them!
Thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!!
Blessings, Doni

Six Sisters said...

These are wonderful! Thanks for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters