This quilt was started a couple of years ago, and sat, languishing and forgotten in my WIP pile for a long time. I decided it was a fun quilt to play with custom quilting, and here we have the finished product, called Vintage Berry Tart. It’s a bright explosion of colour, especially with the magenta shot cotton background. You can see details on originally making this quilt in May/June of 2014 HERE, HERE and HERE.
The finished quilt measures around 69″ square and has been densely quilted with a mixture of freehand and ruler fills, while still allowing the patterned fabrics a place to play.
The background was all stitched with a perfectly matching So Fine 50wt thread, allowing the texture to show up without the actual stitching lines. Around the outside border is a mixture of blocks and flourishes, whilst in between all the blocks is a repeat of the square designs overlapping densely stitched matchstick quilting. Each block has a unique freehand fill inside, whilst the actual patterned fabric is stitched very simply in white thread.
The backing was a fun chance to use up some larger stashed pieces, as well as some leftover vintage sheeting. The magenta quilting shows up quite dramatically on most of it, whilst the white thread blends in more.
The best part of the quilting design in the background is that it completely blends out all the sashing seams, making the whole background appear to be almost seamless. Many of the inner block fills mimic the fabric print designs, as seen in this sample above, with a twisted ribbon vine. Not so clear is the binding fabric, which was a stripe for three quarters of the quilt and a piece matching the background for the remainder as a bit of a twist.
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