Early calimanco wool quilt with a shiny surface
People have questions about how to quilt their traditional applique.
Perhaps the best answer is:
I took this picture at the Winterthur Museum of their early Quaker silk strip quilt:
Three fancy patterns and a diamond grid. The filler quilting pattern behind the feather on the
right is diagonal straight lines.
A feather quilted border is a classic from 1800 through the 1930s....
An important style in quilted petticoats of about 1800.
The filler pattern here is diagonal lines meeting in chevrons.
Filler quilting---a diamond grid
Filler straight lines
Filler grid on the left of one inch squares
Filler squares both on point and on the straight.
Do note how the feather covers three borders.
If you've left some plain areas for fancy quilting do consider feathers.
There are plenty of templates out there to
buy for hand quilting.
Turning corners is the hard part. Here's an old Mountain Mist
pattern with a good solution.
Just remember you have to decide upon a filler pattern;
you can't just quilt a feather and leave it floating by itself.
Many of you will hire the quilting done by a long arm quilter,
a very traditional solution (well, not the long arm, but the hiring the quilting.)
Barter not much done anymore though.
The hardest part about hiring the quilting is communicating what you
want done. It might help to have some pictures.
Do a web search for long arm feather quilting to see some style.
Feather quilting is quite fashionable now with prize-winning
long-armers like Jane Hauprich. But this remarkable trend often doesn't
replicate the old-fashioned look. The quilting dominates and you are
probably looking for something that plays supporting role to your patchwork.
Find a couple of pictures you like.
Or hire these guys.
Angela Walters at QuiltingIsMyTherapy
Look at the filler behind the feathers too. I have heard it is easier for long arm designs to echo the curves rather than use the traditional straight line fillers.
Next week: Other traditional looks.