A client brought me this beautiful quilt top earlier this year that she had made from fabrics which she had purchased while living in Africa. She made this quilt top for a memory of their time there.
She wanted to have the option of being able to wash it. I was VERY concerned about the colors running since she had not pre-washed her fabrics. So I asked her to take it home and gave her some specific washing instructions (cold water, delicate/hand wash cycle to minimize fraying, with a box or two of those Clorox Color Catchers, and to repeat the process until the rinse water came out fairly clear)
It sat on my dining room table for a few weeks while I came up with a quilting design.
The focal fabric was this gorgeous elephant in the middle. It's one of those waxed prints from Africa made like a batik on a soft canvas. I free motion quilted around all the parts of the elephant, especially those ridges on his trunk, and buried the threads.
I knew I wanted to incorporate a diagonal tile design to repeat the lines of the log cabin blocks.
My client asked that I incorporate this African design into the quilt. So I sized it to fit in 4 corners.
I copied it onto that special thin paper used for quilting, pinned it down and very slowly quilted over the design, burying the threads.
I added an echo around it, separating it from the tile quilting. I stitched over the design several times to make it stand out.
My favorite fabric on her quilt (besides the elephant) was this border batik. I love the contrast of the bright yellows and red/orange against the black (it was also used for the backing) I knew that free motion quilting around the fish and curved lines would add a nice contrast to the rest of the quilting and would make these fish pop.
I was very happy with how it turned out.