Every once in awhile I quilt a client quilt that I really don’t want to give back, this is one of them! I love the batik fabrics and the pieced pattern which is called Aegean Sea and it can be found in the book Stellar Quilts by Judy Martin. When I put a lot of thought and work into the quilting designs I feel a bit of ownership to it even thought I know it has to be mailed back to it owner. And the owner of this quilt is the daughter of my client Gail who sent me the last two quilts I posted. Looks like she learned the art of quilting very well from her mom!
I was asked to quilt it just like in the book but I like to be a bit more creative and put my own interpretation into the quilting so was given the go ahead to change it up. In the open spaces I created a feather wreath around a pumpkin seed design in two circles. Here is a picture of how it was quilted in the book, you can see I used the pumpkin seed design and the extended feathers from the wreath but changed up the shape of the wreath and filled in more to create more texture and balance.
I repeated the pumpkin seed design in the star blocks, the book only had that design in the center square of the star but I continued and carried it into the background squares to really tie it into the feathered wreath design.
I SID around all the Greek key pieced designs and added loops in the inner and outer border.
Its a large quilt, 99”x99” and covered most of what is left of my ice patch!
I just don’t want to send this one home but I’ll get it in the mail this week Gail, I promise! :)