This is my sister's quilt. I can't remember the name of the pattern - although she gave me the name. But I am older than her, so I have an excuse.
I originally wanted to do something that radiated in the corner sections. But unfortunately, the corner setting blocks were several inches larger than the center of the quilt - causing some puckering in the blocks and of the border as well:
With the distortion of the border on all four sides, I realized it would be best to do a smallish meandering in the corner sections and extending into the borders. That way I could "pull in" all the extra fabric and make it all lay flat.
Flat, but not straight:
With the machine in my right hand and my left hand on the quilt - pushing the excess fabric around where I wanted it - I started at the top and worked my way down:
Eventually all 4 sides looked like this:
Clear thread on top with Aurifil 50 wt. in the bobbin was used throughout.
The center and pointy pieces were stitched in the ditch, and the white areas were basted so I could unzip the whole quilt from the rack.
While I wait for the thread.
Fortunately, this beauty awaited me:
My customer asked for a pantograph on this 86 X 104 vintage-themed quilt. The colors and fabrics are reminiscent of an old quilt from the 30s or 40s, shown to me years ago by a friend. It had been made by a long-gone relative and found in an attic, and was in perfect condition. The interesting thing about it was that someone had actually machine quilted it - likely on a treadle machine. And the design was a large, open floral and loop design stitched in an off-white thread. It was completely unassuming and quaint, and it opened my eyes to the value of unassuming and quaint quilting designs. Not my usual fare, I will confess, because I can be a real snob about quilting designs.
So when I saw my customer's gorgeous quilt, it instantly reminded me of that attitude-adjusting quilt encounter years ago, and I asked her if I could reproduce that look on her quilt. She agreed.
The quilting design I instantly saw for this quilt was "Daisy Chain" - open and airy and unassuming and quaint:
I considered using "Spring Fling" by Nichole Webb:
And it would've been really sweet. It's open and airy and floral. But it wasn't unassuming and quaint enough. It is sweetly whimsical for sure, but I didn't want any whimsy. My obsessive mind kept wanting that simple repetitive look of "Daisy Chain".
I obviously overthink about overthinking.
And because of that character flaw, I keep falling in love with each row that is stitched:
Aren't the fabrics wonderful?
I chose a thread combination of Aurifil 40/50 in color #2026, which is a perfect, pearly-white with a slight yellow tone. The old antique quilt had wobbly, uneven stitches - which I found endearing. But not endearing enough to duplicate.
However, I did reduce* the stitch length a tad to mimic the old-time look of vintage sewing machine stitches.
"Tad" = I will be the only person who ever notices.
*I actually increased the stitch length. But because I am math-challenged I never get this concept right. I really only reduced the number on the machine - from 10 SPI down to 9 SPI - which in the longarm world means I increased the stitch length. More coffee...