My First Quilting Design

I’m so excited that for the first time I didn’t copy someone else’s quilting design.  I needed something to fill the large blank block in this Irish Chain quilt.  On other quilts, I have stitched a flower in the center with curls and leaves that go to the outside edge in some small blocks.  However, that design looked gangly in this large space.  So I started sketching and came up with this idea.  Then I needed to devise a way to keep the flowers, leaves, curls, and hooked feathers in position consistently.  Also wanted to have one stop and start. 

Surprisingly, I remembered a stencil I bought 4 years ago when I was just learning how to run my longarm that was no more than registration lines, 8 I think, that intersect in the middle.  I used chalk to mark the registration lines and then decided exactly what I would put in each space.  Then the center was too poofy, so I put a circle of hooked feathers.  It worked out pretty well.  Joanne approved the design and here is the first block stitched out.

Note:  the top of the block doesn’t have the curl because the block is cut off by the border.

Lookin good!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I’m quilting today.

Linda

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