We had a client come to us recently asking if we could replicate the quilting design on her quilt that was on the kit picture. She had purchased a kit online and was so taken with the quilt. She just loved how it was quilted!
After finding the name of the kit, which was no longer available for purchase, I was able to hunt down an image of it. With careful zooming in, and some help with a Facebook group for longarmers, I was able to hunt down the name of the quilting design used on the quilt itself.
Since I don’t have a computer on our longarm, and we don’t really do pantographs, I set about breaking down the design into manageable bits I could recreate.
If you look closely at the design itself, it is made up of two connected swirls. Coming in and out of the swirls, there are paisley teardrops nested in the crevacises, and some circles (or large pebbles) to help fill on where the swirls don’t nest.
I printed off an image for reference, and started quilting.
After the first row I got into a groove and figured how I could nest the design with my own variations and flow freely across the quilt.
It wasn’t long until this lap sized quilt was finished!
Doing a design this way can be a creative exercise. It also helps break up the repetitive aspects of edge to edge and adds a more organic feel. It’s different enough from the original design but still retains the overall texture.
I’ve had a few customers bring a reference photo and ask, “Can you quilt this?” and I am always up for it!
Fabric used in this quilt are True Blue from Zen Chic for Moda – and we have some left in stock.