Snails Trails

IMG_7564My LQS asked me to quilt this for them. I could use whatever design I wanted but it needed to be custom. IMG_7555

I have never actually custom quilted this popular design. I haven’t had many come across my frames…..but when they have they have been a secondary type design. I have quilted them with 3-D turtles…and a buggy barn edition with some jagged edges that were part of the design. So those got all over type designs. They were all beautiful and unique. IMG_7565 IMG_7566 IMG_7567

This quilt is all Snails trails and that is the design. So I got the opportunity to bring out that element. It took me awhile to come up with the design because I wanted to make it SING! I wanted it to be different than anything I had seen before……IMG_7561 IMG_7562 IMG_7560

In actuality I hadn’t paid attention to quilting designs I had seen before for this type of quilt. So I went to pinterest. I wanted to see other people’s interpretations. I actually try not to do this unless I am stuck. I was still stuck because there wasn’t a whole lot out there that had been custom quilted. So I was basically on my own again. 🙂

So that’s when sketches and what not come into play. In the end this is what I came up with. IMG_7556 IMG_7557 IMG_7558

The shop quilts have to be quilted so they can be “attainable”. What that means is that when people see them hanging  in the shop if they look to complicated or the quilting is to dynamic..they will shy away from it. So there is a balance that needs to be maintained to sell product….

But there are times when you can make the quilting shine. This quilt is made from scraps and perfect for the patterns and the quilting just makes it sparkle. I don’t think it’s over the top….but just enough. 🙂IMG_7559

I used two layers of batting. Cotton W&N  and a layer of Hobbs polydown. It just gives it that much more definition.

Here’s the back. IMG_7563

I am glad I got this opportunity! Thanks to The Fabric Patch.


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