The Japanese inspired art quilt was loaded on the longarm for quilting, and I knew before I put it on how I wanted to quilt it. There are some fan shapes in the print, and one of my new pantographs has the same feel. I have a lovely golden brown polyester thread that is very close to the gold in the print, and blends well with the sashing fabric and the backing fabric. So, decisions made, the quilting began.
I really wanted to use the pretty pink print for the backing, and this was going to be my first quilt with the bamboo and silk blend batting from Quilter’s Dream called Dream Orient.
But the print wasn’t quite big enough for the longarm. It was only about an inch wider and longer on all sides, and I need at least four inches all around. But it is perfectly acceptable to add onto the backing to make it work. So I added white strips.
Loading it, you can see how this helps. Now the clamps have plenty of clearance from the machine’s base.
I added the strips to both sides.
Loading the batting and then floating the top, you can see how close this is going to be. I will have to be very careful to keep the top straight and within the backing fabric allowance. The top was placed as close to the selvedge edge of the backing as I could get it, without going into the selvedge, to allow all the extra inches at the bottom.
The print that I used for the front has this lovely design, which was a perfect inspiration for the pantograph choice, appropriately the panto is named Geisha!
The upper thread is a polyester with a nice shine in a golden brown, with Aurifil in the bobbin.
It blended well with the gold print, and accented the lines of the cherry blossom fabric print.
Here’s a close up look at the gold and black border print with the thread.
You can see how the print and the pantograph echo each other. Once again, this was not a panel, it was a print that I cut up.
It almost has a ghosting effect, the golden color of the thread works nicely.
A few evenings of hand whipping the binding as I watched the Olympics, and it is done. The binding is the same fabric as the framing. The final size of the art quilt is 53-1/2 x 74. I love the Dream Orient Batting!! It is soft and lightweight, and just quilted beautifully. Congratulations to Margaret who won the Dream Orient giveaway last week. Today is the final chance to enter the Aurifil East Meets West Thread Collection giveaway. See my post on Omiyage. The winner will be drawn tomorrow.
It is hanging on the quilt rod in my fabulous basement studio space. It still needs a label, but I’ll get to that soon. If you would like to see the original post on how I constructed the quilt with Japanese print yardage, click on Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt.
Have you made an art quilt? Have you tried bamboo batting?
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