The project we are working on now is contemporary. At first we were not going to quilt the fabric but then when we talked to the client he said he would prefer it. The fabric for the master bedroom is a geometric and Jay is going to outline quilt it. Which means he picks out a pattern in the fabric and follows it with the stitching. We will use just a 4 ounce dacron fill so the spread is not too puffy or heavy.
The other bedspread will be a special design that will quilt little circles in the center of each sunburst.
It is going to look fabulous! I won't finish this post until I can take photos of the finished product.
Here are a few interesting quilt patterns. These I refer to as "machine" quilt which means they are standard patterns and can be done on plain or patterned fabrics but the stitching does not follow the outline of the pattern. The stitching is in a regulated design.
|This is a beautiful machine quilt pattern. I have never seen it before, have you?|
|This is a basic "channel" quilt design.|
|"Squares" is very popular and simple.|
Here is another geometric style. Do you like it? I think it is a variation of a hexagon. It almost looks like the fabric is shirred, but I think it is just the way this fabric reacted to the quilting.
|This design is called "Ivy".|
|This pretty yellow quilt has contrasting stitching in blue just as I was imagining.|
|Here is the reverse of that quilt and just as pretty.|
|Can you see the "Clouds"? Amazing!|
|Outline quilting is perfect for this fun print.|
There are a few things to keep in mind when having your fabric quilted. One is that quilting "takes up" fabric so you might need extra yardage. The other is the amount of fill you use. A standard light weight fill would be 4 ounces, but for a puffier softer feel, use 8 ounces. If you are making a comforter then you might want to increase the fill to 12 ounces. Don't forget to think about the weight of the bedspread. An 8 ounce filled king spread might be quite heavy especially if the fabric is not light weight. I always check with my client to see if they have a preference.
|Here Jay shows how each 4 ounce layer can be multiplied for extra fluffiness. |
I call it the Fluff Factor.
|The dacron comes in gigantic rolls. I wanted to jump on it and see how soft it was.|
I have seen a sofa where the seats are quilted and the frame is in unquilted fabric. For a dramatic look try hanging a quilted panel on the wall above a bed or simply upholster a wall with a quilted fabric. Now that would be dramatic.
Look at these beautiful contemporary pieces. The quilting gives a extra dimension and pattern to each of them. As you can see quilting is not just for bedspreads any more.
I promised I would include the photos of the custom quilting that inspired this blog in the first place.
|Here is the first fabric I brought to the quilter, unquilted.|
|Here is the finished bedspread.|
|This close up shows the accent pillows with contrast trim, |
contrast trim on the shams and the over scaled neckroll pillow.
|You can really see how the pattern in the fabric stands out when it is outline quilted.|
|The quilting on this fabric is very subtle. You can't really see it in this photos.|
|Can you see a bit of quilting? Look closely. The center of every other circle has a small circle in it.|
|The little circles are a little closer and easier to spot.|
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