It has been over two months since I have added anything new to this blog! I have been quilting (among other things) and I hope this quilt makes up for the long silence.
Reneta made this wonderful quilt top from a tutorial by Jackie Padesky . (Reneta did change the pineapple tops slightly.) Reneta loved this quilt top and decided it deserved some "super dense over the top fabulous quilting". No pressure! How to handle the pineapples came fairly easily, but it took me a long time to decide what to do as the background spaces in the quilt were not symmetrical. Once I had the idea to include the "hibiscus like" flowers the rest fell into place.
I used two layers of batting to make the quilting really pop. A layer of Quilter's Dream Blend on the bottom, followed by a layer of Quilter's Dream Puff on top.
Reneta had a pieced backing, and although things turned out fine, I wouldn't recommend this much piecing on a back with dense quilting on the top, as the risks for a pleat or a messy looking back are high in my opinion.
I have quilted many quilts for Reneta and she always has a vision and often challenges my creativity. This time she challenged me to step outside my box to complete her vision and I am really glad that I did. I think I might need one of these for myself!