First things first, much as I might want to, I can't take creative credit for this completely amazing project. It was made by my friend Heather for her son's nursery, and she turned it over to me *cough* last October to do the raw edge applique, quilting and binding. Have I mentioned I'm more of a gypsy, Type B person before? Yeah. Unless you give me a set deadline, things tend to....well...languish around my house for a while until I draw up the gumption to finish : /
Believe it or not, she was 7 months pregnant when she started on this wall hanging, so right about now I can fully appreciate how hard it was for her to crawl around on all fours cutting up a giant wall map, tracing all the fabric pieces, laying them out, ironing *shudder*...HATE ironing, and then finishing up all the tiny border piecing. Makes my back hurt just thinking about it. By the time she had it ready to quilt, I think she was about 8 months pregnant, so she made me an offer I couldn't refuse (ummm...HEATHER ROSS seagull fabric!) and asked me if I'd finish it for her. I would have done it without the fabric bribe, but that can be our little secret ;)
And look at the wee little heart she embroidered over New Orleans! Awwwww!
After I finished the raw edge applique, I must have looked at about 5,000 pictures of quilted "water". That's part of the reason it took me almost 10 months to finish, because I didn't want to ruin her masterpiece and kept waffling over the quilting motif.
I finally decided most of the examples I'd seen out there wouldn't work because the quilting was so dense and intricate that it would take away from the rest of the quilt. So I went with a simple wave motion, spaced 1" apart. I LOVE the texture it gives the quilt when you view it from a distance. Can't wait to see how it looks on the wall in her babe's nursery!
And on a side note, God bless my new-ish Pfaff, because I shudder to think about what it would have been like to FMQ this on my tiny old machine! The Pfaff is like buttah, pure buttah!