Beginning something new is always a shot of adrenalin to the creative flow. While pouring over a stack of Machine Quilting Unlimited magazines, an article by Jenny Bowker (May 2011) called “Starter Scrap Quilting” piqued my interest. Jenny likes to start with a small scrap of large-print fabric, add borders, then extend the pattern of the print out to finish the design. Her extensive library of quilting designs finishes the quilt, truly making it her own.
I used this idea in 2007 — in a reverse mode — to finish Peaches. The hibiscus print was perfect to work with the photograph of my exotic peach-faced lovebird perched atop a cyanotype print of a hellebore leaf. But the solid blue line butted up to the print was too abrupt. My solution was to quilt the design across the border, then paint the design additions. The border became an integrated part of the whole design element.
Quilting in progress: