Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gilding the Lily, Part 5

As you can see, I finally settled on a traditional layout for my Carolina Lily quilt. Plain alternate blocks give those busy lilies some much needed breathing room. They are now the focal point of the quilt, without overwhelming the whole design.

Those 15 ½” setting squares and 7” borders provide yet another opportunity for choice, this time, of a quilting motif. Will I decide on something tasteful or will I cross the line again, between classic elegance and over embellishment? Wait and see.

I found a gorgeous inspiration quilt at Feathered Fibers (Click the photos for more incredible detail). Everything about this quilt is perfect. In fact, if I had seen it 18 years ago, it would have saved me a lot of grief in the design department! 

Let me know if you can recommend a machine quilter who stitches like that! Thanks.


  1. Gorgeous!!! I love the inspiration quilt with all of the beautiful work on it too.

  2. Why not send it to Carla and have her quilt it for you? She does beautiful work!

  3. this is going to be a beautiful quilt, can't wait to see it quilted. hope all is well!

  4. I can heartily recommend my long arm quilter - please visit quilting4u.blogspot.com and check out some of her online customer quilt photo albums. Chris is also a fan of Carla's so she'll totally understand your inspiration quilt.

    Good luck!

  5. I love how this came out...isn't it awful when we just second guess ourselves....