I love getting phone calls from Joni at Quilter's Haven! I love the fun quilts she asks me to quilt because I get to 'go to town' on them! This Churn Dash quilt was no exception. Joni's only request was that crosshatching be incorporated into the quilt design. It took me a full day of auditioning quilt designs on preview paper, but I love the final result!
The hardest part for me is figuring out what to quilt in the darker fabric where the quilting doesn't show as much. I want a design that shows off the fun fabric and doesn't try to overpower it with quilt lines. As you can see in the picture above, I did crosshatching in the blue fabric and took the crosshatching a step further in the white fabric with the continuous curve, which gives a diamond look to the squares.
The center medallion was a doodle I had drawn a few weeks earlier. I embellished it with lines and circles for a stunning effect.
I loved the green dot fabric and got a lot of my design inspiration from it.
I did get frustrated at one point in the designing process and made a quick order on Amazon (and actually paid for the one-day shipping) to get Judi Madsen's new book 'Quilting Wide Open Spaces.' I love her quilting and her book is full of inspiration. I have to give her credit for the border of this quilt.
This was such a fun quilt to quilt!
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 and Wool
Thread: Superior So Fine 401