Normally when I make a quilt, I know exactly how I will quilt it at the same time that I'm deciding on the design. This hand applique is a variation of Ester Aliu's Heart's Desire. It was a mystery, free block of the month quilt along. If you are not already familiar with the design, I would encourage you to go take a peek. Go ahead, I'll wait.
As you can see, mine looks very little like the original. I made the center (now the heart/flower in the lower left) month one. Month 2 was the circle of vines with the bird, and 3 more like the top center circle vine with the 3 flowers. As evidenced from the lack of 2 circle-vines, I lost momentum. And enthusiasm. But I had really been drawn in to the whole project by those yummy flowers that you now see on the bottom and left. While I was figuring out how to use lots of them without spending time on things I wasn't in the mood to applique....I thought that including more blank space for quilting made a lot of sense.
Months later, I am now confronted with what, exactly, that quilting might be. I had originally planned on some variation of flowers and leaves. Maybe even trapunto. And my plan also includes using hand quilting as I love the texture that results from hand quilting with a cotton batting. But here is my conundrum which I have chosen to move from the battle in my head to a forum of hand quilters....
1) The only trapunto I have done was a machine quilting technique (extra layer of batting basted with wash-away thread on top, trimmed, sandwiched then topstitched using FMQ). a) Would that work if I went through the same steps and then hand quilted over the basting stitches rather than FMQ? b) Will it be worth the extra time of all hand quilting vs a mixed method approach of machine outlined trapunto and hand quilted fill? c) If I use cotton batting to get the 5% shrink that I like for the added texture, should I use cotton for the trapunto layer, or consider using a lofty poly batting? ( *Gasp* did she really just use the words "machine quilting" and "poly batting" in the same paragraph on THIS blog?)
I apologize for the long wordy post, but promise lots of photo heavy posts over the next few months... provided of course your share your trapunto & silk batting experiences with me now.