Today I photographed my Trellis quilt, based on a design from Friedlander’s book Savor Each Stitch. This quilt is whole cloth applique, and it was entirely hand-stitched except for the border, the quilting and attaching the binding to front of the quilt.
The foreground of the quilt is a colorful print called Seaside Stripe in Pink from Sunsational by Maude Asbury. The background print is Menagerie in Timberwolf from Indian Summer from Sarah Watson. The border is also Menagerie, but in Onyx. In general, I was inspired by the print on print version of this quilt Carolyn had in her book.
For the back of the quilt, I used Crosshatch in Grey by Carolyn Friedlander, a fabric I happen to have a lot of that goes with just about everything.
The border is Kona Cotton in ivory.
I quilted a 4.25 inch grid of on-point squares over the whole quilt. I really wanted the focus of the quilt to be on the applique and the fabrics, and I didn’t want the quilting to distract from that. This was the most unobtrusive approach I could come up with. I used 50-weight thread, and if I were to do it again, I might use 40-weight given how sparsely it’s quilted. I’m a little worried about it holding up.
Once again I used Quilter’s Dream Orient batting. I just love the drape of this batting. It’s thin enough that it’s easy to quilt, and it’s thick enough to give the quilt a little bit of volume. My only complaint is that it’s not all natural, but I guess you can’t have everything.
Needle and Thread
I sewed the entire quilt using 50-weight Aurifil Mako in White.
For the hand applique, I used these Milliners needles. I tried the applique needle recommended in Savor Each Stitch, but the eye was so small, trying to thread it drove me bananas. These needles are nice and long, but super thin and flexible with a reasonably large eye.