So here is the progress so far on the quilting of this quilt!
I am loving putting into practice the feathers in Angela Walters' Free Motion Quilting With Feathers Craftsy class.
Here is another shot on the other edge of the quilt, where I quilted feathers along the appliquéd vine:
Karen MacTavish's book and DVD, Mastering the Art of McTavishing.
In that picture, you can see a little of a Clouds design out of Gina Perkes' book Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting, great book. I also did one of her block motifs; you can see part of a petal, below the snail. This quilt is a bit of a challenge to quilt, as the blocks are all on point; however, it's progressing slowly but surely. I've spent a ton of time just picking out and deciding on designs. I'm going to keep the shells consistent over the entire quilt top, but I'm doing 2 different designs in each of the 9-patch rows. At this point, I think I will do 4 rows of 2 different designs each, and then repeat that, since there are 8 rows of the 9-patch blocks.
This quilt will go to Florida. Funny, I bought the kit in an adorable blue wicker picnic basket in Cochrane, Alberta, within sight of the Rockies. Little did I know then the quilt would end up in my own Florida condo! For pretty much my whole life, I've wanted to live on the Gulf. I must have spent another very good lifetime there as it has always had such a draw for me, even though I never laid eyes on it until 2004. One month and I'll be back there!