I want to talk about the thread and quilting design choices I made. If you're not so interested in that, have a look at the lovely photos and you don't have to read :)
I am lucky enough to be part of a fantastic Longarm Quilters group here in Calgary, and at our last meeting, one of the quilters was asking for advice on choosing designs, and so it is with her (and other quilters with similar questions) in mind that I write this post. She had brought a top to show us, where she hadn't liked the quilting design and picked it out. We could see from the needle holes in the top, that it had been an OK design for the quilt---and what I didn't think of until after was that perhaps it was the thread choice that was wrong.
So, I'll start with my thread choice on this quilt.
And then I tested my tensions---and had a look at the backside, and didn't care for this thread on the backing. I think a quilt needs to look good on both sides--and so I decided to change to the lighter Maple--also yummy, also looking great across the top, and now looking good on the backing as well. These next two photos show both threads---the basting line across the top and side is the Milk Chocolate, the stitching is the Maple.
I can usually find a thread that looks good across a whole quilt, very rarely there is one fabric on a quilt that just won't play with the same thread as the rest, and so I quilt the rest of the quilt and then come back with a different color thread and catch that one fabric where ever it shows up. So, don't be afraid to do that either, if you have to.
Now, it was time to decide the design. The first bit of information to consider is who is the quilt for, and how will it be used? I was told that Noreen was going to use this quilt for her bed. OK then, it might be worth doing a light custom quilting here, to highlight and accentuate the accurate piecing.
I hope Noreen likes it. Her DIL certainly did, and was talking about keeping it. So, Noreen, if you didn't get your quilt back, I might have a good idea of where it is :P