This project file is a few months old … it got left on the shelf when I found more exciting things to virtually quilt.
The most exciting thing was playing with the colour of the virtual quilting thread … and with a few clicks of the mouse the black thread becomes gold, and blends into the quilt more like real quilting.
The applique would be outlined, about one eighth of an inch outside the edges … this makes the applique sit up from the background. The area which is still blank would need some quilting in a real quilt, and I would use a thread which matches the background exactly, and a design which is boring and repetitive. Something like stippling, small massed circles, smallish cross hatch, straight lines.
Every quilt needs some boring bits in the background to fill up the space, and if all it does is fill up the background the areas of patchwork, applique and the areas of formal quilt design can be the stars of the quilt.
Usually my first preference for a quilting pattern is something related to the quilt top design … so a few more clicks of the mouse and the featured quilting design is an echo of the outer border.
The outer border corners are themselves an echo of four blocks near the centre of the quilt.
Here is a confession … I am a hand quilter, but all that boring quilting I would conmsider doing by machine, unless I chose to do cross hatch.