In my previous post I showed how I got to the fully pieced top for Moonstruck. Here it is.
All that’s left is the quilting. For the background arcs (the blue and green areas) I knew I wanted to keep it simple, so I quilted them using concentric arcs. I did this using the walking foot on my machine and spaced the arcs using the width of the foot as my guide (about a quarter inch).
Here it is with the background quilted.
For the moons, I wanted to try to make each one unique. Before I started the actual quilting, I printed photos of some of the moons, and using a Zentangle-like approach, I sketched out possible designs. This helped me get a feel for quilting designs that would work.
Here’s one example of my sketch (on the left) and the actual quilting (on the right).
Here are a couple more examples of sketches and actual results. You can see I didn’t always follow the sketch.
The rust pattern on this moon reminded me of a bird, so I tried to capture that in the quilting.
Here’s another close-up of the quilting:
And one more close-up. For the quilting I used a variety of threads, but mostly heavier-weight polyester and rayon, some of it variegated. I used a bit of metallic thread in the largest moon, but it didn’t behave very well so I quickly abandoned it.
And here’s Moonstruck, finally completed.
Ronny Cammareri: I love you.
Loretta Castorini: [slaps him twice] Snap out of it! — Dialogue from Moonstruck, 1987, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage
Ronny Cammareri: This was painted by Marc Chagall. And, as you can see, he was a very great artist.
Loretta Castorini: It’s kind of little gaudy, don’t you think?
Ronny Cammareri: Well, he was havin’ some fun. — Dialogue from Moonstruck, 1987, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage