This is Linda’s All Roads Lead to the Sea quilt and the pattern is designed by Country Creations in Alberta, Canada. It is a beautiful pictorial quilt and she asked for custom quilting. I don’t get a lot of landscape quilts so this was a bit of a challenge for me but I enjoy a good challenge. I wanted to add a lot of texture but not distract from the piecing. Started with a simple piano key design in the outer border and large random swirls in the sky. I stitched in the ditch around all the landscape elements and details in the buildings and added glass panes to the larger windows.
Pebbled the pathways with round or angled pebbles. Added gentle waves in the water that flow into the bays, stipple and meander in the grasses and a meander that has the occasional tuft of grass ( my friend Desley’s idea).
The batting is Quilters Dream Blend and I used 18 different colours of So Fine thread! I think that is a record for me. Matching threads to the fabrics is really important for this quilt as I didn’t want the thread to compete with the prints in the fabrics, the goal is to just add texture. The backing fabric is a dark brown print so I used a light beige Bottom Line thread on the back and did not change the bobbin colour.