Some of you may recognize this design as a variation of my "Raindrops" pattern with a lot of "border". I was playing around on the computer, thinking about the Project Modern monochromatic challenge (#2) when I set that quilt into a large field (Project Modern quilts need to be 45" x 45"). I didn't pursue the idea for that challenge, but decided to follow the idea for this one.
Even though I designed "Raindrops" a while ago (2008!) setting it in the larger quilt really shows the evolution of my design voice. Back then, I never would have imagined adding so much negative space to a quilt. I love how doing that also let me complete the circles that went off the edge of the original quilt. Another bonus to revising this design was that I love to hand applique and love the idea of hand appliqueing modern quilts.
For the quilting, I went with my standby straight lines. The lines inside the small applique part of the quilt are horizontal and the lines on the larger border area are at about a 30 degree angle. It is hard to see in the small picture, but each of the circles use a different plum colored fabric. The background under the applique is a Lonni Rossi fabric and the large border area is Kona Curry.
I still have a few threads to bury on the back but I'm glad to have met the challenge well before the midnight PST deadline!
Do you have a quilting voice?