The Italian
Quilt ...

I've started the quilt for our queen size bed. The design is based on our wonderful trip to Italy this past fall. The part that covers the bed is my interpretation of the beautiful marble floor and frescos we saw in the duomos.

I am going to build the quilt in sections and then sash it all together. So... I'm about ready to build the quilt sandwich (add the batting and backing) and start the machine quilting. I will stabilize it all together by stitching down all the seam lines with a walking foot, hiding the stitches by stitching in the ditch starting in the center and working out. Then I will put in the free motion quilting... This is where I need help/ideas! 
I have no idea what the design should be! 


  1. This is going to be stunning. I would go with an overall swirly design, perhaps using a different design in each section as you go. I think the central medallion will stand out no matter how it is quilted, but I would really emphasize the roundness rather than the angular nature of the center. I am really looking forward to seeing your progress on this.

    1. Thanks Karen. I'm really excited to start the quilting. I plan to do a circular design in the medallion.
      Hugs from Mary


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