It is quilted. This quilt, designed and machine pieced by me is now quilted by me. It has 100%, perhaps more like 110% of my sweat, tears and blood in and on it. I began this quilting project thinking, "How hard can it be?" Could I have been more naive. I designed this quilt with my 10 year old son. We spent several days adding, subtracting and generally goofing around until we had the pattern the way we wanted. Then I began cutting and sewing. Midway through the project I had to take a time out for less than lady-like behavior.
After several weeks and a pieced back we were ready to go again. I loaded the quilt on my long-arm machine and there it sat. I was not concerned. This happens to me a lot. I am wait for some sign, idea or image to pop into my head and lead me in a direction. Once the waiting is over I work like an obsessed woman. I often feel like if I don't work quickly enough my ideas will disappear.
I went way, way, WAY out of my comfort zone and tried lots of new designs. Some of them I love and some I will never use again. But I experimented and I am excited that I did. Look at the new things I learned about quilting. I used 6 new designs! Many if not all of the new designs I attempted are from Leah Day's 365 days of filler designs. If you haven't checked it out yet do it now. All of the new designs I put in the center of the squares and rectangles. I needed a smaller space to be able to use these designs and it seemed like the perfect application.