September 03, 2022

Usually for this series I choose a quilt that shows an interesting quilting design or technique. But the applique designs in Robyn Gragg's quilt I Choose Joy are so utterly charming that I have to celebrate it!  (See a video version of this post on the Free-Motion Mastery in a Month Channel on YouTube. Please Like & Subscribe while you're there!)

In this lovely quilt, Robyn tells us about so many things that bring her joy, and in the process brings the viewer joy too!

Check out the ducks! They surround a book with "Jane Austen" embroidered it with an applique quill pen (it's not in the detail photo but you can catch a glimpse of it above).

Each cat is different . . . (makes me wonder, does she have seven cats?)

Each robin is different, some flying, some sitting. And the pins in the pin cushion have pearl beads for heads.

I especially love the pig and cows peeking through a "peep hole"!

The medallion in the upper left corner has John 1:1-5 embroidered in tiny lettering in a spiral:  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomeit."

There are so many other hidden surprises in this quilt -- I could look at it for hours!

The quilting is pretty traditional: lines, grids and stippling fill in the backgrounds, with a bit of feather work in places. It is perfect for this quilt, as it lets the applique motifs shine.

Robyn's quilt won a 3rd place ribbon at the AQS QuiltWeek show in Grand Rapids, August 2022. Congratulations, Robyn!

Happy Quilting! ~ RaNae

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