Hello! I’m Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts, and I’m here to show you how I quilted the Nature’s Window Bison panel today!
The Nature’s Window collection has six different animal panels including bison, elk, grizzly bear, moose, wolf, and deer. The panels look almost like watercolor paintings, but are so realistic! I really love all the animals, but decided to pick the bison (buffalo) in honor of my Kansas roots.
I pin basted the panel with the Grass Brown print from the collection on the back and Warm & Natural batting, then picked some Aurifil thread from my stash that coordinated with the colors in the panel. I chose lots of 50wt threads, but included a brown Aufifil 40/3 thread too.
Then I just put the free-motion foot on my machine (I have a Juki TL-2010Q), and started quilting! These panels are WONDERFUL for practicing free-motion quilting! In the photo above, I used four different colors of thread to make swirls in the fur. I just did random swirls to create texture, putting one color on top of the previous one, but was not concerned at all with being “perfect” on the placement of each swirl. It was so fun to do!
For the grass under the bison, I used several shades of green (and some brown too) to quilt large vertical zig zag lines. Again, overlapping them and not worrying about being perfect! Then I switched to a very pale blue thread to quilt wavy narrow “clouds” in the sky part of the panel.
The texture created from the different quilting designs is so cool! I wish you could reach through the screen and pet this bison fur!
I finished the panel by machine sewing on binding (tutorial for that HERE).