Last week it was a finish for The Loch Tower, 26" x 49". (Closeup photos further below--click on any to enlarge.)
The entire background was quilted first, without a backing, to cut down on drag weight at the machine.
Pieced separately, the tower was also quilted separately around each stone, then blocked before being appliqued to the background. (See small photo of the tower back, below left. The stabilizer behind the batting was not removed.)
The photo below shows (somewhat) the dimensionality given by the extra layer of batting behind the tower.
After gluing the tower to the quilted top, the backing was basted on, then firmly attached with additional lines of quilting in various places.
More photos of the finished quilt:
Happy spring (or autumn in the southern hemisphere) everyone!