Sherry Reynolds employed practically every quilt technique she knows with Eternal Beauty, which won Best in Show at the 2018 International Quilt Festival. She constructed this masterpiece quilt using hand appliqué, curved piecing, painstaking fussy cutting, and pattern matching, not to mention embellishing with crystals and doing all of the quilting on her domestic machine.
Each embellishment is consciously designed and executed for a specific purpose, says Sherry; there’s no frippery, only a desire to tell a story. “I know exactly how I want the quilt to look and ‘read.’ I convey that through design, quilting, and embellishing,” she says. “I’m always up for a challenge and love being creative in both piecing and with the design as a whole.”
For quilters who may want to try their hand at embellishment for the first time, Sherry’s advice is straightforward. “If you choose to add embellishing, don’t just do it for the sake of embellishing. Figure out how it will enhance and ‘ice’ the quilt top. I’m definitely not a random embellisher; each one is specifically placed and has a purpose,” she says.
Read the complete story about Sherry Reynolds’ Eternal Beauty in the January/February 2019 issue of McCall’s Quilting.