The black outside borders were quilted in a feather/fern motif using black Bottom Line thread.
Since this is an alphabet quilt after all, I quilted the alphabet among the feather/fern quilting all around the black border as well. The letters are barely visible:
The letters are easier to see from the backing:
The binding was machine applied and has a faux piping. The binding was sewn down from the front using the Superior gold metallic thread.
I used the Superior gold metallic thread to quilt a scroll motif in the narrow black sashing:
I embellished the entire quilt with gold colored hot fix crystals. I applied a single crystal to each small star in the blocks and blue border:
I applied a single crystal to each appliqued black letter:
Where there was some sky in a block I applied crystals to look like twinkling stars:
I gave this flower in the border a crystal choker:
The sheep have crystal eyes:
The rest of the flowers along the lower blue border:
I sewed a star shaped button in the center of each of the large appliqued stars in the blue border:
The backing is an olive fabric with black dots on it:
Some trees in the blue border:
Maybe you can see some of the other crystals and gold metallic quilting in this little video featuring each block. Turn the volume up, press the arrow and enjoy:
It was fun, but I’m glad it’s done!