Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Sunday, 26 September 2021
Anyway, in a mad moment this weekend, I decided I'd give machine quilting another go. No, no, not FMQ as I really struggle with that! I was thinking more along the lines of lots of "organic" texture.
I have zero skills or tricks to share as far as how to machine quilt anything.
For the quilting, I really wanted something to add some texture to all those cream -ve spaces. My goal was not to ruin the quilt top with my quilting.
- This turned out to be a super quick and easy process, why did I put if off for so long?
- Organic straight lines are so fun! Especially since there's no pressure to keep them perfectly straight.
- My first few blocks ended up with slight peaks in the middle, so I reversed things and started in the middle and worked my way out... Quilting101 right!
- It's certainly easier to focus on quilting small areas one at a time, like those 7" squares. BUT I ended up with heaps of threads to bury!
- On chatting more with MrD - we had a lo-o-ong conversation about $$ v time spent - I've now worked out, it would have been heaps easier & quicker to simply travel along a seamline to get over to the next spot! Wished I'd thought of that yesterday!
- While stitching long vertical lines from edge to edge is time consuming, it could be more practical from the point of view of burying those thread ends into the binding, yes? Something I'll definitely consider on my next quilt too.
- I'm thinking lots of simple and functional lines of stitching rather than decorative quilting is the way for me to go in the future!
ADDIT: Options available for securing started/stopped lines of quilting - my personal method is to tie a knot and bury thread tails within the batting layer. I'm going to explore using a self-threading needle, from all the feedback I am getting they make this process quick and easy.
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Super happy with how this little quilt top turned out!I started out faffing about with a small selection of soft & dreamy 2-toned fabrics from Karen Lewis' recent collection "hand stitched". Loving how they look with my scrappy assortment of Liberty prints and a few other rogue florals, very much a Spring feeling vibe happening here 💐
Sunday, 19 September 2021
Saturday, 11 September 2021
I've used a selection of bright & bold bohemian AMH florals along with a few other large scale prints, letting the fabrics do all the work! My version is a little different to the pattern, as I've used the greens as my neutral. I feel a lot of different greens creates an interesting moving, shifting green tone rather than a solid block of one shade.
And initially it was totally unplanned, but as I was joining up my first few rows, I noticed some greens formed a star… can you see them peeking through?
Anyway, yesterday my goal was to finish stitching my hexis together, and then today I took a few photos with the late afternoon sun shining through.