I’m finding it challenging to plan the quilting for each block in this sampler quilt. I’m trying to think of motifs I have seen, and I also want to use some unique stitching patterns in each block.
For the centre Swoon block, I started with straight line quilting in the centre star then added the paisley blossom in each blue diamond. One is backwards (left instead of right facing)–I’m not ripping it out. I did the straight line quilting in the background next, then the free motion wavy lines and bubbles to complement the pattern in the purple points — I really like how this turned out.
Not everything I try is perfect, but if I’m taking the time to quilt this myself, I want to have fun with it. Even the 1-1/2″ wide borders around each 12″ block received a variety of quilting motifs. While quilting, I was re-watching Small Machine, Big Quilts, Better Results by Ann Peterson on Craftsy. One of my lightbulb moments was when she described how to plan quilting, moving from least to most dense across the quilt. What I had been doing was moving from block to block with each colour of thread, but changing threads more often so I can follow this density pattern is giving me much better results.
I did use my featherweight on the weekend to finish off the piecing for my Halloween quilt, only 360 days early :). I have a couple of options for the border in my stash (the green shown here isn’t big enough) and I’ll aim to get it quilted next. This gave me a nice break from quilting.
My goal from two weeks ago was to quilt 3 blocks; I’m not really doing it block by block, but I should be able to get this section done this week so I can add on the rest of the batting and re-baste the other 2/5 of the quilt.
In other activities I took my daughter to the Toronto Zoo. The line for the panda viewing was only about 15 minutes, but since this one was sleeping we enjoyed watching the polar bear a lot more.
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