Saturday, August 17, 2013
I've started quilting Coins, a quilt I made from Modern Quilting Magazine (2012 issue). The quilt in the magazine had straight line quilting that was quite effective, but I knew it would drive me crazy, so I wasn't going to do that. I like the looks of multiple designs mashed together. I tried that in one ring of the practice pieces I was doing and wanted to try it on a real project. When these photos were taken I'd finished one of the inner strips on the quilt.
This is a wall quilt and not particularly large. The white areas are a white on white fabric. I chose a darker beige thread so it would show on the white fabric.
Leah Day says that if you start using thread you can see your quilting will immediately improve, and I think I'm already seeing improvement.
I take a lot of classes from a lot of teachers, all online, and mostly on Craftsy or The Quilt Show. I've learned that no one teacher has the right combination of techniques for me. I'm using designs and techniques from several different teachers.
This morning I started quilting the second inner strip. Not totally sure what I'm going to be doing with the outer borders. There are borders on the top and bottom too. I think feathers of some kind, but I have not quite figured out what.
This quilt was sandwiched using pins, and a variation of the method that involves controlling the layers with boards. I didn't have the boards, but I would like to get some. The system truly does work and you can do it sitting down. I think you could probably sandwich a baby quilt or a twin sized quilt using this system easily enough.
I find that when I start working on projects that ideas for additional projects come into my mind almost automatically. One thing I'd like to do this year is at least one Christmas project. Another is to learn a pencil coloring technique from the Craftsy class Thread Art that I originally took last year. I've been rewatching the classes and I think I'm ready to at least try out some coloring on my current FMQ practice piece.
Take care all.