I know that it sounds sappy, but my quilts, like my children, are a part of me. As joyful and sometimes cranky as a child. They are my creations. Some will grow old with me while others will leave the nest too early. The one thing that is consistent is that they will be appreciated where ever they are. It may be weird comparing quilts to my children, but as my two young adults grow older and eventually leave the nest, I will still be creating. The mother in me is very thankful for this.
A Beautiful Day
|A Beautiful Day Baby Quilt|
Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)
I needed something that would be appropriate for a baby or child, but that was gender neutral. I wanted triangles but also curves to provide contrast. I would have loved to have densely quilted the piece but it needed to be perfect for cuddling.
|The FMQ curved strip of flying geese crosses the quilt|
I drew a few sketches and finally decided on the curved strip of flying geese going across the quilt to divide the space.
|The sun coming up in the lower part of the quilt|
|Through the shadows, you can see the moon behind a cloud|
If there's a sun, then you need a moon! I FMQ the moon in grey while I used a variegated yellow thread for the rest of the quilt. It's subtle but I wanted to contrast the sun and moon. Again, I quilted within the moon - three swirls symbolizing mother, father and child.
|The quilted strip and border|
I quilted in the ditch around the flying geese and then continued the pattern across the strip. I used on-point squares in the outer border, with a little curl inside them.
The back of the quilt is great, although the picture doesn't to it justice.
|The back of the quilt|
What I learned:
- I'm not sure if it's because I designed it or if it's because it was a baby quilt, but A Beautiful Day was truly a labour of love.
- This was the first time that I've FMQ on a larger scale - it's much more difficult! I found it hard to keep the longer lines flowing and straight. I have to work on stopping and starting at the same point. Too many times I created a little hiccup between stopping and starting.
- The larger scale also means being more careful about stitch size. It had to remember to significantly speed up the needle when my hands moved faster.
- The difficulty in quilting on a larger scale is my lack of practice on larger pieces. I almost always practice my FMQ on smaller pieces, which means smaller scale.
- It was also difficult to find the "juste milieu" - the middle ground between too much quilting and not enough. I learned this from fixing the quilt my mother made for my son. If there isn't enough quilting, the fabric will bunch up, get caught and rip.
- The on-point squares in the outer border are too large. Since I quilted these last, I should have trimmed the quilt before quilting these.
I was able to access Photoshop - so here's a better picture.
|A Beautiful Day Quilt for a special mother and baby|
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