|Splashes of Color Quilt|
When it was finished, I was disappointed. It didn’t look like the quilt that I had fallen in love with. I put it away since I wasn’t ready to quilt it yet. I didn’t have a sewing machine that did FMQ and I was told not to hand-quilt it since batiks are dense and difficult to hand-quilt.
About a year ago I found the batik quilt top. With trepidation, I unfolded it and lay it over my bed. Wow! It was stunning! It may not have been the soft quilt I wanted but I love it! On my king sized bed I noticed that it almost fit. I showed it to my husband who liked it, so I decided to finish this quilt for our bed. At a retreat I made a few more rows so that I wouldn’t have to fight my husband for my share of the quilt as we slept!
I bought some Tula Pink fabric for the backing as well as king-size batting. I was now ready to sandwich this monster. One day when I had the house to myself, I removed all of the furniture from our kitchen eating space, vacuumed and then lay down the batting. It took the whole space!
|It's the size of the kitchen eating area!|
|Chevy in the middle of the action!|
I then quilted every block. This helped to stabilize the quilt and I was happy to see that I had done a good job of sandwiching the quilt since there was very little puckering.
I FMQ (free motion quilted) between the blocks using Superior Thread’s Bottom Line in both the bobbin and top. I wasn’t sure what thread to use for the actual FMQ of each block but decided to keep using the Bottom Line. It’s very fine and won’t take attention away from the quilt itself. Besides, every block has different colours – changing and deciding on the colours of the thread to use in each block would have been impossible.
Here are my criteria for choosing the quilting design in each of the 8 inch blocks:
- Not very small or dense so that the quilt remains supple;
- Simple enough to FMQ on my home machine (this is a king size quilt!);
- Experimentation, repetition and learning is encouraged; and
- It can be a stenciled pattern, a dot-to-dot pattern or anything else that fits the above criteria.
Since there are 169 blocks to FMQ (13 x 13) this will give me plenty of opportunity to practice these designs. Here is a sampling of the 23 blocks that I’ve done so far. The stencils are mostly from The Stencil Company while many of the FMQ comes from Angela Walters' Shape by Shape book. The marking on each block hasn't been ironed off yet.
|An old fashion stencil, circa 1850|
|More Dot-to-Dot quilting with echoing|
|The Stencil Company (Celtic Flower 7")|
|The Stencil Company (Continuous Teardrop 6")|
|The back of one block|
What I learned:
- You won't get a soft pastel quilt if your fabrics are dark!
- Beware of those expectations. Allowing time to pass can help you change your perspective.
- I have done some FMQ designs that really don't show well, but it's good practice and they are very lovely from the back (see the picture below).
- This is an excellent way of practicing my FMQ. The blocks are not perfect, but the overall effect will be stunning I'm sure.
- These blocks are very time consuming. I've put the quilt away for now so that I can work on other projects.
- Chevy wants to be included in the pictures - besides, pictures with animals are always popular!
|The back of a couple of blocks based on Angela Walter's designs|
I will be linking to these Linky Parties. Come see what everyone else is doing! Free Motion Mavericks, Can I get a Whoop Whoop! Off the Wall Friday. I've also linked Chevy's picture to Pets on Quilts 2017. Check out the cute posts 😊
|Only 146 blocks left to go!|