I have finally started quilting this quilt top, which I made months ago. It is mine so I am playing, going with the flow and really not over thinking it, which perhaps I should do. I have made it through two levels so far. I’m figuring out what designs I like best and how I can use them. I am caught somewhere between modern quilts and traditional quilts in my designs.
Regarding the piecing of the border, I know that linear fabric is difficult. I couldn’t resist this fabric because it reminded my of my grandmother. Every time yellow and blue appeared together, she’d start talking about the Swedish flag. So you see, I had to purchase it. This print works much better in the stars than the border, in my opinion, mainly due to my imprecise cutting. What I do like is how the quilting totally disappears in this busy fabric. I used a slightly gray thread, which is apparently still my ‘go to’ thread.
I used free hand swirls, which is a design I find easy and fun to do.
You can see the linear design I used in the stars more.
This quilting reflects my favoring feathers, swirls and ribbon candy.
Please note that I have not trimmed and buried my threads yet, so these pictures are a bit messy. The third to the last picture shows that I marked the quilt in the stem of the feather. I don’t usually do that, but I thought I would experiment. I usually use pins for limited marking. I tested this air erase pen. Within 20 minutes, the test markings erased. But, as things go, on the quilt the ink did not erase. It’s no issue on this one as I am going to wash the quilt anyway and it will wash away. In the future, I might get some chalk, which I can brush away. I wouldn’t want this to happen with another quilt, a customer quilt particularly. Any recommendations on a good erasable marking system?
Regarding custom quilting, do any of you reach the point where you are happy with every piece of it? I am no where near that point and wonder if I ever will be. Pantographs seem to be the best method for customer quilts. I’ll keep the custom quilting to my own quilts. Happy quilting!