Friday, 4 April 2014

Quilting Warm and Fuzzy

I've nearly completed the quilting on the Warm & Fuzzy quilt. First, I quilted around all the log-cabin diamonds by doing different kinds of loops every few strips (outlining 3 squares in each block) and free-motion quilting around the shapes in the focus-fabric in the middle. (There's a photo of the back below, where you can see the quilting better.)

I have a soft spot for feathers, so decided to make a feather circle in the center of each solid diamond, similar to the this quilt I raffled off to raise money for Doctors Without Borders in 2011.

The blocks on the Warm & Fuzzy quilt are quite a bit bigger, so I made my own template. I only made a quarter and pinned it to the quilt with a sewing pin, rotating it to mark all 4 quarters. It worked well :)

In the solid triangles around the outside, I also quilted feathers, mostly free-hand for a less rigid look. I just chalked out 3 wavy lines and feathered along them. My feathers changed quite a bit between the first and last triangle (I was trying different techniques), but since I quilted tone-on-tone, it's not very noticable. To fill the empty space between the 3 feathers, I added a flower on each side.

Here you can see the quilting around the log-cabin diamonds a bit better:

I like tone-on-tone quilting. One day I will tackle a whole-cloth quilt in white. I love the effect of intricate free-motion quilting on white fabric! I have been looking at a lot of Diane Gaudynski's work, which is gorgeous.

And here's the almost complete top. I am currently deciding whether to quilte the border in burgundy or black on black. And what to quilt in the border. And what colour to use for binding... The black border is a bit oppressive, now that I look at it in this photo. What do you think?

1 comment:

nanci said...

just catching up after months away from quilting and blogging. I see you still love those rich colours. Love the quilt. Still in Europe I see.