Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quilting idea's for a quilt.

I wanted to share with you my quilting idea's for Patsy's quilt. 

The first thing I did on this quilt was decide what I wanted to quilt on the border.  I decided to quilt a freehand feather, swirl, pebble filler.  Now that the border quilting design was determined, I knew I wanted to carry those same designs throughout the rest of the quilt.

The other quilting design I wanted to add throughout the quilt was the straight line, piano key like quilting, I did on the outer border.

I took each block and added one of those border quilting designs to it.  My background fillers were either a swirls, feathers or pebbles.

I mixed some feathers and pebbles on this one.  I also wanted this block to stand out because it was the center block and by adding some triangle corner frames...really gave this block a different look and gave it that pop I wanted.  I used the straight lines in the triangles here.

There were two of these blocks on Patsy's quilt and I quilted them the same.  As you can see I've used feathers for the center and some straight lines on the sides. 

I also quilted a parallel line 1/4 inch in from the sides of all the blue blocks.  By doing this, it really helped separate the blue blocks from the green blocks.

..so the next time you are stumped as to what to quilt on a quilt, try to determine your quilting design for your borders first then take those same quilting designs and use them throughout your whole quilt.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Even quilt spacing and feathers.

This is Deb's beautiful quilt.  I really love how it turned out!  I wanted to share with you a couple of little tips I do often.  The first one is trying to figure out even quilting spaces using acrylic rulers.

I used the piecing in this quilt for my reference marks as to where I was going to use my acrylic rulers.

As you can see I used the tips from one corner to the other on this log cabin block for my reference marks.  Since the whole quilt was all log cabin blocks, it made it easy for me to know where I wanted all my arch's to go. 

To create the echo on the arch I used two different size arch's. One just slightly more curved than the other.

Now for the border arch's I also used the piecing as my guide.  I counted all the log cabin strips, including the 1" sashing.  It came to 50 strips.  I divided that into a number that would work with the size of my arch and 5 was the magic number.  So I needed 5 arch's to go the length of the border from sashing to sashing at 10 strips per arch.  I used an invisible marking pen to give me my reference points.  You can see above the 10 piecing strips worked perfect for the arch.  I was lucky for this quilt because it's a square quilt, so the arch's went around the border perfectly on all sides.

Here is a good picture of the arch's on the border and on the white parts of the quilt.

The last little tip I wanted to share with you is about feathers and when you come to an awkward point when stitching your feathers.

You can see above I used the arch as my vine but when I came to that awkward point the arch was not going to work well for my vine....so I made a feather pebble in the corner space then continued on with my next feather petal on top of the last one....then continued on using the arch as my vine again.

Thanks for taking a peek and let me know if you have any questions or thoughts on these little tips.