Monday, 19 May 2014
I could never colour inside the lines anyway.
My quilt top is pieced together and is all ready for quilting. The other evening I dragged my sewing table to the front room in order to use the quilting extension, only to have a quilting nightmare! I had wanted a quick easy quilting design and was just going to quilt diagonal lines - until I realised my normal sewing foot was dragging the quilt this way and that and completely distorting it. The rest of the evening was spent unpicking what I had done. I watched the Masterchef finals with a very grumpy face! Turns out my lack of a machine walking foot is a bit of a problem when it comes to quilting.
I was pondering how I was supposed to quilt this to a deadline. I have a machine quilting foot but straight lines would be very wobbly with that and I didn't want to just stipple quilt it. Then the blatantly obvious occurred to me - the fabric I had chosen for the quilt backing had a perfect quilting pattern already on it! Above is a practice piece where I have meandered along until I came to a flower and hey ho, quilted around it. Not very accurately I grant you, but at my current level of ability I am going for 'naive charm!!!!'
This one is better! Note the uneven stitch length.... 'naive charm???!!!'
I do love how quilting brings out undulations when you use a wadding with some cotton in it. A quick wash of the sample and a bit of an experimentation with the thread tension and I think it could work.