Finally starting Mom's quilt
I think I showed you this photo last week. It's a quilt that Mom made and I've had it here ready to quilt for a couple (or a few) months. I got it loaded last week and had been pondering design ideas for a few days. I knew that the quilting in the print fabrics would not show so I just needed something kind of simple there. Mom wants me to do something in the green to "tone it down". I think I want to do a design that ignores the sashing and I don't want to do too much quilting so that it stays soft to use as a bed quilt. I'm still pondering that.
No quilting is going to show up on that batting fabric either so the quilting design doesn't need to consider what it will look like on the back. That fabric is one that I purchased for another quilt but I didn't like it. It works for Mom's quilt really well and it will hide every conceivable quilting mistake.
Before I commenced quilting the stars and border I opted to add some extra basting in the green areas so that I don't distort it too much with the quilting I was about to do.
As I usually do when I'm undecided, I go to my comfort zone where life is all about ruler work. For this piecing technique Mom presses her seams open so stitch-in-the-ditch wasn't an option. I also didn't want to build up a lot of stitches in the center so I started with a little circle and am doing some simple ruler work patterns in each petal.
Now that I've done a few of them, this goes along pretty quickly. that's good because I've only finished 4 of 36 so far.
The outside border is a simple piano key and I'll do it as I roll the quilt forward. I expect to have some quality quilting time between today and Monday.
Maybe by then I'll have figured out something for the green areas. You are welcome to shout out ideas in the comments of you want.
If all goes well today, I'll have a new phone by this evening. I've dropped mine so many times that it sometimes doesn't like connecting to bluetooth or the wifi. I think it's time for a replacement.
1/19/2023 12:50:04 pm
no ideas from me but I do like how you are doing the stars
1/19/2023 02:00:53 pm
What a pretty quilt. I'm sure your quilting will be fabulous!
1/20/2023 06:51:13 am
The ruler work is looking good. My go to for background when I "don't know" is pebbles, but that is a lot of quilting and wouldn't work for keeping it less dense.
1/20/2023 07:59:14 am
Those stars are beautiful! Your quilting looks great!
1/20/2023 03:48:57 pm
Love the way you quilted the star! Such a pretty block!
1/21/2023 08:20:54 am
I like the choice for the stars. I hate ruler work, but will do it if I have to, I can never control the thing consistently and do the machine with the other hand. I need a third hand. I am one who adds a lot of quilting because I think it turn flat fabric into a textured object. I use thin thread and I honestly don't find my quilts are stiff, especially after washing. I use an Otterbox with my phone, kind of rubbery but stiff and it has helped me with drops and I can hang onto it easier.
1/24/2023 10:32:40 am
I'm like you, takes me almost as much time to decide what to quilt as to actually quilt the thing. I'm contemplating invisafil thread, have you tried it? Does innova like it?
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.