Apparently my Mom's scrap bin is OUT OF CONTROL because she's been on a mission lately to use them up. So much of a mission that she made 3 of these quilts for our CSQ veterans project. I picked the tops up from her Christmas Eve and wanted to have then quilted before she comes here tomorrow (so she can bind them while she visits). I decided to have a little fun and quilt each one differently.
With all of these quilts I had to have them simple and fast. That's how I roll with charity quilts and my favorite method is to travel the block in some fashion. For this quilt I did 2 passes on each row and it started like this.
From the lower left corner stitch a curved line to the right side of the block somewhere in the middle.
Stitch another curved line to the middle of the bottom of the block.
Finish the first pass with a curved line to the top right corner.
Work across the row with this motif along the diagonal strip of fabric in each block. The work back across the block doing the other side of the block.
This is a great beginner motif to practice making and meeting points.
The gift with this motif is the fantastic secondary pattern that results.
For the second quilt I did a motif that only required one pass for each row of blocks. Stitch a curved line from a corner to the center. At the center stitch some sort of motif on each side of the block. I used a ribbon curl and a spike. Then a curve in the opposite direction to the other corner.
This one took a little bit of concentration to make sure the curved lines in the sashing and the ribbon curls all went in the right direction but it didn't take long to get in the right groove.
You know I love my wavy crosshatching so I had to do a modified wavy crosshatch for the last one. I started with a gentle wave diagonally perpendicular to the center sashing.
Then I waved both sides of the sashing piece. This requires a little bit of thinking. In this pass I waved the left side of the sashing and I crossed over the sashing at each end to get to the next block.
This what the row looks like after all 3 passes. Can you see what's going to happen where the sashing from 4 blocks meet?
Beginners can do a lot of skill building with this by working to meet the stitching on each row at the corners.
Taking the time to meet those corners provides a big payoff on the back.
I have one more veterans quilt here to quilt before the end of 2017 and I will get that one done tomorrow.
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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.