My Quilting Adventure Week 37
Posted by KJCB on August 30, 2017
So I checked and it has only been two weeks since my last blog past; however, until this afternoon I felt like I hadn't quilted anything in forever! I had lost any desire to quilt. I could blame it on today's quilt top that I didn't want to finish, but I think that I really just wasn't in the mood to quilt. I don't know about anybody else, but if I try and force myself to quilt then the quality of my work suffers. Anyway, I found some "quilting mojo" and finished up the quilt top featured in this blog post :)
I dug REALLY deep to the bottom of my pile of finished quilt tops to find this gem. I remember piecing this top back in (ahem) 2009 and it was a struggle to get all the pieces to line up neatly. It's no wonder it was at the bottom of the pile for so long. I wasn't too enthusiastic about the top itself. It's a bit subdued for my personal taste (Dave didn't like it either, just ask him.). :)
I wanted to try and "pretty-up" the quilt top to improve its appeal (to me anyway, lots of people like the colors). I started with my floral paisley meander in the wide outer border. It worked well with the overall designe of the florals in the quilt top.
My next goal was to add depth or texture to the quilt by making the narrow green sashing strips "puff." I used Quilter's Dream Puff to help achieve this goal. To make the strips puff, I needed to have fairly dense quilting surrounding the strips. I chose to outline each of the rectangles and squares in the center of the quilt and then fill those squares with stippling. I started out using a ruler to make the outline, but moved on to just using the width of the foot as my guide and free-handing the square. Which technique do you think I used to outline the square here? No ruler!
I didn't think anyone wanted to see 40+ pictures of my squares with stippling so fast forward to a finished top :) Notice how the green sashing has a bit of dimension?
This is a picture of the back post-quilting. See how the sashing strips are puffy even on the back?! I love the added texture and personality that the quilting gave to this top.
The sun was a bit overpowering on the color in the quilt, but being outside for this photo definitely helped show off that texture. You can even see the loops that I put in the inner border (which was a little bit like looking at television static while quilting it). Overall, I consider it a much improved project now that it is quilted. You may see this one turn up at Mill House Retreat Center unless The Boss a.k.a. Mom decides she likes it. :)
Quick Quilt Specs
Fabric: Calisto Collection by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics
Batting: Quilter's Dream Puff
Thread: Aurifil 40 wt 2309
Finished size: 62" x 62"
Quilt Top Tally: 37