My Quilting Adventure Week 38
Posted by KJCB on August 30, 2017
It's the end of the month so you know that means I'm working feverishly to finish this month's UFO Project for the AllPeople Quilt Resolution Challenge! I follow several quilters on social media and have been wanting to try quilting horizontal lines on a project for awhile now. I thought this project was an ideal candidate to try out the technique...
Meet Blueberry Chocolate Squares, a Moda Bakeshop pattern from 2010 using a layer cake. I loved this fabric and actually had two layer cakes so I made the quilt top twice as big and left off the borders.
The BERNINA Q24 has these channel locks that allow me to "lock" the machine on either the x- or y-axis in order to quilt a straight line without a ruler. Nifty, huh? I used the channel lock that allowed me to make nice straight horizontal lines across my quilt top.
I didn't worry too much about spacing the lines perfectly. If it looked like there was too much space between two lines, I went back and put another line in between. I stitched from left to right and then right to left for the next line. This worked fabulously because there was no starting and stopping and tying off in between areas.
A couple observations about quilting straight lines: (1) I tried to avoid the horizontal seam lines to avoid a stitch-in-the-ditch look and they were bulky where the triangles met. (2) the quilt has to be on the frame straight or no matter what you do, your lines will be crooked. (3) your piecing will make a dfference as well. Towards the bottom I noticed that a few blocks seemed to be a different size (I did trim the blocks wrong many steps previously) and that led to the quilting lines looking crooked. (4) remember to focus on the bigger picture because it is the overall quilting that will stand out not the individual lines.
Look at that texture! The technique is nothing fancy; however, I love the finished look. The horizontal lines play into the geometric design of the quilt top. Additionally, this top was quilted in a little more than an hour (not including putting the top on the frame) so it's a quick finish. Now onto the binding to finish up this UFO :)
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: Blueberry Chocolate Squares by Karrie Lynne Winters on Moda BakeShop
Fabric: Pure by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Warm and Natural
Thread: Aurifil 40 wt 2309
Finished size: 66" x 80"
Quilt Top Tally: 38