My Quilting Adventure Week 41
Posted by KJCB on October 01, 2017
On to the next quilt top! This brightly colored top is from a pattern called "Easy as 7..8..9" by Me and My Sister Designs. It used a portion of a layer cake and was pieced by my sister, Mary.
The bright colors and small size suggested that this quilt would be a great kids quilt to send with our quilts collected for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
I chose stippling for two reasons: 1.) it is a quick way to quilt a top and 2.) my attempts at doodling a fun flower shape were not successful. When I'm thinking about a quilting design I've never tried before, I draw it first on paper. I wasn't really happy with the direction of any of the above attempts so I stuck with stippling.
Stippling can be used across the entire quilt without stopping to change to a new design in the borders (another plus when on a deadline for donation). I recommend trying to match the overall size of your stippling to the designs in your fabric. The flowers in the border of this quilt are about medium sized so I tried to match my stippling accordingly.
I chose white thread since the background of the quilt is white and several of the prints have white as well. If I had wanted the stippling to stand out more, I would have needed to choose a more contrasting color.
When I grabbed this quilt top from the "To-Be Quilted" pile, there was a piece for the back that was 1 1/4 yards. I'm not sure who did the math for the back of this top but that wasn't quite enough. I grabbed another fun floral by the same designer that we had at RQ and pieced the back. I was only short about 5" but I started quilting a little lower on the backing piece so that a larger piece of the light blue flower was on the back.
Beginning quilters: give stippling a try. It was one of the first designs that I really became comfortable with as a quilter. There are so many quilt designs that use curves or rounded shapes that learning to do a beautiful stipple will enhance your abilities on more complex designs down the road!
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: Easy as 7..8..9 by Me and My Sister Designs
Fabric: Dilly Dally by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Quilter's Dream Select Cotton White
Thread: Aurifil 40wt 2024
Finished size: 50" x 53"
Quilt Top Tally: 41