My Quilting Adventure Week 45
Posted by KJCB on October 11, 2017
This quilt top has actually had a short wait to become a quilt. I wanted a quick quilt that I could make to showcase the newest holiday collection at RQ. Snow Much Fun! (with an exclamation point) was the winner for my next shop sample because of the fun snowman toss that would make a great focus print.
This quilt has a lot of interesting shapes for quilting. I used a variety of techniques including free-motion, ruler work, and the BERNINA Q-Matic.
The background shapes were filled in with a double wishbone shape that could be easily resized as the piece became wider and narrower. I did have to rip out the stitching on the first one three times because my brain was struggling with the change in size when the design ran vertically.
Next I pulled out my quilting ruler and foot for the snowflakes on red sections. I chose to just outline these areas. You can see there are a few areas where my quilted line wobbled, but overall they are pretty straight thanks to the ruler. I'm still trying to feel comfortable with ruler work quilting. Sometimes it seems like having a third or fourth hand would make it easier.
Next up was the winter word prints on black. I decided to practice some more ruler work and did a simple square-in-a-square quilting design. I used the instructions from Shape by Shape Collection 2 by Angela Walters to stitch the quilting design without starting and stopping the pattern. A word to the wise, this is much easier if you mark your center lines before you start. I tried to do the first one freehand without a guide and it's a funny little polygon with more sides than necessary :) Taking ten seconds to mark the lines, leads to a much nicer square. (Sorry the picture is washed out, I was trying to make sure you could see the quilting lines!)
I didn't want to bury the snowman print under heavy quilting. I chose a round and circular design from the BERNINA Q-Matic library that reminded me of a snowflake. I switched to a blue thread that would blend better and not take away from the snowmen.
Isn't this pattern fun and funky? It is also super fast since the pieces are so large. The pattern also has instructions for a 9" block instead of the 18" block that I chose. I made nine blocks to have a nice lap size quilt.
Another shot of the finished quilt. It's hanging behind the counter at RQ as of 10/11 so stop in and see it in person!
Quick Quilt Specs
Pattern: BQ3 by Debbie Bowles
Fabric: Snow Much Fun! by Dan DiPaolo for Clothworks
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select 61"
Thread: Aurifil 40 wt 2309 and Isacord 40 wt polyester
Finished size: 56" x 56"
Quilt Top Tally: 45