I was planning on making this quilt my first real free-motion quilting project. I envisioned big loopy swirls adorning the front and softening all those right angles. I ultimately decided, however, that such an approach might be more feminine than I wanted, so I came up with an alternative.
I consulted Amanda Jean’s post on her own rail-fence quilt and Lorna’s insights into quilting designs, and then I traded my darning foot for my walking foot. Without marking anything, I quilted wavy vertical lines.
|Originally, green was going to play a part in this color palette, |
but I decided it was a little too 1978 for me.
I swapped the green for aqua. Mmmm ... much better.
After a first pass I decided those organic lines were the right fit for this child-size quilt. What I didn’t like was the weight of my thread. I used an orange cone of Aurafil—that is, 50 weight thread. I love it for piecing; I think that thin thread helps me with precision and pressing. But I often prefer something thicker for the kind of quilting I do. It seems more forgiving; little imperfections are less noticeable to me with a thicker thread.
|The pieced backing features two Denyse Schmidt prints, |
one from Flea Market Fancy (legacy run) and one from Hadley.
So, inspired by the sketch stitching I did on my Dogwood Blossom Quilt, I quilted a second wavy line on top of each line of Aurafil, using a polyester thread from Gutermann. (Don’t judge me! I often use Gutermann’s polyester thread because it’s easy to find. I could have tried a green cone of Aurafil, which is the thicker 40 weight, but no one stocks it near me.) Sometimes this second line of Gutermann is right on top of the Aurafil thread; at other times it winds to the left or right. The result is chunky and ropy. I love it.
|More detail of quilting on the back.|
The majority of the fabrics used were from my stash, many of them initially bought for other projects, and my scrap bin. Among the creatures in this quilt are Rae Hoekstra’s orange frogs and mustard snails as well as Ann Kelle’s sweet raccoons. But it’s the wide-eyed moose, also by Ann Kelle, that steal the show.
|Frogs? Check. Snails? Check. No puppy-dog tails here, |
but the moose more than make up for it!
So what are your thread preferences? Am I the only quilter in the world who uses polyester?!
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