Thursday, November 3, 2016

Doggone quilting


The quilting for C's Canines is finished. This is a design that I used on one of my earliest table toppers. The other day I was sitting at the salon table, looking at the topper, and thought about how much I liked the texture. I also remembered it being really easy to do.

It's a completely walking-foot design of straight lines interspersed with fairly uniform wavy lines. Not as organic as more random wavies, not as unforgiving as strictly straighties. Because this quilt is big square blocks, I first stitched the straight lines from corner to corner on each block. Then I measured one third the distance between the lines and marked two more in-between lines with my Hera marker. Then I visually divided those in half just by eyeball. After that, I did all the wavy lines in between, trying to make the waves match at the peaks and valleys.

I've found that my walking foot quilting is much more cooperative when traveling on the bias. All the stretchiness helps moosh things into place, I think. That's a technical explanation, yo. I don't love wrassling the corners of the quilt through the harp, but it's nice to have no puckers.


I was so pleased with the results of the quilting on the dog quilt that I also quilted a Christmas quilt the exact same way and finished that yesterday, too! Here's the back of that one; the front is still secret. I used a variegated thread on this rather plain cream fabric. More (and hopefully better lit) photos when I get them both bound.

10 comments:

Kat said...

Nice quilting, thanks for the description! It looks really good.

Linda said...

Great quilting. Will have to try this as all I usually do is SITD. Thanks, Louise!!

Linda said...

Great quilting. Will have to try this as all I usually do is SITD. Thanks, Louise!!

KaHolly said...

Excellent quilting idea! How wonderful that you shared! XO

Vicki in MN said...

Nice job on that quilting, I have not seen that one before.

Claudia said...

Love this quilting idea. When I get ambitious I am going to have to give some of your ideas a try. 😊

June D said...

Fun project!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

I like when things moosh into place, too. Much easier than mushing and mashing. LOL Very technical, indeed. In all seriousness, the quilt looks great. I like the way you interspersed wavy lines with the straight lines.

JanineMarie said...

Thanks for the neat idea, Louise! Using some straight lines to keep everything fairly consistent while still organic makes a lot of sense to me. And since my weak arm doesn't let me do FMQ right now, I think this is a perfect solution for me for quilting.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I've done similar quilting but not with the straight lines. I like that look a lot.