30 Days of Quilting: Week 3 – 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed quilting these smaller projects, having finishes each week and a chance to experiment – Week 1, Week 2. This project was no different. “One of these things” is a 4 part piece, with each piece measuring 20 x 30 in.

These pieces are minimalistic and geometric in nature. They only have two colors, both being primary colors, blue and yellow. As I thought through the quilting I knew it needed to be simple and complement the elements in the design.

I decided on using 1/2″ straight line on the background aspects of each piece, both horizontal lines and vertical lines. Then in the foreground (the geometric shape) I used a 1 in by 2 in grid lines.

As this is an art piece, I did choose to bury threads to give it a nicer finish. In the picture above you can see all the yellow threads ready to be buried. The blue had already been buried before starting to quilt the yellow. Thread burying for me is a 4 part process: tie the knot as close to the quilt top as possible, trim to have even threads, thread the needle and bury thread, and then cut the excess thread off. I now do each of these steps one at a time to all the threads, so that it is more efficient so I am not switching between needle and scissors etc all the time.

Note, I use multiple methods to check my lines.

  • For the 1/2″ lines, I use the edge of my walking foot as a guide. I also, every 5-7 lines, use masking tape to make sure they are staying straight and are the right distance from the first line
  • For the grid lines, I marked both lines with a fabric marker pen.

I am really liking how the panels look with the quilting. The quilting and the binding are tying them together. Over the last 3 weeks I completed all the panels, so later this week you will get to see the completed piece.

I really enjoyed the 30 days of quilting, and enjoyed not stressing about making the 30 days consecutive. I am definitely doing it again, maybe in June and July. For those who have done 30 days of something what benefits have you received from the practice?

Now, I have 6 quilts to bind, so I will be getting those done over the next couple of weeks. I am excited to show you those finishes. I am thinking about getting my machine serviced, so that will give me a chance to play with piecing a couple of new quilt tops (using my smaller travel machine for piecing).

30 days of quilting – Week 2

Check out week one on my 30 days of quilting experiment. This week’s project was Beating Heart. It is an abstract piece that shows the 4 chambers of the heart and the arteries.

I choose to finish this piece as it has more meaning now, than when I originally made the top. Since I turned 45, I started having panic attacks. These occur mostly at night for me and I really think I am dying from a heart attack. It could start with a twinge and then my mind jumps straight to I’m dying. Of course, logically I know I am going to be ok. Most of the time, I can talk (in my head) myself down and also use a variety of relaxation methods. Once I get to sleep I know that I’ll be ok if I wake up in the morning.

It is so hard when you know your body and its signals so well and then all of a sudden you can’t trust it. It’s definitely been a journey. I have talked with friends and did you know that panic attacks are common in females in their 40’s and related to peri-menopause. Once I found this out I spoke with my doctors and we worked on a solution together. It is so important for us to share and tell our stories. No shame, no more hiding. I think it offers great support for others.

Beating heart, is made from beautiful Oakshott Cottons (an amazing cross weave that adds another dimension to this quilt when you see it in person). I had always wanted to make this secondary design of a heart, off center, with the quilting.

Once that initial markings of the geometric heart was mapped I used straight line quilting around the shape.

I didn’t like the puff though in the middle where the negative space was so I added some hand quilting lines into each of the quadrants of this geometric heart. I used Wonderfil’s Razzle 8wt thread for this.

Also this one for binding I did block match the binding, so that the binding is color matched with the quilt. I think that is one of my favorite parts of the quilt.

Details

Name : Beating Heart
Design:
 Original Design (one of my QDAD designs)
Fabric: Oakshott Cotton (mostly Ruby Red bundle)
Backing: Kona Cotton Neutral
Binding: Kona Cotton (Putty, Lipstick)
Dimensions: 
25 x 27 in.
Quilted: Straight lines walking foot quilting, Aurifil # ; Hand quilting Wonderfil Razzle
Start date: 02 March 2016
Finish date: 11 March 2021

30 days of quilting – Week One

I have started a new 30 day project to help finish some smaller WiPs and bring back some joy to walking foot quilting. The quilting part of making a quilt is not my favorite part. It’s obviously needed to finish a quilt, but I always feel like its work. I am hoping that I can experiment and play with these smaller quilts and enjoy the process. My goal is to finish one mini quilt (smaller than 30×30″) each week.

Also, I decided with home schooling and work loads my 30 days is not necessarily continuous. I am allowing flexibility and making sure there is no added pressure.

First project up, is my Improv Mod House quilt that I made in Jacquie Gering’s class at Sewtopia. This house was inspired by a butterfly house I have my eye on round the corner from a friends house.

I also, recently, attended Jacquie’s 60 degree quilting class based on her Walk 2.0 book. As I was adding the lines, not knowing, if I would stop at 4 sets of lines or continue to do 6 sets, I realized it was not 3 sets. This reminded me of a puffer jacket.

I finally decided on the six set grid design for the background, as this is a small quilt. Note, just because these are small I did not skimp on quilting design or the need to bury threads (LOL).

The texture this produced was so good. I loved how it turned out and it was fun experimenting with this design. I am not adding binding to this one, as I am going to frame it.

Details

Name : Butterfly House
Design:
 Original Design (in Jacquie Gering’s Mod House class)
Fabric: Scraps + Kona Cerise (background)
Backing: Lucky Penny, Alison Glass
Dimensions: 
12 x 24 in.
Quilted: Straight lines, Six Set Grid (from Jacquie Gering’s Walk 2.0 book)
Start date: 06 April 2018
Finish date: 06 March 2021