Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quilting Quandries



The last day or so I've been quilting my Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild Black & White Challenge piece (it's a UFO from a challenge last year).  I was at a loss of how to quilt it.  I had a single block that wasn't quite square that I was going to quilt up to use as a candle mat on my kitchen counter. (below) I thought my variegated green thread would be a good choice...wrong, the green varied widely from lime green to forest green and I didn't like it on my grass colored kona, and though it's a small piece the small scale stippling looks terrible.  I zig zagged over the liberated wedding rings with a gray thread and did like that...thank goodness I had this little square to practice on.


For the main piece which is just a table square (top), I quilted the entire piece in a darker gray Aurifil and that was an acceptable choice.  I again zig-zagged the liberated rings and then just stippled the rest in a looser scale - passable but not very exciting or inspiring.  I think most of the time I have so many different fabric prints and colors in a piece and use a neutral thread so everything just blends together.  This is one of the first things I've ever made where my choices seemed so obvious.

This is a very humbling hobby, just when you figure one aspect out there is another that you need to contemplate more.  I am signed up for a FMQ class at my LQS the end of April, which I am now looking forward to even more.  What is your favorite quilting technique as of late? I need to make some time to try some new stitches (AND practice!)


I used a sample of this Airtex 80/20 batting that I had received at a quilt class or shop hop and while it was ok, don't think I'd buy it myself.  It seemed like it the batting wanted to come through the needle holes. (Though there was a fair amount of un-stitching that surely didn't help)

I'm off to trim and block this quilt before I attach the binding...hoping that when I see a cute binding fabric I'll like it a bit better.  Thanks for stopping by today.

5 comments:

Ginger - Out West Originals said...





Your gray thread choice was nice as is your quilting. My favorite quilting technique, hmm... I can't say it is my favorite but am comfortable with stippling. I have also done the zig-zag for the ground areas of quilts. I have watched some You-tube videos of quilting, but haven't taken those ideas to the machine yet. All in good time.
Happy quilting.

sophie said...





I love the olive green (at least it looks olive on my screen) combined with the Black and White. As for the FMQ, I have decided to look at everything I quilt as something on the path of the skill I hope one day to achieve--so if you're not completely satisfied with your quilting ... one day, you can point to this piece as something on your path ...

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...





Lately i have loved lines~ you know rows of lines close together, spaced 2 together, 2 an inch away from those etc. Something about lines. :-) Have a happy day!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...





Your FMQ class sounds like a great idea - I could sure use it!

Needled Mom said...





I tend to head for the neutrals too, but always love the look of the colors in quilting. The greens with the black and white look fabulous together.