Happy Monday everyone! How are you? I hope you are doing well, and found some personal time for sewing last week. I didn’t get to do any sewing for myself, but I finished several customer quilts so I’m pretty happy with that. The first one I’m going to share with you is Diane’s Shuriken quilt. This quilt was the end result of a class we took at our local quilt shop. It was designed by the owner, and uses several Studio 180 rulers, as Brian is a certified Studio 180 instructor. I was happy to quilt Diane’s top for her; mine is still waiting for a few embroidery touches before I can quilt it.
It’s a very graphic pattern, and I wish I could show you all the different variations that were made. There was a red/gray/black/white one that was stunning, one made with multiple blue prints with some white worked in that ribboned in our local quilt show, my Alison Glass version, and so many others. I love to see how fabric choice can change the look of a pattern. It always surprises me.
For the quilting Diane asked for circles in the dark blue sashing pieces. The fabric looks black in the pics, but is actually a very dark blue. So I built the quilting plan around that request. It was actually pretty easy to come up with a plan which is not always the case. I usually have a general idea of how a top will be quilted when I load it, but many times I move from Plan A, to Plan B, C, and even D before settling on the final design. For Diane’s quilt, I sketched out the entire design before loading the quilt. That allowed me to do all the moving from Plan A to B,C, and D on paper without putting a stitch in the quilt. It saved me a lot of unsewing! There was only one element I changed after I started, so the quilting went a lot faster because all the planning was already done.
There are continuous curves in the triangles, tight back and forth quilting in the cream background areas, and combinations of those designs in some of the other areas. I used rulers and free motion for these blocks. There were SO many threads to bury! But that’s okay – it’s my preferred way of dealing with the thread start/stops, so I don’t mind burying them after I take the quilt off the frame.
The borders were computerized designs, and you can see them better on the back of the quilt.
Usually I will use a thread that blends with the backing fabric regardless of the thread color on top unless the customer has requested something specific . But for this one, I matched the top and bobbin threads. I was afraid I would constantly be fighting the tension when I quilted with the dark blue thread if I used a white in the bobbin. So in the blue, pink, and green areas I used the same color top/back. It actually added a lot of interest to the back, so I was happy with the way it all looks.
It was a lot of fun to quilt Diane’s Shuriken quilt, and now I’m excited to quilt my own. Just gotta find some embroidery time to finish the top!
After I took Diane’s quilt off the frame, I worked on a few edge-to-edge quilts. A couple were panel quilts and one is a cute doggy quilt that I can’t wait to show you. But that will have to wait for a bit because I have a couple more to do for that particular customer and she hasn’t seen the quilting design yet.
What I have loaded right now is a disappearing four patch that I’m really excited about. Here’s a sneak peek:
Wool batting allows the quilting to pop, and I’m loving where this is going. This is a huge quilt – 102″ long – so there are a lot of the D4P blocks, Each one has 6 start/stop threads to bury. I haven’t counted the blocks cause I really don’t want to do the math. LOL I think I’ll just surprise myself when it’s done. 🙂
That’s it for me today – now it’s your turn. What project are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space? You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how: