Progressive Detail Quilting

I’ve been inspired by several talented machine quilters over the past few years since I began my journey – Natalia Bonner, Angela Walters, Sharon Blackmore, Judi Madsen, to name a few! – and when I’m working on a quilt using techniques I’ve gleaned from a particular video or class I always like to mention it as part of my story about the quilt 🙂

As I’ve said many times before, we all put our own personal spin on things as we progress with our free motion quilting and develop our own style, and the projects we make will show a combination of ideas that we’ve gathered along the way.  This quilt is a good example of that.

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The most recent class I was attracted to is Judi Madsen’s Progressive Detail Quilting class on iQuilt.com.  I love the way Judi sets up a secondary design in the background areas of her quilts and I’ve admired her style for long enough that I decided to get some direct instruction and basic planning inspiration by taking her class.  So when it came time to quilt this Modern Plus Sign quilt (pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company) I was ready to put some of it to work.

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When you look at the overall effect, you might or might not notice differences between this and other densely quilted projects I’ve shared, but I’ve definitely incorporated some of the planning and ideas she uses to create cool geometric sections with ease.  I still did lots of this in the moment – as opposed to marking the whole quilt top before I started – but the class really helped with expanding my vision of what could happen in the negative space.

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And of course, even the back looks cool with designs like this!

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I’m super happy with how this turned out and I am again in a quandary about whether or not to keep it! LOL

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Check out the links below to videos I posted over on my Youtube channel at various points while I was working on this quilt.  The first has no sound, just stitching.  The others show some of my planning.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Free Motion Graffiti Quilting

Happy Hump Day! (yeah, I know, sounds kind of weird but I’m told that in the present day that’s what working people call Wednesday…getting over the hump for the week!)

I recently posted this short video on Youtube – sped up, of course – showing some playtime free motion quilting I did on a practice sandwich.  I had spent a bunch of time working on some techniques with digital stitching designs, and after all that the wide open space just called to me…

Just Stitching – free motion fun

After several days of working on cementing some of the basics of edge to edge computerized quilting in my brain, I was feeling the need to get in some of my favourite hand guided free motion quilting.

I loaded up a practice quilt sandwich, lowered the belts, and spent some time playing on my new Gammill, did a bit of ruler work and, of course, some spirals!  It brought me a lot of enjoyment and peace to just go with the flow and stitch randomly whatever came to mind 🙂

Custom Computerized Quilting on my Gammill

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After practicing some edge to edge designs on a few quilts this past week, I went ahead and tried some custom work using computerized patterns.

This quilt has a lot of wide open space, but it is pieced together in rows so, for the most part, I chose designs for each row.  When I got to the blocks with text, I fit the designs around them.

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This was so much fun!  LOTS to learn and every day there’s something I have to tripe check as I go, but it’s gradually getting more comfortable.  Check out the video below for an idea of how it all came together 🙂

Interviewed by Leah Day

I had a super fun time being interviewed by Leah Day on her Quilting Friends podcast last week, and it went public today so I wanted to share the link and the experience with you!  We had a great conversation about quilting, creativity, passion and balancing things in our crafty lives.  Some of it was practical and some of it was philosophical.  All of it was a surreal experience for me 🙂  She is just as sweet in person (well, on video call!) as she appears to be and I’m happy to have met her and made a new quilting friend!

You can go straight to the podcast on her Youtube channel by clicking the image below, and you can read more about the podcast in the show notes here: Be Open to Your Creativity

Simply Sweet

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I finished the second panel from Art Gallery fabrics and because much of the stitching is similar to the sheep quilt I recently posted, I won’t fill this up with a lot of photos!

Just wanted you to see it all done, and share a short video clip at the bottom of some stitching I did that was notably different on this one; I used an idea from Natalia Bonner for the narrow border framing the centre section.

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I was all set to try it, then suddenly had second thoughts about whether or not I could get it “right”.  But I tossed my doubt aside and went for it!  It wasn’t really hard at all – another good reminder to ignore the darn negative voice in my head that likes to bother me when I’m trying to be creative LOL

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I love the way this turned out.  Those large pebbles added great texture to that frame, and I love that simply drawn teddy bear in the middle reminding me that the simplest things can turn into the most beautiful things 🙂

 

 

Baa Baa Black Sheep

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Soooo…

I wanted to stray from the woodland animals baby quilt theme for a bit and do something fancier with more of a custom heirloom look and, of course, lots of white solid space.  This minimalist style panel is one of three I found in the “Nest” collection from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I love the simple print, the black & white color scheme, and the space to play and really make the quilting show 🙂

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There were only printed borders on two sides of the panel so I found another print to add to the top and bottom, making it relatively square.  I marked off the centre square frame I knew I wanted, planned for a feathered frame around that, and the rest of it happened as I went along.  I cannot say often enough how much I love white stitching on white fabric.  Even as I’m quilting it there is just something so serene and elegant about it.

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And the back is solid white.  I know, who wants a nearly all white baby quilt, right?  LOL but this one was sold before the binding went on…

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Once it was laundered and cuddly, the stitching really popped.  I’m working on another which will have similar stitching; maybe that one will make it into my shop! haha

The short video at the bottom show me stitching some of the filler inside the centre frame, just for fun.

Finding Joy

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You’ll probably recognize this general idea and color scheme from another recently finished quilt I wrote about; I’m not releasing a detailed pattern for the piecing process here, but I don’t mind if you just figure it out yourself and copy it…

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Some pictures have filters to enhance the stitching and make the colors more vibrant.  I can do that here as this one isn’t being advertised so accurate hues aren’t an issue!

I had a custom order for a smaller throw quilt in the same colors and I just happened to have enough left of two of them and a spare piece of Moda Grunge that was pretty close to the dove gray I used in the first quilt, so this came about and made my client very happy.  She’s also a huge fan of words on quilts, and I had a panel from the Thrive fabric line (Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting, for Moda Fabrics) so we chose a suitable block and I pieced it in.

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I had free reign over the quilting designs which is always tons of fun, so I set about to use similar stitching to what I had already done in the first one.  However, as often happens, the plan changed not long after I got started 🙂

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I tried out some funky stuff here, used a stencil I recently purchased from Love Shack Quilts in one of the chevron areas, pulled out several of my circle rulers and experimented with various ideas that came to mind along the way.

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The result was a vivid modern super textured and fun lap quilt with a bit of inspiration popping out of the background and now that it’s all laundered and ready to go, it’s as cuddly as can be and I just know she’s going to love it!

I’ve included links below to a couple of videos I shot while quilting this: one is showing the greyish area with the chevron paths and the other is a time lapse of me finishing off the word block.  Most of the other things you have seen me do before haha.  Until next time…

 

 

Wavy Lines with Clouds

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Wavy lines and straight lines are popular on modern quilts and I like to find ways of embellishing them here and there to give a bit of extra interest to the overall look.

I thought this cute baby quilt could use some clouds in the stitching, and rather than over think the shape and the stitching path (sometimes clouds are intimidating! LOL) I decided to take my cue from the clouds on the printed fabric (DUH – why don’t I automatically think of this by now???) and they worked out great!  It pays to keep things simple 🙂

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Love all that texture!

There are so many possibilities for adding different elements to your otherwise basic lines.  Try drawing a few things out on paper and see what you like; then stitch it out and notice how cool it looks!  I usually do the extra thing on every second line going across the quilt and then just come back with a basic line, but of course this is completely up to each person to choose.

Check out the video below for a quick look at how I stitched the clouds.  Some days are for complex stitching and others are for simplicity 🙂  It was relaxing to complete this project with the flow of the stitching over those cute prints, being reminded every few inches of a favourite song with lots of personal meaning to me.  It’s just such a “happy” little quilt!