|Amish Baby 54-40 Or Fight: In Progress, Nearly Complete|
In my last post, I was struggling with how to get those free motion continuous double curves to look relatively even on the red and white square patches. I ended up making myself a little template out of gridded template plastic, 2" square to match my patches, with little tiny holes punched out a quarter inch in at the center of each side.
|My Template for Marking Continuous Curves|
|Free Motion Olive Loop Border|
I could have just done the continuous double curve quilting in all of the square patches, but I wanted to bring in a little smidge of whimsy. So I found this little squiggle star motif -- it's actually part of an embroidered outline quilting design from a collection I bought ages ago. I resized the squiggly star on my photocopy machine until it was exactly the size I wanted it, 1 1/2" to nestle nicely inside the seam allowances of my 2" squares. Then I used a marking method that I learned from Don Linn's April 2012 tutorial for the SewCalGal FMQ Challenge. In Don's tutorial exercise, we used wooden embroidery hoops, bridal tulle and an extra fine point Sharpie marker to create a mark-through template for transferring quilting designs (you use either the purple disappearing marker or the blue water soluble marker to draw the design on your quilt, NOT the Sharpie!). Since my motif was pretty tiny, I asked my husband for a small plastic ring from his Garage of Handy Manly Stuff. I just wrapped a piece of tulle around the plastic ring and held it in place with a ponytail elastic.
Basically, you trace your quilting design onto the tulle with the Sharpie. Then you can place the hooped tulle over your quilt and use the temporary marking pen to trace right over the design on the tulle. I could have used my embroidery design software to resize the embroidered quilting motif and stitched the stars out with my embroidery module, but it would have been overkill for something so simple and it would have taken a LOT more time to hoop and rehoop over and over again for every single star. It's actually a lot easier to FMQ a SMALL quilting motif than a large one, and these stars were quick and easy to quilt last night. Anders was hanging out in my sewing room watching Tom & Jerry while I quilted the stars. :-)
|Free Motion Stars!|
I think I want to leave the green star triangles unquilted and puffy, but something needs to go in the royal blue square patches. I am leaning towards more squiggly stars. Lastly, I might do some really random quilting in the outside of the green border, where it will be covered by satin binding, just to shrink it up and flatten it out a bit. If I leave it totally unquilted and just attach the border, I'm afraid the border will look wavy. Once all of the quilting is complete, I'll trim off my excess batting and backing and serge the quilt edges (I always do that with satin binding quilts, to protect the quilt edges in case the satin binding wears away over time and needs replacing).
Meanwhile, I am taking a break from quilting today so I can hem my new choir robe and personalize the fit a little bit. (The sleeves are too long and the hem is crooked). Happy weekend and happy stitching!