Jan 7: Announcement post
Jan 21: Planning, basting, batting, etc
Jan 28: Stabilization quilting or just to catch up
Feb 4, Feb 11: Inside center panel
Feb 25: Top and Bottom Rectangles
***March 4: Top and Bottom Squares
March 11: Left and Right Side panels
Mach 18: Narrow Sashing
April 1: Outside (wider) Border
April 8: Binding & Hanging
It’s Monday, and Happy Monday, Friends! You know what Monday means >>> we are back at it with our very mysterious machine quilting quilt-along. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as Karen and I have hosting it. Karen and I were oohing and aahing over your progress pictures! Keep connecting with us so that we can celebrate your success and progress!
In the event of you might still be gathering your supplies, don’t worry! That’s okay — jump in when you are able to. Click HERE where Karen keeps a list of shops where you can purchase the supplies.
I have heard positive responses from many regarding my book. THANK YOU!
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or email me for signed copies!
I will be using Aurifli 50 wt threads from my Subtle Strings collection. You may read more about the collection here, and here. You may order your collection here for $99.99 (regularly selling for $140)! The collection is IN STOCK again as of this morning!!!
My Subtle Strings colors are specially selected to achieve a subtle contrast effect in the quilting. That is to say, we get to quilt with pretty colors on our quilts, but the colors aren’t really visible from afar and are not competing with the overall look of the quilt, until one looks at the quilting close up. These colors are also perfect for piecing, machine or hand applique — definitely my go-to! Why limit yourself to using only beige and light brown, or white?! LIFE’S TOO SHORT!
Today’s installment is actually a continuation of what we did last week — the quilting motif I used to quilt the top and bottom rectangles just sort of “spilled” over to the side squares, with using a plate for a marking tool (!). In case you need to reference the book in addition to the post from last week (click HERE), the pages are: page 17, 50-51, 60-63 and 66.
So we left off with these last week:
Even though it’s a continuation in quilting motifs, I do want to use today’s post to illustrate an important concept. Machine quilting does NOT only just add texture to a quilt. You can also use machine quilting to CREATE THE ILLUSION OF A BLOCK, BETTER YET A BLOCK YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T NORMALLY PIECE!
Let me explain — so, I “converted” the side squares into drunkard path blocks! Curve-piecing isn’t quite my forte although I just completed a quilt that has nothing but curve piecing. But the point is it was really nice I could use machine quilting to create the illusion of curve piecing in the side squares. HOW COOL IS THAT?
Pretty much for side squares, I outline-quilted the sheep, and continued with the motif used in the top and bottom rectangles.
There you have it — if you don’t like to physically piece a certain quilt block, the next option is to see if you could “machine quilt” it into existence! :)
Oh, I forgot — I used the pink from my Subtle Strings collection to quilt the side squares. Notice how the pink on a spool looks strong, but with one strand of thread on the quilt, the pink is just slight, and when quilted on the green, one can hardly tell it is pink. Subtlety does go along way, doesn’t it?
Alrightie, Friends — I hope you continue to have fun in this mystery quilt along. Now, let’s go what Karen has to share with us. I know it will be something good… Click HERE to go to Karen’s blog. Happy Quilting! See you next time!