Quilting the Hearts Around Table Topper took longer than I thought. Click on Hearts Around to see the construction phase. The main issue was I couldn’t decide how to do it. After taking several free motion longarm classes last summer, I have yet to actually do an entire quilt with free motion. So, taking a deep breath, the ‘stand and stare’ began. I almost caved and put a pantograph on it, but I need practice with custom design.
The quilt was loaded on the frame just to be able to move forward, and the stand and stare continued.
Should I use feathers? That really isn’t new as I have done those before. But if no feathers, then what? Ribbon candy, done that too. At least do one thing new! OK, for now, practice with stitch in the ditch. I am rubbish at this, but practice will build the skill. I got out my Quilter’s Apothecary straight ruler, and started in.
I have the smaller straight edge from A-1 for the interior smaller areas.
Ugh, what was I thinking! Red thread? The nice little planned outline didn’t go so well. Oh well, done now and I am not ripping it out.
Using the paper method of marking intervals (no math!) I took another deep breath and marked my quilt top with the hash marks using water soluable marker. This is where I get scared that the marks won’t come out. But, with trust in Jamie Wallen, I did it.
Then I did the quilting, and oh crap! There is a dark red thread under the white sashing, and it sticks out horribly! The close up pics are somewhat yellow because I was using the longarm light for light.
So now what! I got out a tiny crochet hook, worked it through the fabric without breaking the fabric threads and fished it out.
Then I scratched the hole with my fingernail to close it back up. Whew! It worked. I know I am supposed to trim the threads before I quilt!! I think I was too focused on the quilting and marking. I took the marks out with Sew Clean and water.
I marked the hearts with chalk, and quilted feather wreaths in each one. I started to make the feathers go to the corners of the background squares, but I had another idea I liked better. I wanted to stipple the background to make the hearts stand out more.
Here are the other hearts. I am still not good at this, many places have threads crossing over, but I am getting better.
It is difficult to photograph, but there is a continuous line around the entire border of feathers.
I used a different print for the binding, with a cream background for contrast.
This red-cream combination is so appealing to me right now. Think a whole quilt is in order?
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