One thing I need to practice much more is free hand quilting. I can do feathers most of the time, and some ribbon candy but I am often stymied by the lack of ideas for quilting without a pattern or pantograph. Small projects do lend themselves to experimentation, so I decided to custom free hand this runner. I wanted the background ecru to be different from the white snowflake blocks. As this runner is very low volume, almost no contrast to differentiate the white from the ecru, I hoped the quilting would help. First, to decide whether to use ecru or white batting.
The white brightened the white areas a bit more, so I loaded it on the longarm and stitched down the edges.
I put feathers around the border, working them into the areas in ecru around the snowflake blocks. Oops, missed one.
Here’s the other end.
Now the really scary part, marking the white areas with a water soluable blue pen. Yikes!!
Then I didn’t like what I drew, and drew more lines over those. I wanted to practice some pebbling in the ecru triangles, so I did that first.
In the end, I ignored the markings and did some loops. Bad choice, it does nothing for the snowflake idea, but I am not frogging it.
Kinda, meh on the quilting. Feathers are OK, but the rest is really mundane.
They don’t look much like snowflakes, but I do like the white on ecru. I probably should look into a few stencils.
The binding was a bit longer than two strips, so I put a short strip between the longer ones. I laid it out to be sure that the seams didn’t end up on a corner.
Stitching it down in the usual way.
Slow Sunday Stitching while watching the football games!
Finished, and displayed on the kitchen counter.
Here are a couple of close up shots, after it was ironed and the blue marks removed. Whew, yes they all came out.
The other end…
and the middle.
I liked the mortar and pestle on it, with my grandmother’s little white chickens.
I like to burn a candle on the counter too, the Butter Cookie one goes well.
I think I am done with white for now. I’ll enjoy the clean feel of white through January, then it will be on to Mardi Gras.