Thursday, April 29, 2021


Facets is one of my favorite quilt-tops from last year, so I didn't expect to quilt it so soon, but when I looked through my queue to decide which quilt to quilt next, it jumped out at me, begging to be quilted. Well, I can't resist that when it happens!

The pattern is by Christa Watson, and I used nothing but scraps for this quilt. I remember the piecing process to be very fun but quite stressful as well due to its improv nature. But the quilting process would just be plain fun.

I used several different designs in the colored fabrics, alternating them by rows. They include swirls and a geometric design with a plume feather. In the solids section, I used a very simple geometric design. I decided to use a greenish thread that blended in well with the improv sections, but still stood out a little on the blue.

And finally in the white sashing strips, I did a simple back and forth design spaced about 1/8" apart. This is one of the first designs I learned on the longarm, and I rarely use it. When I started to quilt this, I remembered why. It is incredibly demanding physically!

Facets was fun and fast to quilt, and though I don't think I'll be making another one anytime soon (improv is so exhausting), this is definitely a special quilt to me that I'll be keeping.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

City Tiles

After a few bright and rainbowy quilts, I definitely felt the need to work on something a bit more graphic. Enter City Tiles. The pattern is by Quilty Love, and the fabrics are all from Art Gallery Fabrics, though different collections.

The combination of fabric and the name of this pattern has a very urban, geometric feel to it, so I wanted to see if I can make the quilting also very urban and geometric.

I decided not to incorporate a single swirl, and instead make the entire quilt with dot-to-dot designs and dense lines. I adore the way those dense lines look especially when placed next to areas I left unquilted.

As usual, I kept the quilting very minimal in the foreground, especially because I'm working with Art Gallery Fabrics. I think anybody who has worked with Art Gallery Fabrics knows this, but the feel of AGF fabrics is just different from anything else I've used. It feels wonderful to the touch, but it's not my favorite to poke a needle through, and this is true during both the piecing and quilting phase.

I set a goal for myself this year to try to finish quilting 18 quilts, and so far I've been able to stay on track. I'm quite excited as some of my favorite quilt tops are on the schedule to be finished this year! We'll see what happens.

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