Wow, that last week went fast. My only sewing this week was more quilting on my scrappy improv quilt, the one I showed the beginning of last week. So I will share a few more photos and I hope to finish this one this weekend.
So far, I have been quilting this quilt on my long arm machine, all freehand, hand guided. That means no marking, no measuring, no pantograph, no rulers, no computer and no channel locks. I am aiming for an aerial landscape view meets scribble, meets modern industrial look. There is no perfection here, the lines are at best "straightish" and the spaces are not even - all on purpose. My intention is to get this organic, softer, one of a kind look. This kind of quilting is also sort of "scrappy" in that I am randomly placing different motifs as the mood takes me.
It is my plan to add some hand quilting stitches to the orange solid strips, Kantha style, and perhaps I will also add some hand stitches to the orange triangles or maybe I will leave them unquilted, we shall see. I want to finish it soon as if it turns out nicely I will enter it in the Quilt Con show and entries are due by the end of November.
I shared that wavy border on instagram. I had mentioned it before when I pieced this quilt top and instead of fixing it, I was lazy and left it. When I reached the end of the quilt, I had to deal with it. One method is to just use the long arm to make a tuck that looks like a long seam and call it done - no one would ever notice it as a fix rather than just a join in the fabric.
Luckily, instead I was able to hide the excess in the wider spaced lines you see. I have used those wider spaced lines in the balance of the top, to give a bit of variety to the quilting density and also as I knew this issue was lurking at the end. You can use this same trick when quilting on a domestic machine too.
Now you will see the little tuck at the bottom of that spiral square. I am not worried about that as I expect that it will just get trimmed off when I square up this quilt but if it will show I will unpick that little bit and fix it with my regular machine. When you are using the long arm at the very bottom of the quilt and you don't first baste the edge, these kind of tucks are common due to the pressure and speed of the machine which pushes the fabric edge out of line, at least they are common for me. But they are easy to fix too as they are due to "user error" rather than an excess of fabric.
I am keen to start a new scrappy quilt top, so hopefully I can share that soon.
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Please join Nicky from Mrs. Sew and Sow and I next month to link up your scrappy project or thoughts on taming your scrap mountain on the second Tuesday in December, which is December 13, 2016.
And if you are looking for some scrappy inspiration, visit the November links, they are awesome.