Monday, August 26, 2013

A quilting exercise

I finished off another quilt on the weekend while stuck in the house with the children ... and I also did the downstairs windows inside and out - which is completely irrelevant but it's made a huge difference, you can see outside now! I made myself do one chore before I went and sewed, and the windows were Saturday's lucky winner. Anyway the quilt I finished was this one - it is called "Bagel. Bagel."

I made it for two reasons - firstly because I discovered the twelve-inch crumb blocks when I was tidying up my sewing room a couple of weeks ago (the outer border) and secondly because I am still enjoying free motion quilting on my new machine and I wanted to try something a bit more intense. So this one has scrap blocks and lots of nice pale open space to try quilting on.

I did the feathers free hand - getting more even although not close to perfect - and an echo on the outer fill. And the inner fill is four different ones for practice ... this is the pebbles.

And these are the christmas lights - some kind of loopy meander.

And then a wave meander - I don't know what you call this - it seems a bit basic to even have a name! The fourth side I haven't got a photo of ... it was meant to be straight lines but they weren't very straight at all. I don't think I'll be doing that free motion on anything I care about - might stick to a walking foot for straight lines.

It didn't make much of a dent in the 6 inch crumb blocks, but that's OK - as I said it was an exercise for the quilting rather than anything else! I'm pleased with the way it turned out, although I'm not a huge fan of very dense quilting. Even with a nice cotton batting it makes it quite stiff and uncuddly for something that you want to put on a bed. Maybe after a few years of washing machine and wear it will soften up?


  1. lynley you did a great job on the quilting! i wouldn't give up on free motion quilting - you seem to have picked up on it quite well already.

    i also like what you did with the blocks and how you set them.

  2. I LOVE that quilt!

    But you're not allowed to have spring. Sorry. We're clinging on to summer here so you can't have it back yet. We have American cousins arriving on Tuesday so we NEED DECENT WEATHER.

  3. love this crumb quilt. really fun and your quilting looks great.

  4. Great use of scraps. Your quilting is divine!