I am often asked how I finish my quilts and the answer is very often that I haven’t had time to finish the quilt. So when I do complete one of my quilts, I try to keep a note of what machine quilting I have used. I used a couple of different designs when I was finishing the cat quilt. It was one of those quilts where I felt the patchwork said enough so there wasn’t too much need for complicated quilting.
Beginning in the middle, it made sense to quilt the cat first. I outlined the cat with stitch in the ditch to stablise the area and then I quilted wavy lines going from top to bottom. I suppose I was aiming for some sort of texture showing the fur of the cat. The photo shows the quilting in the head.
In the fabric immediately outside the cat – the night sky – I first outlined the area with stitch in the ditch quilting. Then I used a fairly large meander quilting on the black fabric but just outlined the stars with stitch in the ditch. I had used a matching thread for the cat and I switched to black thread for this area.
In the white window frame I machine quilted a diamond outline. This is just a form of cross hatch quilting. I marked points at 1″ intervals along each side of the white strips and then stitched in a zigzag outline from side to side. The photo on the left shows one of the lines stitched and the other just marked. On the right you can see the finished diamond quilting.
Finally for the blue wall frame I went back to meander quilting. Very often I use either a neutral coloured quilting thread or a variegated thread, but for this quilt the areas were so clearly defined that I used a different matching thread in each section. It adds a little time when you have to change threads, but I thought that it was worth it.
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