I’ve been asked many times about machine quilting the batik quilt so today on the eve of the New Year seemed a good time to round up on several quilts that I have nearly finished this last week.
Machine quilting batik quilt
When I decided how to quilt the batik quilt, I had to take into account that there are a fair few layers of fabric at and around the sashing. Whereas I might otherwise have suggested stitch in the ditch or maybe a decorative stitch along the sashing itself, I decided to use echo quilting 1/4″ away from the sashing. I didn’t want to quilt too much on the batiks because they are so lovely that I thought it would be a shame to hide the fabric behind too much quilting.
I began with one of the central blocks and stitched all round the square 1/4″ in from the sashing. I have used a very light thread so that you can see what I’ve done. That means that you also see where my stitching wobbled a bit, but of course that wouldn’t have shown up if I’d used a thread that blended in. When I had completed the square, I stitched the short distance to the sashing and then stitched into the next square or rectangle along the rectangle until I was in the right position to begin sewing my 1/4″ line around the second rectangle.
I continued in this way until I had echo quilted all the squares and rectangles. I feel that this is enough quilting on such pretty fabrics.
Machine quilting the peacock quilts
So while I’m on the subject of machine quilting, I thought that I could show you some of the other quilts that I was trying to finish this week.
For the dark peacock quilt I meander quilted all over the central panel and then stitched in the ditch around the borders. However I wasn’t really happy with this because I felt that it didn’t do anything special for the peacock panel.
So for the light peacock quilt I tried quilting around the peacocks themselves. This meant using much bigger sweeps and curves and I hope that this has highlighted the peacocks a little better.
You can’t see it here, but I used the pink floral fabric for the binding on both these quilts and that turned out really well.
Machine quilting the penguin quilt
I’m ashamed of myself for not completing the penguin quilt in time for Christmas, but I have had rather a lot on my plate recently.
Once again I used a very simple quilting design – meander quilting on the penguin and echo quilting around the outline of the penguin. The difference this time was that I used several different quilting threads. On the light blue sections of the penguin I quilted with a light variegated thread while on the black and grey sections I used a much darker thread which has shades of black and red in it. For the echo quilting around the penguin outline, I used an Aurifil blue which has a lovely sheen to it. I quilted four lines of echo quilting about 1/4″ apart to give a good frame to the penguin, and then stitched in the ditch along the borders.
Here’s the video:
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