Work in Progress July 2018

Blue star quilt

Blue star quilt

My work in progress is at a wonderful stage at the moment – some quilts are still just tops only, some have been layered, some quilted, some bound and some just waiting for a hanging sleeve or something else minor.

Now that I have given myself more time to work on these projects, I thought that I would share with you what I’m doing and how I am quilting some projects.  As ever, I’m not saying that my way is the correct way – I just hope that it will give you some ideas for your own quilting.




Blue star quilt

This was a quilt that I made to use up some leftover blue fabrics.  I have stitched in the ditch on each diamond within the star sections and then echo quilted 1/4″ in from the seams.  For the blue/pink fabric forming a frame around the central star, I have machine embroidered a star stitch in pink along the middle of each section.  This was to highlight the circular shape of the frame.

Using a bendy ruler

Using a bendy ruler

Palm Tree Hawaiian wall hanging

This one is now complete bar the hanging sleeve.  I used machine embroidery – a blanket stitch – to sew the applique to the wall hanging.  Then I quilted a sort of feather wreath on the background.  There are four sections – one across each corner – but I tried to make them look more like palm fronds than feathers.  I used one of those bendy rulers (technical term that!) so that I could be sure that I had the same shaped curve in each segment.  The yellow section in the middle will have to be hand quilted as I wouldn’t be able to machine sew such a small section.

Sunflower wall hanging

Sunflower wall hanging

Sunflower wall hanging

This now also just needs a hanging sleeve.  I stitched in the ditch around the central sunflower square and then ran a curve between each pair of corners to emphasise that sunflower.  The three petals in all the triangles with some echo quilting in each petal is a great way to quilt triangles – particularly when the project has a floral theme.

Dragon moon wall hanging

Dragon moon wall hanging

Dragon Moon wall hanging

Are you beginning to see a trend here?  I began with small projects so that I could get several finished and then really feel that I was progressing!  This particular wall hanging is just delightful.  I used one of Kona Bay’s dragon moon panels and put several borders on it, using Christmas fabrics with a gold thread running through them.

Quilting detail

Quilting detail

I cut out white circles for moons and hand sewed them to the red border.  Then, using a gold quilting thread I stitched in the ditch between all the borders.  For the central section I used one of the embroidery stitches on my sewing machine – the stemstitch – to create a central diamond and some straight lines across the corners.  I had agonised for ages over how to quilt the central section because I didn’t want to take attention away from the gorgeous panel itself.

I’m pleased with the way it has turned out.

Altogether I have used hand quilting, machine quilting and machine embroidery in this wall hanging – you don’t have to stick to just one type of sewing when you quilt a project.

Longarm quilting

Longarm quilting

Longarm quilting

Obviously Minnie is being kept very busy as well.  If you haven’t come across her before, Minnie is my longarm quilting frame.  I am in the fortunate position where I can have a large quilt set up on Minnie and I can also work on smaller projects on my domestic sewing machine.

On this particular quilt I am meander quilting all the background sections first.  Then I will decide how to use quilting to emphasise the main design.

Practice square

Practice square

Practice squares

I’ve always suggested plenty of practice to help your quilting.  I tend to use individual quilt blocks for this.  I usually have plenty of these lying around from my quilt block patterns.  This gives you a small section to play on and you don’t have to worry about large quantities of fabric.

On this particular one I have tried out different machine embroidery stitches, different shapes for feathers and also different threads – specifically the gold thread that I used above.  Then when the square is full I bind it and use it as a shelf liner.

My pile of UFO’s is still enormous, but I do at last feel that I can make some inroads on it.  I hope you find these suggestions helpful.

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Comments

  1. jan welbourne says:

    Dear Rose. I do so admire your industriousness and determination to finish projects. You are doing so well and I am sure you will have a great sense of achievement when all is completed. Thank you for showing us your hard work. Well done. (must do something similar she mutters).

    All best Janny x

    • Hi Janny. Hope all’s well in Cornwall. I’m enjoying finishing projects but I’m struggling to stay motivated in the heat!

  2. Carol Tambourine says:

    So many lovely quilts! I am so happy for you to finish them. I bet you are feeling good about them. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Annmaree says:

    Lovely work Rose, you’ve really got Minnie doing some beautiful work x