Community Quilt 111

2 10 2013

I wasn’t sure about this quilt when I pulled it out of the packet during our quilt retreat. Just blue and white? And then I had an awful time with my machine stitching in the ditch around each block, until my friend (and Handi Quilter dealer) Michelle took a look at the machine and made a small adjustment to the ‘finger’ in the bobbin area. Then it stitched fine!

I started it at the retreat, but as the power went out on our last night, I didn’t get to finish it there, so I finished it this weekend just gone. I had in mind to do something in the white parts, possibly some sort of lattice effect following the straight blue lines in the white and blue fabric. But when I looked more closely, I saw that none of the lines lined up with the lines in the other blocks, so with a lot of marking and calculating required, stitching a straight line lattice just wasn’t going to work for me.

Instead, I recalled some ‘matrix’ designs that Leah Day had done, so I decided to do a wavy diagonal matrix in the white blocks, leaving about a 1/2″ between the lines. These are super easy to do and you don’t have to be perfect 😉 Also, if you stitch the matrix correctly, there’s no stopping and starting, except at the beginning and end of the block. I really liked the effect — I achieved a lattice effect without having to use rulers or mark lines. And I think the curves add an organic nature to the quilt that straight lines just don’t have.

For the borders, I just stitched a straight line 1/2″ from the edges, then in the dark blue border I stitched loops (like lower case ‘L’s or ‘E’s in cursive writing) between the straight lines. I left the blue sashing strips unadorned.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Rock Navy’ for the stitch in the ditch around each block (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #30001); Fil-Tec Glide ‘Cream’ for the lattice work (40 wt, trilobal polyester, colour #20001)
  • Bottom: Bobbinfil in black and white depending on which thread I was using in the top




2 responses

2 10 2013

Lately I’ve been so “in love” with grid patterns of all types and this one is beautiful. Really like how you handled the motifs in the other areas, too! Your technique/skill is awesome, Girl!!! Blessings….

2 10 2013
Dawn C.

Yeah, very nice. I like the matrix too, I guess that’s the same thing as “hatching”?

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