This was a little quilt, with no batting. Instead, it had a bright red polar fleece for the backing, which served as batting as well. I took a photo of the back, but reds and my phone camera just don’t play nicely together, so I haven’t added it below.
How to quilt it? I started by stitching in the ditch around all the blocks and the border as my previous experience with polar fleece as a backing is that it slips a LOT, so I needed to stabilise the two layers. Then I used the plaid fabric in the alternate blocks as my inspiration and based the stitching in these blocks on a variation of that, using different sorts of cross-hatching motifs in each of those blocks. To counteract the geometric nature of the quilting in those blocks, I used curved motifs in the other blocks, finishing with a star in the centre.
Then I stitched the borders of each block with wobbly lines (yes, they are deliberate!), and stitched big circles/pebbles/bubbles in the outer border. I didn’t stitch the beige inner border at all.
I used the same variegated green thread for all the stitching.
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- Top: Fil-Tec ‘Affinity’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, colour 60293 ‘Forest’)
- Bottom: Wonderfil Invisifil (100 wt, colour IF202 [red])
Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/