Community Quilt 158

26 08 2014

This was a BIG quilt, all in a striking arrangement of pretty batiks. The orange squares really set off the blue/green/aqua batiks, so a neon orange became my thread colour choice for the quilting.

As this quilt pattern was so geometric, I decided to do a squared off stipple all over the quilt. Unlike other types of stippling, this one requires you to cross lines 😉

And if you look closely, you’ll see my lines aren’t perfectly straight — and that’s OK. The overall look is of rectangles and squares, even though I suspect there’s not a perfectly straight line anywhere on the quilt. If I’d wanted perfectly straight lines, I’d have used a ruler, but that would’ve added about 10 hours to this quilt.

As it was I had a few issues with the Glide thread — the first issues I’ve ever had with Glide. For some reason, the top thread was very tight at times and snapped. I couldn’t figure it out, but it wasn’t enough for me to abandon the thread and go with something else. It’s possible the thread and the batik fabric didn’t play nice together, and it may not have been the thread alone (I’ve used this thread spool on other quilts without a problem).

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Threads used:

  • Top: Fil-Tec Glide ‘Neon Orange’ (40 wt , trilobal polyester, colour 90811)
  • Bottom: Fil-Tec Magna Glide Classic pre-wound (white)

Photos of all the Community Quilts I’ve quilted are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhondamadeit/sets/72157630291250200/


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7 responses

26 08 2014
Gary & Gwen

HI Rhonda..I don’t remember this quilt…oops…. I like the randomness of the almost straight line rectangles… very effective. Good to hear you fight with some threads too as gives me a bit more confidence. Will be interested to see what you learn from other comments.

158… amazing!!!… wish we could get some others as enthusiastic.

Cheers Gwen

26 08 2014
Janet

I had thread problems with a batik quilt also. I was using a Superior Thread and it broke too. I do think it is the batik material. Like you, I stuck it out though.

29 08 2014
Dawn C.

Very pretty quilt & love the quilting. Did you do any SID?

29 08 2014
Rhonda

No stitch in the ditch on this one, Dawn.

8 11 2014
Rebecca Stewart-Bartell

Hey that’s the quilt top I made and donated
I love the quilting you did on it, looks awesome

8 11 2014
Rhonda

I’m glad you liked it Rebecca. I rarely hear back from those who made the tops, so it’s gratifying to know that you thought I enhanced your lovely top.

25 01 2015
Community Quilt 182 | Rhonda Bracey: At Random

[…] lots of options in my head and drawing over it with my finger 😉 Eventually, I decided on an all-over squared stipple motif and was about to start, but at the last moment I decided on really big swirly spirals, with about […]

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