|Roo's Quilt Top|
Back in March, Roo PM'ed me and inquired about how I basted quilts for quilting. After sharing my pin basting preferences, I inquired about her current project and asked to see a picture. She sent me a photo of her newest quilt top and it was spectacular. I especially loved the fun and modern design, especially all the negative space created by the raspberry solid fabric!! There were so many possibilities for adding quilting texture!! Roo asked me if I had any suggestions for quilting it. I began by first learning more about her quilting preferences: walking foot and/or free motion. She shared that she had both options available but was more comfortable with a walking foot. I imported her photo into my Paint program and sketched out some quilting lines, using dot to dot designs from Angela Walter's Dot-to-Dot Quilting Craftsy Class. Stitching some straight lines would help break up the negative space and create a wonderful secondary design. Each diamond could be further broken down with additional echo lines and/or filled in with free motion motifs: figure eights, loop de loops, pebbles or anything else!
|Quilting Designs Sketched|
|Visual Reference for No Mark Quilting Using Blue Painter's Tape|
After just a few days, Roo sent along pictures of her progress. She did an expect job of taping her guidelines (much neater than me!!) and had begun stitching her diamond/kite shapes.
|Roo's Progress on Dot to Dot Quilting|
The very next day, Roo sent me the following message: "I have made an executive decision. I am going to forego the free motion quilting on this project. I am going to quilt some straight lines in the diamonds." She included a sketch of her own which I thought was a perfect quilt design solution--more dot to dot quilted lines!!
|Roo's Ingenious Design Solution--More Dot to Dot Quilting!|
|Roo's Beautifully Quilted Baby Quilt|
So it was with great joy and relief that I received word a day or two later, sharing that she had resolved the issue and was now enjoying the process more. Alleluiah!! Just a few days later, she had finished all the quilting and was rather happy with how it turned out! As she should be--as it really turned out truly spectacular!!
I too was pleased at how Roo embraced a new technique and showed great perseverance despite technical glitches with her sewing machine!! Seeing the finished result and hearing her take such pride in her work was priceless, and I was so happy to be part of her quilting journey!
Imagine my surprise when I received a package from Australia this past week! Inside, contained a lovely assortment of goodies: fat quarters of Australian fabrics, a beach themed post it note pad, a thoughtful thank you card and more pictures of Roo's beautifully finished baby quilt. I love the fabrics and can't wait to find a project worthy of cutting into them!
|Aussie Thank You Gifts|