Quilting Quests 3 Section A Hand Quilting
Hand quilting is my favoured way of quilting, I find I have more control over my piece of work and I think the outcome is much more pleasing to the eye. I also find machine quilting to pucker even when using a walking foot. This may be more to do with my machine than the act of machine quilting itself.
For this task I used three of my small transfer fabrics from the previous chapter, as top layers. I used a light weight natural wadding for the middle and fine cotton for the back of the quilt sandwich.
I sometimes tack the sandwich in place and sometimes use quilting safely pins, I used both these methods on different pieces of work.
I used outline quilting on the first piece, for the second piece I quilted on the outside of two circles and the inside of two and on the third piece I stitched in the spaces between the lines
Journey: this refers to the ‘route’ of a drawn or stitched line. Either travelling along a quilting line from one part of a pattern to another, or by choosing a straight/horizontal/vertical or diagonal passage to stitch along.
I had never heard this quilting term used before
I was asked to produce two or more small samples of echo quilting using fabrics which I had designed in the previous chapter
Echo quilting uses two or more parallel lines and echo’s the shapes of the patchwork or applique but in this case the stencilled edges have been echoed.
To carry out the quilting I used two threads of embroidery silk in co-ordinating colours.
In chapter 1 we looked at colour wheels and which colours complement each other. As in my stitching for task 2 I used thread to complement the colours of my stencilled fabric.
For Task 3 I was asked to fill a page in my coursework book with four photo’s showing colours which complement each other.
For this task I used a mono printed piece of fabric from a previous chapter and stitched in the spaces between the pattern. I chose red embroidery silk to stitch with to complement the green fabric paint which I used in the mono print process. The pattern in the paint was made by me using the edge of a wooden clothes peg and as I wiped this through the paint it formed a calligraphy type pattern giving a shadow effect. I stitched along only one side of the quilting journey to help enhance the shadow.
Template Quilting Designs
For this task I searched through my research photos and magazine cuttings and found a picture of a leaf which I chose to make a card template from.
I enlarged the outline of the leaf by drawing it freehand onto card which I then cut out. I lay this template on paper and by positioning it in different ways I produced four different quilting designs for Task 6 I then mounted this sheet into my coursework book
For this task I produced a quilted sample using my chosen template design. I chose patterned fabric as asked, in a mustard colour with a rust colour embroidery thread for the stitching. I drew around the template with a fabric pencil and stitched on the lines. I was half way through the stitching when I remembered that I was going to use a thicker and polyester wadding to bring a puffier effect, but instead had used a lighter weight natural wadding, as is my usual preferred choice. So I will use the polyester on my Xtra piece
Section B: Machine Quilting
Method 1: On the Design Line
For this task I chose two pieces of my designed fabrics from a previous chapter to produce machine ‘on the line’ quilting samples
I prepared these pieces into quilt sandwiches as before, chose complementary threads for stitching and used the walking foot on my machine. I followed the decorative lines printed on the fabrics. I enjoyed this task and was happy with the outcome.
Method 2: Outline Quilting
For this task I used two fabric paint printed fabrics and stitched parallels to the stitching journey, firstly through the centre of the circles and then along the pale blue lines and one masking tape designed fabric where I stitched along the edge of the pattern
I used seamed blocks from Module 1 To produce two samples of quilting ‘in the ditch’. One of these I missed the ‘ditch’ in part and so I did another one as well.
In order to do this task I made the quilt sandwiches as before, using a four-patch block, a tapered sample and a strip sample. To stitch ‘in the ditch’ I needed to make sure the seams had been pressed well and with the RS of the fabric towards me I positioned the presser foot so that the needle would fall directly into the seam by spreading the fabric a little with my hands on either side of the seam.
I have hardly tried any of the automatic stitches on my machine and so decided to go ahead with the Xtra option.
I used one of my sample blocks made with inverted seams and tried out three different stitches using a complementary coloured thread and heavier weight polyester wadding. I really like the finished piece 😊although will no doubt revert back to my favoured wadding for quilts in the future.