Machine Quilting Negative Space »
InstructionsThis quilt is based on a free pattern from this website:
Type of item: Functional
Style: Cute, Mod, Funky
100% cotton fabric, Bamboo batting and a variety of threads for quilting. I use a mix of thread depending on what I'm working on. I don't stick to only one type. This quilt has Aurifil 50wt, SoFine 40wt variegated, Rainbows 40 wt variegated, Magnifico, King Tut... The list goes on - I got carried away with stitching in different colours around the "flowers" (circles)
What was your inspiration?
A friend, asked me to make a baby quilt that she could give as a gift. My friend has very modern styling so I did a quick google search for modern baby quilts and this pattern caught my eye.
Part of the attraction is the simple styling - it wasn't going to take forever to make it and I knew that quilting it could be as simple or complex as I wanted to make it.
What are you most proud of?
I like the section with the large applique flower. I love how the little triangles around the edge add a little extra zing. I used Superior MonoPoly to quilt the swirls. I wanted to be able to see the quilting but not the thread.
I knew that from taking the Quilting Negative Spaces class on Craftsy, I could do some really nice quilting around this flower. I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to FMQ but i'm really happy with the way this turned out.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Have a go. It's a very simple pattern and on a relatively small quilt like this there are lots of of negative space that provides opportunities to try out new quilting techniques.
I was pressed for time finishing it so unfortunately "fell back" on stippling for around the circular flowers. Ideally I would have liked to spend a little more time on this section and really try out some other sorts of quilting.