Machine Quilting Negative Space »
InstructionsThe patchwork portion is stitched in the ditch - every stinking seam! (Cindy Needham) The applique is machine appliqued using a blanket stitch. All of the machine applique is stitched in the ditch alongside the applique. The background quilting is Angela Walter's swirl pattern. The owl wings are a modified version of Angela's wood grain pattern.
Type of item: Functional
Style: Cute, Whimsical
Scrappy fabrics, Hobbs Heirloom Wool Batting, Superior Mono Poly clear thread for the stitch in the ditch, a variety of fine threads for free motion quilting and machine applique: Aurifil, Superior Masterpiece, DMC, Presencia, and Mettler, DMC embroidery floss for hand embroidery, Shades Soft Fuse fusible web for applique. The pattern is "whoo's your BABY?'" by Karen Costello Soltys from the book "jelly babies".
What was your inspiration?
This quilt was made for my cousin who is expecting her first baby in early 2013! My cousin is a quilter that loves scrappy fabrics. I was so happy that I was able to incorporate several non-traditional fabrics into the quilt and still retain the "baby" feel to it. I even snuck in some Kaffe Fassett!
What are you most proud of?
Those swirls in the background! I've never done background free motion quilting without pre-marking the design. I was able to incorporate the teachings from several free motion quilting Craftsy instructors and completed this project using my home sewing machine. Thank you Ann Petersen, Cindy Needham, Leah Day, and Angela Walters!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Practice, practice, practice! I love Angela's approach to free motion quilting. She doesn't worry about every little stitch being the perfect length. She doesn't "stress" over every little wobble! And as Leah Day would say, if you rip out every imperfect seam when free motion quilting, the only thing you're going to be good at is using a seam ripper!