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Machine Quilting Negative Space taught by Angela Walters

Turn your quilt's negative space into positively fabulous designs! Angela shows how to complement pieced sections with motifs and texture.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabrics, Isacord thread

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What are you most proud of? I decided to use this quilt as intensive FMQ practice & I do believe that I may actually getting better. I also wanted more experience in just moving the quilt around for FMQ & boy did I get that! I also discovered how great is was to use my Bernina 830 to do the quilting as it has a lot of space to the right of the needle (12 glorious inches).

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be sure to stop & reposition your hands as needed - it really helps with the control of the movement. I don't think I would do this much quilting on something I wanted to be soft & cuddly - all that thread makes it a little stiff. I'm still trying to decide if I should do circles in the sashing as it looks kind of wrinkly or just let it be. I did use a 6" ruler in the tiles section & it really helped me get straighter longer lines.

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I agree, Sue. It is so popular right now to do a lot of the dense quilting, but I like the "old school" way of keeping the design of the quilt the focus.

09/06/2012 Flag

I'm with you, vanmofan. The colors, fabrics, & design are what I have the most fun with - that draws my eye before the quilting - but I wanted to have more quilting options that just stitch in the ditch

09/10/2012 Flag

Darns, this is beautiful! And inspiring to me... I have not quilted anything yet, but I am getting psyched up to begin! Since I have caught the quilting bug,,, and I LOVE piecing, I want to be able to complete the process by doing my own quilting. I've signed up for a couple of machine quilting classes, here on Craftsy, and I also adore Leah Day's website. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, and your generous advice. It is very helpful to those of us who are rank beginners! :)

09/09/2012 Flag

Thank you, Di4N4! I was that rank beginner in January when I discovered Craftsy - found Leah Day a couple of months later - she is going to have a Craftsy class - I definitely will take that one!

09/10/2012 Flag

Beautiful designs in your quilting!

09/14/2012 Flag

Thanks a lot, Fran! Still have lots to learn & practice

09/14/2012 Flag

I am in the process of making this quilt and am already trying to decide how to quilt it. I've done nothing more than SITD and FMQ stippling. What do you think of straight and/or curvy lines down the length of the quilt?

03/20/2013 Flag

I also did SITD on all the seams and then decided to use the blocks to practice other FMQ motifs. However, I think it would look good with straight diagonal lines going through the squares rather than going down the length of the quilt.

03/20/2013 Flag

Great quilt! lovely designs on the blocks. I signed up for the course but so far I am mostly an armchair FMQ-ha

07/05/2013 Flag

Thanks, mimi! Get out of the armchair & get at the sewing machine, girl! Yes, FMQ takes lots of practice but so worth it when your hands & foot finally get it!

07/06/2013 Flag