Monday, March 24, 2014

Tennessee Lightnin' Strikes Again

Tennessee Lightnin',  54" x 70",  is now quilted!
It started back here, with some old shirts bought with friends on a trip to Tennessee 
and inspiration from the book, Bold Improvisation by Scott Heffley.

It had another border for awhile, but it just wasn't working for me.    

I quilted it with straight lines, using the free motion foot.  
The trick is turning the quilt at each corner, so you're always sewing forward or backward, 
not side to side or diagonally.  At first I tried it with the walking foot, but the fmq was faster.

I kept the diagonal quilting lines going in the border.  
It's hard to see, but it makes a nice overall texture.

Even the binding got to join the diagonal dance!

Now for more play with fans.  Hmm, straight or diagonal?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Eyelashes is Quilted!

"Eyelashes" (80" x 80") is quilted at last, just in time for the local quilt show.
I finished the top a few years ago, and quilted it over the last few months.

I used black perle #8 cotton and wool batting.

The design and quilting is inspired by Kathy Doughty's "Gypsy Kisses" in her book, Making Quilts
I used Kaffe Fassett's "Pickle Dish" pattern from his book, Quilt Romance.

Next up more fans! 
This one is inspired by this quilt made by Julie Fukuda and her quilt group in Tokyo.