Here’s the third and final post on my new quilt!
I wanted to do quick, simple quilting on my quilt. I decided to just do parallel lines on the sashing, using navy thread. I traced lines approximately 3/4″ from each square – in some cases, I learned, my squares weren’t as well aligned as I thought, so the lines aren’t always exactly parallel to the squares, but they’re close enough. Again, since this quilt is for me, I wasn’t that concerned.
Here are the traced lines – sorry they aren’t that clear in the picture.
Here are my brand new pins and machine needles, purchased on advice from the ladies on my quilt retreat.
I don’t always quilt closely together, but I read on someone’s quilt blog that the quilting shouldn’t be more than three inches apart for a quilt that will be used a lot, because in time the quilt might start to fall apart. Just in case, I decided I should at least do some additional quilting. I spent some time thinking about the best way to quilt the diamonds – since I’d chosen them to highlight the prints, some of which I fussy cut, I didn’t want to obscure the prints by quilting over or through them. Here are different ideas I thought about:
I finally decided on diamonds quilted inside of them, like below. For the corners and edges, I traced whatever portion would appear if it were part of a whole diamond.
The diamonds meant I didn’t have to maneuver the quilt too much. Since this is what my quilt space looks like, I think you can see why I prefer pretty simple designs when machine quilting:
I quilt on the desk from my childhood bedroom set. It’s not ideal, to say the least.
I quilted the diamonds across diagonal rows. I rolled up the quilt and began with the center diagonal row, going from the top corner of the quilt to the bottom corner opposite. Each row got two passes – first quilting one half of each diamond and then quilting the second. I alternated sides, so if I did the left side of the top diamond, I did the right side of the diamond below it, and back and forth all the way down. Then I moved to the row to the right, and the row to the right of that, until I was finished with that half of the quilt. Then I flipped the quilt over and repeated the process with the rows that remained.
I only quilted within each of the squares set on point. When I got to the bottom, I backstitched, lifted my needle and the foot, and moved to the top point of the square below. I cut all those threads off at the end.
I was really happy with how the quilting came out.
Here’s the quilting from the back:
I LOVE the back. I love it more than the front.
I finished the quilt in the beginning of April and since we’ve had another cold snap I’ve actually been able to use it again.