Once again, I had the privilege of being asked to quilt some quilts
for Northcott, in Vaughan. Although this is a great opportunity for
me, it always makes me feel nervous, stretched, and excited.
This is what one of the quilt tops looked like when I got it. A blank canvas
so to speak. Due to time restrictions and deadlines, I have to
quickly figure out what I am going to stitch on it. Patti Carey usually gives
me her thoughts and wishes about what she would like on the top.
Because this top screams “modern” to me, I thought that I might try
some of Angela Walter’s designs. There are alot of squares on this top so
I just followed the shape and stitched in squares as well. I didn’t use a
ruler so I am surprised that the lines in the squares are pretty straight.
The backing was white and shows the quilting nicely. I used a white
40 weight thread for the top. And a variegated 40 weight for the colored
squares. Because the batting is really thin, the thread brands used on
these quilts are usually So Fine, King Tut, Bottom Line, and Fantastico.
They do have a lovely sheen to them and show the texture of the quilting.
Here is the second one that I worked on. I did manage to quilt 11 tops
in a span of 2-3 weeks. Yes, it was quite the feat but most were only
50-60″ in size. At the end of this marathon, I didn’t even want to
think about quilts at all, at least not for a couple of days.
This is a nice top. At first, I had no idea about quilting designs
but I thought that I would connect all that sashing around the brown
stars. And feathers are fast so I quilted feathers in that area using a
variegated blue thread-So Fine-40 weight.
In the brown stars, I quilted in 4 straight lines in the center of
the block and then filled in the space with swirls. It is a Judi Madsen
design. It stitches out really quickly and looks great.
In the area outside of the stars, I quilted 1/4 ” around the block and
then some straight line ruler work.
In the small outer border, I thought that something simple
would be appropriate so I did a double set of lines on an
angle to resemble the stars.
The back of the quilt was a nice dark blue.
The brown thread from the front did come through onto the
backing a little but it can’t be avoided sometimes.
Have a great week.