I Quilt Linky Party – Forgiving


Welcome to Pretty Bobbins I Quilt Linky Party.  I would love you to link up!  This linky party is all about the quilting process, we want to share and learn and grow as quilters.  Please make sure to visit three other linkers and add a link to my blog and/or my button to your post (you can find it top right or at the bottom if you’re on a mobile device).  Next week is the last Thursday of the month and I’d like to invite you to discuss wadding (also known as batting depending on where you live in the world).

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This week I’m talking forgiving, as in which quilting designs are rather forgiving ;)  I’m also hoping that you’ll be forgiving as I have a full plate this week and haven’t managed to get myself organised to feature someone from last week’s linky.  It’s a busy time and my day kind of fell apart when we had some intruders strip our lemon tree this morning.  It’s happened once before and to be honest the guys probably are after nothing more than lemons, but it is scary when they won’t leave and it leaves you worried about what might happen.  Anyway, the day is nearly over and I’m looking forward to a fresh day tomorrow! :)

One of my favourite (and thread hungry!!) techniques to personalize a quilt <3

I’m currently working on a lovely, girly butterfly quilt which I hope to finish tomorrow.  It’s actually a repeat of a cot sized quilt I made earlier in the year, but this one is a whopping 2m x 1.9m!!  I am quilting the same design but it’s been really interesting to use different materials and see how that changes the look and the feel of the quilt.  Last time I used an AMH flannelette for the backing and wool wadding, this time it is all quilting cottons with 100% cotton wadding.  Next week I’ll be talking more about wadding and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

You can see the flight paths and how much better they look once the main quilting is completed

I quilted three “paths” for the butterflies to give movement and whilst it looks a bit odd at first, it works quite well once you fill in all the space.

This quilting design is really easy.  It’s three shallow arches that are themselves in an arch shape and end in a swirl.  The swirl can either touch another ‘cloud’ or not.  It’s great for quilting up close to the butterflies (which are attached with fusible web and then quilted in place) without having to worry about direction.

The 100% cotton wadding is much flatter than the wool I used last time but it still gives a nice shape to the lettering.

It is also very forgiving when you think you’re going to get a pucker or fold or bubble in your quilt sandwich.  You just leave a gap in your quilting that is part of the design and you avoid messy folds.  Perfect!

The back is kona berrylicious and I love the contrasting quilting in grey Aurifil

OK, that’s about the limit of my ability to write coherently this evening LOL  I’d love you to link up and support your fellow quilty bloggers by visiting at least 3 other linkers.  Also, linking back to my blog will hopefully bring more linkers and more for us to learn.  I’m really loving visiting everyone’s blogs each week.  I’ve managed to visit everyone each week so far but I haven’t been quite so awesome in replying to comments so if you asked me a question and I haven’t replied, please as again :)  Happy linking and please feel free to link about wadding/batting next week :)

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10 Comments on I Quilt Linky Party – Forgiving

  1. Teje
    November 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm (5 months ago)

    Hi and thank you again for hosting this party! Your quilting looks fantastic and I love your idea for butterflies’ paths! All the quilt is beautiful! x Teje

  2. Jo
    November 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm (5 months ago)

    love love LOVE the butterfly quilt. I love the swirly cloud filler. I think it is distinctly yours which along with the words surrounded by back and forth lines, is like your signature. Thanks for finding time to still blog and host this party

  3. Julia in Mississippi
    November 22, 2013 at 12:15 am (5 months ago)

    I love how you quilt names into your quilts. I may need to try that sometime.

  4. AmandaK
    November 22, 2013 at 1:43 am (5 months ago)

    Love the butterflies and the name in the quilting. :)

  5. Diana
    November 22, 2013 at 1:45 am (5 months ago)

    Love the color, design and your quilting is phenomenal! :) Thanks for the design inspiration and the link up! Also love the fab in your dress picture! Awesome!

  6. Christa Quilts
    November 22, 2013 at 7:08 am (5 months ago)

    What a sweet quilt! The quilting is awesome too!

  7. Anita
    November 22, 2013 at 7:23 am (5 months ago)

    I honestly can’t wrap my brain around the quilting. =( Do you do it on a machine and do you stop stitching at the end of every cloud, cut the thread and start again? It blows me away, it’s so beautiful! Some day, I’ll be more creative with my quilting….some day. =)

  8. Jenn E from Mellycoddle
    November 22, 2013 at 8:19 am (5 months ago)

    Wow!!! That is gorgeous :). Love love love the butterflies and the quilting :).

  9. Lea
    November 22, 2013 at 8:50 am (5 months ago)

    Wow! Your quilting is awesome! Beautiful. I have practiced machine quilting (straight stitching not FMQ) on small projects. I’m getting braver and will be machine quilting my first quilt with straight stitches. It’s a small quilt for my nephew.

  10. Marion
    November 23, 2013 at 5:31 am (5 months ago)

    Eine tolle Arbeit !! Ich bin begeistert.

    Liebe Grüße


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