As my past four posts will attest to, I have been working on Whirligiggles, a quilt of six sided components – pinwheels and stars – and so this hexagon beauty capture my attention. The venue was compact and so I was unable to distance myself enough to get a photo of the entire quilt but this portion is enough to convey the awesomeness.
The free motion quilting on it was inspiring and I was wondering if I could in some way incorporate that in my Whirligiggles.
Since I am relatively new and inexperienced in free motion quilting, I am always on the lookout for stitching and pathway ideas. I like that this snowman was quilted in tune with his shape and that the density is just sufficient for my taste. Extremely dense quilting, although its look can be lovely – and usually is, is beyond my skill and patience level at this point. I agree with the Goldilocks approach to quilting this snowman - not too much, not too little... just right!
Perhaps using yo-yos like the following photo of the star might be a whimsical alternative hiding a lot of hand-stitching goofs? But then I would not really be getting the appliqué practice, now would I? Aah... yet to be decided. Whirligiggles must marinate a bit more on my design wall.
Keeping in mind future projects at home, I have a blue and white quilt kit pending that uses a Dresden plate technique. I was attracted to the use of two fabrics in the blades that make of the petals of the flower on this pillow. The radial alignment of the wavy purple fabric for this project was just pure genius!
This quilt was a clever idea for those jelly rolls I have. I like how the linear pattern is broken up by a few square in squares strategically placed. In retrospect I should have looked if those squares are pieced in or appliquéd on (there is that A-word again).
Update March 10th: I conveniently "forgot" to mention my purchases from show vendors. One of my 2017 quilting goals was "Buy tools or threads instead of fabric". I bought a zig-zig foot for my featherweight. It should be handy. I must also admit that I did buy one piece of fabric at the show - but just one. I could not resist buying two yards of Grand Canal by Kate Spain. I love Kate Spain's designs and those colors were just too scrumptious to resist. I noticed it and passed it by once, but when we were leaving and my husband pointed it out to me and said "Isn't that striking?" I caved. Sigh.