Friday, 14 June 2013

Ingrid!

Why does it always seem that the last project you have been working on is your favourite?  I just couldn't wait to share with you my latest finished quilt project.  Here is 'Ingrid'.
She is a pattern from the book '3 Times the Charm: Book Two' by Me and My Sister Designs.  I love her!  The fabric charm pack that I used to make her is 'Sunkissed' by Sweetwater and I love the feel of Summer that it gives the quilt.
Usually when the quilt top is finished, the blocks lend themselves to a particular quilting design but, with this quilt, I didn't get a distinct image of the quilting I wanted to complete.  In the end, I decided to quilt it using an allover dense channel quilting.  I used a squiggly (technical term!) line rather than a straight line and I am very pleased with the result.  I achieve the squiggly stitch by using a stitch called a 'running stitch' on my machine and then adjusting the stitch width and length settings. Not all machines may have this stitch. However, a nearly identical look can also be achieved by selecting the 'three-step' zig-zag stitch on your machine (most machines have this utility stitch) and then changing the stitch width (decrease) and stitch length (increase) settings. It is best to experiment with your own machine until you get a look that you like.
Three-step zig-zag stitch normal setting (below) and adjusted (above).
This quilt is going to be just perfect to decorate my garden furniure over the Summer months... just need a little more reliable sunshine!!


5 comments:

  1. I really like this one, it is an unusual design - very modern.

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  2. Carolina Gazitua15 June 2013 at 14:10

    This is beautiful!! I love the quilting design. Instead of a charm pack, could you also use a Jelly Roll?

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    1. Hi Carolina! I am sure you could cut the pieces from a Jelly Roll but there would be more waste fabric as the pattern is specifically designed for a charm pack.

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  3. After your comment on my blog about Sunkissed I had to come and look at your beautiful quilt - I can see why it's your favorite! I love the quilting - it is exactly what I want to do with my machine. I have not yet figured out how, but I am going to try your suggestions.

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    1. Thank you Linda! It is really quite straightforward quilting. I hope you give it a try! :) x

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