After being inspired by the lovely soft texture in Audrey over at Quilty Folk's wonderful entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival here, I really, truly wanted to try some organic straight line quilting for this baby quilt. Really, I did! Problem was, this quilt was resisting me, every step of the way to the sewing machine.
Circles, it wanted circles - lots of them. And so, after ditch quilting the major seams, the walking foot reluctantly came off the Janome, and free-motion foot was installed. Then what? Off to find some FMQ design that I might have a prayer of a chance to accomplish in a fairly short time, without completely messing up this top and all of its solid whiteness, that was definitely going to show Every.Single.Error.Glaringly. Sigh...
I began searching some tutorials in one of my favorite FMQ blogs, Lori Kennedy's The Inbox Jaunt, and found her Dots and Dashes Tutorial. OK, do-able, maybe, as long as I draw those lines and circles ahead of time.
By the second evening the boxes were being filled with another FMQ stand-by, the Jesters Hat design by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring.
I filled the outer borders with large 'bubbles.' Some of these will be filled in with the letters of the new baby's name and birthdate after he's born. The remainder will most likely be filled in with a spiral design or some other small motif. Lots of lines drawn, but we can still call the quilting organic and wavy, hehe!
And, finally, yesterday, the scrappy binding was stitched down and a finish!
I love taking newly finished quilts outside for a photo shoot in the early morning light. This morning was nearly perfect, except for the cold north wind blowing!
The lighting was perfect for highlighting the texture of the quilting. Here you can see the 'bubbles' that will need to be filled in later with the little one's name and birthdate. And the leaves that kept falling as I was snapping these photos.
One down, and one more to go - plus a few receiving blankets - in time for the shower in early November.