Saturday, July 14, 2012

Off the Frame

This one was made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I really like what my customer did by separating those prints with a soothing off-white strip.  The overall quilt top is strikingly pretty and there's a nice order to it.  I think some quilters shy away from the busy prints because they're afraid those kinds can't be tamed.

For a quilting design, I suggested this oyster shell allover stitching.  It adds a texture without taking away from the true stars of the show - those K. Fassett prints.  When you see the whole quilt top and you're not really close to it, the quilting threads disappear into the texture.

This quilt top pattern would be fun to work on when you're enjoying a sewing day with friends.  It looks like it's pretty forgiving if you accidentally reverse a row.  I might have to keep this one in mind.

I quickly pieced a few scraps together to use as a tension tester.  Before I start quilting or after I've changed bobbins, I like to test the stitches on a spare piece of fabric.  By making this one extra large, it can be cut into about 5 mug rugs.  It seemed like a nicer way to practice than just wasting a swatch of material.

One more photo to share because this one is so fun!

BTW, the botanical quilt is back on the frame.  It's almost done!  I needed to rotate it a quarter turn to finish the borders.  I'll take lots more photos before returning it to it's owner.  Then, I'll enjoy a few days of rest before returning to the frame.

Enjoy your day!


  1. I sure do not like to quilt because lack of talent I guess. Sure wish I could send all of my quilts away because you do a beautiful job!

  2. that is a fabulous use of those prints - your client did a great job. I love the quilting you've done on it, and your practice piece makes a lot of sense - great idea!