Wednesday 25 July 2012

Quilt Along #23 - Bare Branches

Last week's task in Leah Day's Quilt Along Wednesday was a design called Bare Branches. This is a different type of design that requires some backtracking.

Here is the result:

Not too bad, a bit sloppy on some of the backtracking, but overall quite manageable. Needs quite a bit of concentration to execute.

My question this week relates to my quilt that I am using for practice. I constructed this out of squares with some sashing in between. To stabilise this, I quilted all of the squares along the ditch that I am quilting the squares I am getting puckers where it meets the quilting-in the ditch.  

Here is a close up - a bit hard to see as the photo is not the best quality but the pucker is in the left corner where the Bare Branch design extends a bit too far into the corner.

- should I have quilted in-the ditch of all the squares or should I just have had maybe one vertical and one horizontal line to stabilise the quilt and then commenced the FMQ in the squares (as some books suggest)?
-or, is this maybe the result of not adequately basting the whole affair (as the squares are a bit puffed out) ?

I am now thinking that I maybe should not have quilted in-the ditch at all and just FMQ the squares one by one. As you can see I am a bit confused about this.
Until next time



  1. I'm sure Leah will post a good answer to your question - but in my experience I get puckers like that if I haven't used enough pins when I baste and everything shifts on me. You did a nice job with the quilting though!

  2. Yes, I think you might be right

  3. I wouldn't have noticed that pucker if you hadn't pointed it out. But I totally understand. We want it to be as perfect as possible. Great stitching and I love your colors!

  4. I am trying very hard to let it go and promised myself not to undo it. It is not that noticeable but I put it up there because it really wants to pucker up every time I approach the corners. Bit of a hassle. Don't usually have issues with puckering.

  5. It looks great - sorry about the puckering. If it makes you feel any better, I had a hard time telling where it is even with the close up.

  6. Thanks...I am actually getting better with letting those things go because it really puts in a barrier for you to try and extend yourself. And like you said, most people won't even notice it's there.

  7. Your work looks wonderful and I wouldn't have noticed the pucker if you hadn't pointed it out. If this was a quilt, once it was washed and dried it wouldn't even show up.

  8. Yes, you are right. By the way, had a look at your have just gained a new follower. So much to look at. Will have to explore in greater detail in the next few days.

    Greetings from Down Under


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