Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Quilt Along # 35 - Goldilocks

This week's homework on Leah Day's Quilt Along Wednesdays  was the design Goldilocks which is an extension of the Flowing Lines design from last week. Leah demonstrated it in her sashings on the video in her post.

I could not use my sashings for that as they are only 2 inches wide and if I wanted to stipple in it, I would have had to microstipple and I decided that that would be too dense for the sashing. Hence I needed to do the design in one of the blocks which allowed some space for the design. Sorry, photos are not that good but I need to fill up some of the lighter colour squares by now (almost filled up my entire practice quilt - very exciting).


and the back



I'm afraid my design did turn out somewhat differently as I started to veer off to the side making this more of a filler design...this happened as my square started to dangerously puff out on one side (due to some pulling on my part, I think). Hence, I needed to severely flatten this to avoid serious puckers.  Got away with it and then stippled the other side half way down to match it a bit. Looks quite alright. I reckon this could look quite nice in a border but wonder how you would stitch that at the bottom...

Question: If you were to stitch the design in the border would you stitch off the border into the batting travelling to the next point to re-enter your border...would this work?

Linking up to Quilt Along #35 on the Freemotion Quilting Project.

Until next time

Karin

8 comments:

  1. It looks great! I did mine with micro-stippling but will try it in a larger area one of these days. I stitch off the border so I'm anxious to hear what Leah has to say. ~Jeanne

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  2. Nicely done Karin! To me it looks like winter tree branches with foggy mist in the background :)

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    1. Thanks. Yes, looks pretty interesting... I will try this design in the outer border next.

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  3. Even Goldilocks has a little "bed head" in the mornings!! : D

    I like how this design easily becomes a filler. I am working on a wall hanging, so more dense quilting should be okay...I hope...I'll block it when I'm done, too. So interesting how you can quilt this on a larger scale like you did, and at the same time I stitched some test runs in 1.5" areas!

    To answer your question, I do that. I have an open toe foot (courtesy of the Leah Day manipulation instructions for plastic toes), and I just make sure I hold the edge down on either side of the needle and sew backwards (or at an angle) back onto the quilt top. This way, the edge of the top cannot be caught by the open foot. ...And now that I've been doing this a while, I find that going sideways often works, but I am very careful that the foot doesn't slip under the top edge. Note: remember that a quarter inch is going to be covered by binding, so a wee little hiccup somewhere along the line won't show at all. If you encounter small problem here or there, don't rip out anything that will be covered up.

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    1. Will have to try this out in the outer border....should be interesting

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  4. Mine didn't pucker, but It did ripple. I suppose maybe I did a poor basting job. Awesome job on yours. I kinda like the veering off look. It gives a nice random look, but still balanced.

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    1. Yes, not a bad filler design actually.

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