Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stop, Drop and Roll Quilt Along, part 7.4

Welcome to week 7 of the Stop, Drop and Roll Quilt Along! I am hosting this for the Old Red Barn Co. Flickr group.

Week 1: We made our blocks.
Week 2: We assembled our quilt tops.
Week 3: We basted our quilts.
Week 4: We practiced some straight line quilting patterns.
Week 5: We practiced some C curve quilting patterns .
Week 6: We practiced some loopy quilting patterns.

This week, all of the free-motion quilting patterns are based on an S-curve.

The machine:
I used my Janome 6600 for this video. I used the darning foot on the machine and I dropped my feed dogs.

The thread:
For the top thread, I used Tutti from WonderFil, color TU20 Storm.
For the bobbin thread, I used DecoBob. by WonderFil, color DB302 Royal Blue.

After filming, I realized that the darker blue thread did not show well on the black fabric. Sorry!

The video:
Today's free-motion quilting pattern is called Elements. I used this design on my son's friends' graduation quilts. Those boys loved to have bonfires (with parental supervision, of course) and the design reminds me of flames.

Grab some scrap fabric sandwiches and practice this design:



The finished pattern:


The hints:
  • When I need to stop the machine, I stop in a corner or where two patterns overlap. If I stop in the middle of a design, the stop/start will leave a visible jog.
  • Even though my first machine quilting teacher told me to "quilt fast and don't stop," I quilt rather slowly. I set my machine to the speed I want to quilt, and then put my pedal to the floor. This helps keep my stitches a consistent length.
  • I stop frequently while quilting. This keeps me from getting a sore neck, allows me to reposition my hands, and gives me time to figure out where to place the next design.
Next week: swirl designs!

1 comment:

Lynne S of Oz said...

I love the effect of the dark blue thread on the black compared to the light blue - in the pics it makes it look like you've deliberately somehow made the thread thicker or put two closely aligned rows of stitches or something!