Well, technically, it is the same quilt, but quilted differently. I told you how it started off as one large quilt, and ended up as two quilts! In fact, I quilted this one first, but the binding on the other one came first.
This brown strip that used from my stash was thicker fabric than the rest used on the quilt. So every time I reached this band, the thread would break! You would appreciate that that was pretty horrible – I ended up stopping short of the band, skipping that area and continuing on the other side! I came back later to complete the brown band by walking foot! Which also meant I had several dozen pairs of threads to bury all along this strip on either side. In fact, I can still spot some threads which need to meet their end inside the batting, but I wanted to take these photos before the sun set!
I experimented with some straight line quilting to make my task a bit easier – you can see that on the coloured fabric.
I have done a quilt before with a spiral, but that was a single huge spiral on a quilt as you go panel and I think I used a walking foot. This one was almost entirely done with the echo free motion quilting foot, so was quite something else. Over all, I am quite satisfied with the way it turned out!
For the backing, I found an interesting print in brownish greys, which went quite well with my main prints.
I think the lovely lady for whom this quilt has been made should like it, don’t you?
Tomorrow I will show you what else I have been up to! So do check in.
noun the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. “a fortunate stroke of serendipity” synonyms: chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke;
My Dreamcatcher quilt is being quilted in 5 panels, four of which are 4 blocks put together and the centre piece is a plain square. You can see what I mean here.
I had been wondering what I was going to do in the centre square – browsed through several pins on Pinterest and googled through hundreds of images. And then, suddenly, the answer landed up in my email inbox last month!
I have been an admirer of Geta Grama, the Romanian quilter, ever since I took up quilting some 8 years ago. She does the most fantastic FMQ and her trapunto is to die for! You will fall in love with her gorgeous patterns. Well, to cut a long story short, she has designed a whole cloth quilt pattern (Endless Love) and…believe you me…it has been quilted on Fossil Fern (by Benartex) fabric which I am using for my quilt – even the colour of the fabric is exactly the same blue I have there in the centre of my quilt! Now if that is not serendipity, what is?!
There were two patterns in the package I bought ( with excellent, detailed instructions) and I decided to try out the simpler one on a practice piece, before I start working on the blue fabric.
I traced the pattern (using a regular lead pencil) to a orange- yellow Fossil Fern Fabric square …
It took me almost two hours to do this, beginning from starching and pressing the fabric to finish tracing it. Extremely tedious!
I used the embroidery foot R of the Husqvarna Viking Topaz 20 to quilt the rosette. The pattern is so designed that you can quilt it in one continuous go – without having to lift the foot. It was surprisingly easy. I think it took me less time to quilt it than trace it!
I was not very happy with the uneven stitch length and opted for the regular foot B to do the scallops. I really love the fact that I could just snap off the R foot and put in the B foot, changed the machine setting from Fmq to regular and I was ready to go! I have to admit was much slower going than the free motion quilting, but the results were quite worth the one and a half hours I took over them! In fact the designer says the entire piece can be quilted using a walking foot! I am going to do that for the blue fabric.
As suggested by the designer, I added some more fmq to the pattern to make the rosette and scallops stand out. Here is the final result!
A couple of views of the back…but before that, tell me what you do when you look at the back and discover that the tension had gone off suddenly in a couple of places? Do you rip that and re-do it? I had a couple of such areas! Thankfully they were near the edge and will be hidden under the binding.
At the end of this exercise, I feel confident of being able to tackle the centre. If only, but only, someone would offer to trace out the pattern for me…sigh!
I finished quilting the Chakra Block, Block Ten of the Dreamcatcher Round the Year quilt today!
I quite love the way it has turned out! A close-up of the quilting…
You can follow this link to find the free pattern for this block inspired by the ‘Ashok Chakra’, or the Dharma Chakra ( Wheel of Righteousness), which finds the pride of place at the centre of the Indian national flag and is taken from the edicts of the great emperor Ashok, who ruled over almost the entire sub-continent, in the third century B.C.
Just three more blocks to do, then I move to the outer dark blue fabric panels! Do share your quilt blocks on my facebook page ‘Patchwork of My Life’. Have a great weekend!
A lot many visitors, a short vacation, a couple of sicknesses – life has been quite topsy-turvy at this end. Finally got to do some quilting on the second panel of the quilt.
A glimpse of the back…Don’t you love the backing fabric? Tina Katwal of The Square Inch found it for me!
I am a bit undecided about the outermost dark blue. How do you think I should quilt it? And then, should the quilt thread be a shade lighter that shows up the quilting or a matching dark blue that merges into it? What do you suggest?
While you decide, here is a closer look at the two blocks I quilted last week.
The third panel is all basted – I hope I can get some quilting done tomorrow too! Happy quilting to you!
Today is World Quilting Day and I am guilty of having done no quilting at all! To make up for it, I will share the two flower blocks I have recently finished from the Dreamcarcher Round the Year Quilt. These are from one of the five quilt-as-you-go panels that will be joined to make the full quilt. Some of the background is, therefore, left unquilted.
I hope you are getting some quilting done?
You can find the free patterns for these and other blocks of this quilt by clicking on the ‘ Dreamcatcher Round the Year’ page above!