Monday, February 17, 2014

Handquilting : 7th block

I have not made much progress on the block. I didn't have much time for quilting last week but I am going to show you what I have done so far on this block.



The inspiration comes from a basket quilt by Yoko Saito in the book "Traditional Models In Lessons" (les Modèles traditonnels en leçons) published by Quiltmania for the French translation.

I think that these concentric circles soften up the background surface of the block and go well with the medallion on the top-right hand corner.

At first, I didn't know how to trace these circles and asked Sakae on how to do it. Following her advice I have used this. There is a tiny hole in each circle so I put a needle in it, place the large circle and trace. Then I remove the circle and leave the needle and place a smaller circle and trace and go on like that for each circle. Thanks to the needle, I place every circle correctly. I mark them as I go, usually tracing four or five sets of circle at a time.

 

I just LOVE the effect... What do YOU think ?

I might not be back for a couple of weeks now as I have another very busy week ahead of me and the following week, I'll be in London.

Until later,

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Handquilting : sixth block.

And another block is finished. I am quilting at a slow pace but make little progress everyday and the end is not that far away now.

I love the puffiness  the quilting produces.



There is a quilted flower in the middle...



and the corners are adorned with leaves.

 


Here is the block...



... and the quilt so far...

 

 I still have two large blocks to quilt, then the little border and finally the large one.

I have started quilting the background of the top right-hand corner. It's the large block with the house, the flowers in the vase and the girl's face. It is going to be the most beautiful quilted piece of this quilt, I think. Whatever my progress, I promise to show it to you next weekend, even if it is not finished as will probably be  the case because I have a very busy week coming ahead.

Happy quilting to you all ;-)
Until later,

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Quilting pattern

I thought it would be nice to share with you how I work when I come to deciding and marking the quilting pattern of a specific block.

First of all, I read and read again my three quilting "bibles" which are a great source of inspiration for me as regards handquilting designs.



Then, depending on the block, I decide whether I want straight lines, curved lines , wavy lines or any other design like florals or feathers, for example.

Finally, I try to take into consideration the block itself and whether I want to accentuate the block pattern or want my quilting design to have a unique pattern and/or add something different.

For the block photographed, I wanted to have a specific design which would add some curves to the straight lines. Then, I also wanted to just accentuate the graphic pattern and give it dimension by quilting straight lines or smaller quilted triangles.



Once these decisions were taken, I chose the design in the books and used my photocopier to reduce them to the size I wanted and cut the paper out to place it on the block to get an idea of how it would look. I did the same for the leaves for the four large corner triangles.

That's when I realized that the brown outer borders were larger than the other borders and the same size as the outer borders on the second block I had quilted (the basket block). So I chose the same design which would echo the quilting made in the previous block and add some coherence and harmony to the overall quilting design.




The space I try to maintain between lines is 1.5 cm. It is easy to mark using the lines on my ruler. So that's what I did again. Just to be sure of the effect, I draw it on paper first. You will notice that I draw a vertical line right in the middle but this line will not be quilted.

 

Well, you now know how I decide on a quilting pattern. Hope to post the quilted result in a few days.

Until later,