Machine Quilting Blog Hop

#MachineQuiltingBlogHop: Week 4 :: Fractured Squares

Back and Forth V's-- same design, different spaces

Back and Forth V's-- same design, different spaces

Good morning, quilty friends!

I'm so excited to welcome you back to the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop! If you're following along in the book, The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson, then you might have noticed that we skipped the 4th quilt in the book to move on to Fractured Squares. We (the 4 blog hoppers) decided that we would move the whole cloth quilt exercise to the final week of the hop. We're all hoping to design and quilt our own whole cloth quilts! Isn't that exciting??

(Images above from ChristaQuilts.com; Christa's quilt is on the left, and Angela's is on the right)

Anyway, this week, we are doing Fractured Squares, an angular quilt that lends itself to all kinds of geometric quilting. I focused on walking foot quilting and spent a week quilting exclusively on an #OperationSmiley quilt. All I have left are the label and the binding!

Week 4, Day 1:

I already know my favorite design this week will be the back and forth v's-- my first hint was when I accidentally did this design at the end of lest week instead of the geometric design included in the Directionally Challenged Chapter. This design, the back and forth v's, is a striking contrast to the softer paisleys that have enamored me for weeks now. I think it's interesting, though, that both include echoing a shape. Maybe that means I like exclamation points. ha!

This is the Geometric Spiral or Concentric Irregular Polygon shape I started with. I quilted this from the center and worked all the way out to the edge of the borders. This is the back of the quilt so you can see the shape better. 

This is the Geometric Spiral or Concentric Irregular Polygon shape I started with. I quilted this from the center and worked all the way out to the edge of the borders. This is the back of the quilt so you can see the shape better. 

Week 4, Day 2: 

So the other thing I did yesterday was try out the concentric irregular polygon-- but on the scale of a whole quilt. Now I'm adding back and forth v's in a few sections between the already quilted lines. So much fun!

I've started adding my quilting tutorials to YouTube so you can find them more easily! What do you think? Find my channel under my name, HollyAnne Knight, and let me know if you have any favorite videos from Instagram that you'd like to see archived to YouTube!

Week 4, Day 3: 

More v's. This texture is YUMMY. 

Week 4, Day 4:

I finished the V's and decided to add some more texture in some of the other large sections between the original concentric shapes. I added some big zig-zags and some zig-zag X's. Finally, I started doing some organic wavy lines in the border. 

Above: Front and back of the same section of the quilt

Week 4, Day 5:

I finished the wavy lines in the border today and trimmed the quilt. I was really hoping to get the binding on and throw this in the wash (hmmm, that sounds like last week! ha!). But Hubster and I got distracted when my wonderful parents offered to keep the boys for a few hours so we could go out to dinner. Yummy! So, like last week, finished quilt picture TBR (to be revealed) soon!

And that's a wrap! It was fun to break out of the confines of blocks this week and quilt across the whole top using the quilting to bring a more angular and masculine feel to the quilt. I can't wait to get this bound and washed so I can show you the finished effect! Keep an eye on my Instagram @stringandstory for those photos as well as more quilting pictures and videos as I start practicing the designs for next week! 

For more wonderful experiments with these shapes, visit my fellow Blog Hoppers: Kristin, Jen, and Vicki!

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Happy Stitching!

HollyAnne

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