Machine Quilting Blog Hop

#MachineQuiltingBlogHop: Week 3 :: Directionally Challenged

Christa's blue Directionally Challenged Quilt

Christa's blue Directionally Challenged Quilt

Good morning!

I hope all of y'all had a fabulous Mother's Day celebrating the women in your life and/or being celebrated for who you are. And, I hope your celebration included some time to sew!

Today, we are back with Week 3 of the #MachineQuiltingBlogHop. We are working our way through The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson, and this week's quilt is called Directionally Challenged, and our motifs are particularly suited to quilting inside triangle shapes. By the way, if you don't already have a copy of the book, just click the book title above to get a copy from the publisher, Martingale-- they have the book on sale this month!

Week 3, Day 1:

So today is Tuesday because yesterday was occupied with a much needed afternoon nap and binding the #OperationSmiley Quilt. Speaking of which, I'm very excited to start being able to show y'all the texture some of these quilting designs create after the quilt is finished and washed. A cozy, crinkled quilt is a happy quilt. 

Anyway, today, I did some straight line quilting on a tshirt quilt. I know that's not glamorous, but all the other work I did was preparation because I'm going to need some more quilts to quilt here soon! Two more quilt tops are nearly ready for basting, and I have an idea for some tiny meandering on one of them. If I follow that idea, I suspect that Saturday's entry will read something like, "WHOSE BAT-CRAP CRAZY IDEA WAS THIS?!?!?!???" Stay tuned!

I finally decided what to do on Georgia-- triangle spirals!

I finally decided what to do on Georgia-- triangle spirals!

Week 3, Day 2:

It's Thursday already-- that means I have a very quilty weekend ahead! In spite of being distracted by other sewing tasks this week, I think I made up for it today. I finished quilting the Georgia quilt! Today I did walking foot straight lines / triangle spirals, pebbles, ribbon candy, wood grains, paisleys, and swirls. Whew! I also changed thread color three times and lost count of the knots I buried. My shoulders are tired, but I'm excited with how everything turned out! 

The back of the completely quilted Georgia Quilt

The back of the completely quilted Georgia Quilt

Week 3, Day 3:

It's Saturday, so if you're doing the math with me, then you know that I'm not going to meet my 5 day goal this week. As I mentioned in my newsletter, life happened this week. The boys were sick, and there were a couple of days where taking a nap myself was 100% necessary. 

We spent most of the day in North Carolina enjoying The Airing of the Quilts in Franklin and then driving through Highlands. It was gorgeous!

After our adventure, I did get in some practice today. I did some fun continuous curve flowers on the Modern Birds in the Air quilt, and I had even more fun making a couple of videos to help you make this shape, too. Check them out!

Week 3, Day 4:

Happy Mother's Day! We had a leisurely morning then Chinese takeout with my parents for lunch. Yummy!! This afternoon, Hubster and the boys took magnificently long naps. Meanwhile, I made a cup of coffee, turned on a Harry Potter audiobook, and quilted for several hours. Since I'm only getting four days of practice this week, I made sure to make today count. 

Awhile back, a friend who teaches art was given some supplies for her class. Amongst them, was an orphan block. The fabrics of the block aren't my usual style, so I've struggled to know how to use it. This weekend, though, it occurred to me that it would make a perfect mini quilt to practice this week's stitches. Included on this mini are uneven chevrons, uneven zig-zags, micro stippling, a geometric design, and continuous curve flowers. 

The echoing triangles in the blue areas are my favorite!

The echoing triangles in the blue areas are my favorite!

I learned a couple useful things: 1) On small pieces, like this mini, straight lines and geometric bits can be quilted with a quarter inch foot. It's smaller than a walking foot which makes it easier to see what you're doing when working on a smaller scale. 2) If you machine bind like I do and also want to do a bigger border design like I did on this piece, add some straight lines on the outside edge of the quilt to bring in the outer edge of your border design. The stitch line of attaching the binding on the back is easier to disguise among other straight lines than when it cuts through the middle of a border motif. 

PS If you're wondering about the crazy micro-stipple idea I had earlier in the week, I haven't forgotten. I'm still thinking about giving it a go-- but my backing fabric hasn't arrived yet!

Ta-da! That's all my practice for the week, folks! Are you practicing along? Be sure to tag #MachineQuiltingBlogHop on Instagram so I can admire your work! Also, don't forget to visit  Vicki, Kristin, and Jen to see what they've been stitching this week. 

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