Peek into the process of quilting my Dogwood Blossoms quilt-- and let's see if I can convince you to make one of your own!
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Hello, my friends!
I'm pleased as punch to announce the publication of my first magazine pattern, Dogwood Blossoms! This traditional-made-modern pattern is in Issue 21 of Make Modern Magazine to herald the coming of Spring here in the United States. Since patterns often have limited space to discuss quilting, I wanted to announce the publication by sharing a bit with y'all about my quilting process.
I started with a vision for the Dogwood Blossoms themselves. I've been practicing my ruler work and thought this was a great opportunity to use looser quilting to let the flowers really stand out from the background. I quilted crosshatching in the center of the flowers, and large, continuous curve flowers in the petals. Since I was working on the longarm, I used a ruler, but if you are working on your domestic, you could quilt both of these designs by using your walking foot and a little marking.
To me, the negative space seemed like a perfect opportunity to play. While I like to have a plan for my quilts (read more about how to make a quilting plan for a quilt here), my plans often include improv, especially in background spaces. I did some different feathers, McTavishing, swirls, etc, and just let myself "cut loose" and try things. If you have never done this on a quilt, I strongly recommend it. It takes the pressure off of your quilting and keeps things interesting! Dogwood Blossoms is a perfect opportunity for this kind of playtime, because it is a whimsical quilt to begin with, and if you use a print for your background, little imperfections won't show up-- you'll just have gorgeous quilting texture.
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