’tis done

All bar the binding, my quilt is done – yay!  I don’t know what came over me on Sunday- perhaps it was the sunshine – but I felt energised and I realised that I did indeed have enough time to start the quilting on my Log Cabin quilt once my daughter’s new blind was up at the window.   Six weeks ago, I attended a class with a pile of fabric.  Choosing the quilting style is as much a part of the design process as putting the colours and blocks together – this is the moment that it could all go horribly wrong!

I had in mind that my quilting would need some curves to counter-balance all those straight lines, so I decided to go with a wiggle!  I had seen this style on a quilt that Leslie showed at the Log Cabin class, so it is somehow fitting that my move away from straight lines and SITD (Stitch In The Ditch) comes from the class where this quilt began.

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Although the quilting was freestyle, I wanted to ensure that the centre line did indeed go from corner to corner, so I used some quilting tape to guide the initial line, but after that, it really was a case of wiggling where I liked, with half an eye on the line of stitches to my left.   It was a bit squished to start with, as you can see from the picture above, but I worked from the centre towards the right, which meant that the quilting became easier as more of the quilt moved out from under the sewing machine arm.  I set my stitch length to 4mm, and then just guided the quilt in lovely soft arcs under the needle.  My walking foot kept all the layers moving simultaneously, and I was able to smooth out any puckers that I noticed by removing the pins as I went. Sometimes the lines came close together, sometimes they meandered away, but it felt glorious and liberating, and I thoroughly recommend it.  It reminds me of the contour lines of a map.   In fact, that may become the name of this quilt.  I did the whole thing in just over an hour, and as dusk fell….

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…I couldn’t stop.  I trimmed all layers level with the top, and I sewed my binding to the front, as per the tutorial on  this page.  All that’s left to do it turn the binding and hand stitch, which is also described in the tutorial.

What I don’t yet have is a picture of the finished quilt, due to the abysmal weather after the brief respite over the Bank Holiday.   A finished quilt deserves to be treated to a great photo shoot, so once the weather brightens, I will take it outside to do it justice.  And I will be posting a tutorial for making a fabric label to tell the story of this quilt.

After all, that’s what our quilts are, aren’t they….our stories!

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