Thursday, August 4, 2011
Fresh from the wash
I just pulled the quilt from my dryer. I don't always wash and dry quilts right after I finish them. Sometimes they get folded and stacked. Other times they need to be shipped right away. And there's other times that it goes right from machine to snuggling. This one was different. I quilted a free-hand arched rainbow pattern in each clam. I liked the idea but once I started doing it I lost faith in my abilities. Still I pressed on knowing that often it looks better after the whole quilt it done. And it did...at least a little more than when I started.
I had the idea to quilt the border in a grid pattern but kept trying to talk myself out of it. SO glad I didn't. I LOVE IT! It may have taken a while to mark all those lines (another reason I needed to wash it) but I made up for the time because I just used my free motion foot instead of the usual suggested walking foot for this application. I love the slight wonky-ness of the lines- it just adds so much character. The whole grid idea reminds me of a fishing net :o)
I'm calling this one CLAMBAKE! And guess what? I wrote a tutorial for it that I'm posting tomorrow. See, I've been making good use of my summer. :o) Hmmm... Clambake....I can think of the perfect fabric for this quilt.... *wink!*