I completed the quilting last night, washed it this morning and sat down at the dining-room table about an hour before I was supposed to leave to meet my aunt to trim the extra threads off the back. I am embarassed to admit, the dining-room table appears not to have been dusted for awhile ... and the white front of the quilt made a brilliant dust cloth ... ugh ...
So another quick run through the washer and dryer left me <5 minutes for the photo shoot (so that meant a lot of shadows) and we were out the door.
This is my first attempt at straight line quilting (my walking foot arrived about 2 weeks ago) and it was an interesting learning experience!
I started by quilting on either side of the "ditch" every 6" which put boxes around the 9-patches and the around the 6" white squares. It quickly became clear that there was entirely too little quilting on this quilt, so I went to JoAnns ... spent an obscene $5 for a washable ink that I could use to draw the lines across the white squares. Then after another 2 nights of quilting ... I finished! The $5 pen became a real bargain once I realized that it REALLY DID wash out!
The lines aren't perfect, they go a little close at times and a little far apart at others ... but I thought it was pretty cool how the 2" squares really pop with the straight-line quilting.
A couple of
- The quilting lines clearly show that the piecing on the back is not straight ...if you look at the yellow and green fabric seam on the left, you can see the seam move to the right as you go down the photo and the quilting remain straight up and down ... I know this means I need to make sure the back is straighter next time, but have to admit I'm not 100% sure how to do this ...
I learned my straight-line quilting technique on this one and I have a very gracious Aunt who will look at the fabulous and ignore the faults! I like the straight line quilting enough that I'm going to give it a try on the 2nd nine-patch that I made for a wedding present.
If anyone has any tips for straight line quilting ... I would love for you to share them ... I am pretty sure I'm going to be trying a number of these over the coming months!
All the best