Sunday, 7 December 2008

Quilting, quilting, quilting

I have been quilting my 'Turning Twenty' quilt, and I must say, I'm pretty fed up with it! I don't have much patience at the best of times, but this quilt is taking me longer to quilt than it took to make up! I suppose it's my own fault for chosing such an intensive pattern. I didn't want to quilt it along the sides of the patches (too boring and too difficult, with all that turning) so opted for a bubbles design.

I must say, I'm pleased with the overall effect of the circles on the geometric pattern of the quilt, I just wish there wasn't so much of it!

My friend Jackie came for a coffee and chat and asked how I manged to quilt a double quilt like this. I started this one in the middle, as that's the most difficult place to reach, and quilted a line of bubbles along to the edge. Then I moved down a row and quilted more bubbles underneath the first row, till I got to the middle again.
Here is an illustration (and my camera lead!) to show what I mean. Then I continued to fill in that quarter of the quilt with bubbles. The bulk of the quilt gets easier and easier to handle, the longer you go on. Keep going till that quarter is completed.

Then I turned the quilt a quarter turn and quilted the next quarter (again from the middle) so that half was done. Then obviously, finish the next two quarters in the same way.

I've nearly done threequarters, so feel as if I'm on the homeward stretch.

All I need now is to run out of thread!


Gina said...

Don't say that. You're tempting fate now.
love the quilting pattern though

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Looking good...I bet it will be fab when it is finished.

Paula said...

It was a great choice, using the bubbles. I think it's great. Just keep going, the end is in sight!!

Contented Caroline said...

Keep going it looks lovely and such an unusual quilting style - can't wait to see the end result.

♪♪Melody♪♪ and Puddin said...

When you get it done it will have been worth all the effort. It looks great. With blues and greens which remind me of sea colors bubbles are just perfect. Great job.

loulee1 said...

SHush, don't say things like that! I think it looks great.

sewkalico said...

It will be wonderful when it's done! I just love those fabrics (I had/have some LOL)