Getting Ready for Quilting

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For all of the  wallhangings that I’ve been making in my own little modern workshop, I’ve used scraps of batting leftovers.  From many of my large quilts, I end up with a strip about 10″ – 20″ wide and as long as the batting…these are great to use for wallhangings.

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Simply take two strips that will make the width you need, and layer them one on top of the other.  Using a rotary cutter or scissors make a fresh cut along the length through both layers. Then butt those two cut edges together and sew with a wide three step zig zag.  When you layer the quilt, I’20161011_164201ve been putting the seam off centre along the length of the quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started to pin baste the Twigs quilt, placing the pins along the twigs, thinking those wouldn’t be quilted while the empty space would be.  Then I had an idea to quilt a straight line through the twigs and then free motion in the spaces.  Here are the thread colours I think I’ve decided on.

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Meanwhile, have  you ever read Lori Kennedy’s blog, the Inbox Jaunt?  She has terrific free motion design tutorials, all of the designs are easily do-able and there are a great variety that are both motifs and space fillers.

Lori is presenting a Sunflower Sampler tutorial quilt…it looks like a good way to gain some confidence and also a practice swatch that is actually a little quilt! I’m all set up and ready to go.

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