The entire time I have been piecing this quilt, I've been bustingly excited about quilting it. Not that I didn't enjoy the piecing part - it's been the most fun I've had making a quilt ever, quite seriously. I didn't have all that much of a plan when I started quilting - I just knew I wanted lots of organic straight lines (free motion quilted of course!) with a few pockets of curvy designs. I started out in the yellow/ochre block of colour, slowly getting a feel for what I wanted to do. I've used two different yellow variegated 40wt Aurifil threads in this section - a darker thread in this area (until I finished the spool),
and then a lighter (orangey yellow) variegated thread for the rest of the yellow block and out into the low volume. Once I got into the low volume area, I hit my stride with the quilting, very much inspired by the grey Carolyn Friedlander print in the photo below.
You can see here how much that fabric inspired this quilting - and the texture is just amazing. Because many of the low volume fabrics I've used have a grid-type design in them, I have actually done virtually zero marking on this quilt - I've used the fabrics as a guide instead.
You can definitely see it on the lighter fabrics, but it's proven to be a real chameleon thread across the others. I felt this thread was a bit dark to use on the low volume areas though, so I switched to a variegated grey 40wt for the low volume section near the oranges.
Considering I only got this quilt basted last Wednesday, and I haven't really spent all that much time quilting it (about 15 hours I think?), I can't really believe it's almost half quilted. This quilt has stolen my heart, completely and utterly. It's my absolute favorite, and I see many more improv adventures for me this year!
You can see a few areas I've left unquilted - some of these I will go back and free motion quilt, but others I will add a bit of hand-quilting too. And some of them will be left alone, happily puffy among all that textured, tactile quilty goodness.
Jess, you're inspiring me every day with this quilting! AH! Can't wait to see more. Hugs!
This is looking fantastic. I love how a good thread can be such a blender across a wide variety of color and fabric.
This is really stunning, so tactile. I love it! X
This is simply fabulous! Your piecing is great, but that quilting adds so much! Will you straighten the edges, or leave them a bit wonky/wavy?
Am anxious to see the complete quilt... my favorite fabrics, wonderful amazing texture and an improv design..... total love!
This looks amazing Jess. I love how you have quilted spirals here and there amongst the straight stitching. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.
This is looking amazing! I love all the straight stitching, and with the added twirls now & then there's so much to look at!
This quilt is looking so wonderful. I really like the combination of lines and curves in the quilting.
It's looking so fabulous!!!
This is stunning and wonderful!!! Love, love, love this. :D
This is fantastic, Jess--Fabric!!! Piecing!!! Quilting!!! OMG!!! I am in LOVE.
Wow- just WOW! You have such great imagination. I am really loving the improv and the quilting. I never think to use multiple colors of thread - duh! Super inspired by your project, thanks!
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