Dec
29
2010

  One Block Plus Outside Edge

I'm nearly done with W's baby quilt. Today I determined how I was going to quilt the last two complicated blocks. I'm sticking with the 1/4" outline technique I've used in all the other blocks, but I've combined some of the shapes together into larger shapes, and am not outlining every little triangle since some are very close together. I'm happy with the way the first block like this turned out, the shape of the quilting complements the quilting in the other blocks.

I did not start quilting the final block tonight. Since I am combining colors in my quilting shapes, I have to pay pretty close attention in order to get it all correct, and I didn't want to press my luck by attempting both in a row. Instead, I quilted parts of the borders.

For the inside border, I outlined both the inside and outside edge. I think that's all I'm going to quilt that section. While it does leave long narrow strips of the blanket unquilted, since it's in the middle of the quilt I really don't think clumping or shifting of the batting will be a problem. On the outside edge, however, I need to do more work. The batting isn't completely even around the outside edge, so a simple 1/4" border isn't going to catch it all, and since it is the edge it most definitely would be prone to clumping and shifting. Tonight I did sew a 1/4" outline around the inside edge of the outer border, but I did not do the outside edge. I'm thinking of quilting shapes (probably rectangles or squares, possibly triangles) on the border to make sure the batting is adequately secured. I'm also considering doing a free-quilting technique called stippling. Unlike the stippling technique in drawing, which is the use of many individual dots to make your picture, in quilting stippling is a continuous stitched line that curves back around itself in a random way.

If I choose to do the stippling, I'm going to have to practice a bit before trying it on the quilt itself, since it's a little tricky. I might have to buy myself a new non-marking pen, too, since my existing ones seem to have dried up (the newest one has a crack in the lid from it being shoved on too tightly, I'm going to guess T let W play with it one day when I was not in the room. . .). While the meandering line of stitching is random, it is helpful to have it already drawn on the fabric to follow when one is sewing it, since it can be difficult for a beginner to think about where the line should go at the same time they are trying to keep the fabric moving at an even speed under the free-motion foot. Frankly, I'm leaning a bit toward the geometric shapes since I don't know that I'm in the mood for a challenge so much as I'm in the mood to just get this project done.