I have said before that I am not good at the “quilting” part of quilting. I am not at all confident at free-motion and usually limit myself to straight lines or using the decorative stitches on my machine if I’m feeling fancy. Often, I forget this when I set out to quilt a quilt. I get really excited and over ambitious and bite off more than I can chew. (I have some half-quilted projects to prove it…)
Well, with my new Hula Girl Quilt, I did that again (the getting excited and over-ambitious), but….I am totally thrilled! I mentioned last week that I wanted to quilt this one with spirals, which I had never tried before. I was going to limit it to just big spirals coming out of the center of each ring. But I got excited and over-ambitious, and decided to make lots of spirals all over the quilt!
I have it about half finished and I am totally loving it. The one above is my favorite and I think my best spiral. I took these pictures indoors so that you can see the quilting. When I did it outside, there wasn’t enough shadow to see the texture. Of course, Cleo is always willing to supervise, so you see her legs in the top photo.
So, here’s how I did it: not scientific at all. I didn’t end up tracing anything for the center and that is the trickiest part of the whole thing. I picked a starting point and stitched very slowly while turning my whole quilt in a circle under the needle. You have to be really careful not to move the quilt to fast or you get really big stitches and not a great curve. Once you get around the first couple of times, it is a breeze, just keep the edge of the presser foot against the previous line and keep going ’round and ’round. With all the turning the quilt I was worried about getting wrinkles in the backing, or ending up with fullness in the top in places I didn’t want it. So far, the backing is great (thankfully I must have basted it tightly) and I only had a teeny bit of fullness in places on the top, but if you stitch closely enough, it pushes it down (-:
Hope all are enjoying the beautiful autumn weather or whatever you might be having in your part of the world!