All Mine x3

This is today’s All Mine quilt:

IMG_1706As soon as I saw this quilt I wanted to quilt organic type designs. All of the fabrics looked that way to me. They are by Jinney Beyer.

So I quilted ferns and a filler by Angela Walter’s in between…I can’t think of the name?

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So I wanted to choose a high contrast thread somewhere in the quilt…to show why long armers usually don’t prefer high contrast thread.  I used that sample in 2 quilts….the other one will show later in the week.

In one corner I also quilted the fern all willy nilly….not in a vertical line. For a few reasons.

1. Nature is hardly perfect-> it’s more interesting.

2. I needed samples of more than what I I wanted to show the fern in a different way. I am trying to make the most of my samples.

I do that a lot with my own samples.

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In the squares I traced a lot of the big designs to capture the organic leaves and textures they provided. I also added leaves & a few other designs.

So this quilt is pretty flat…I used just one layer of cotton batting. So when I wash this….it will crinkle up and I won’t see any real definition with the quilting designs.

So in my presentation….I just stated that if you want to pay me 500$ for a custom quilt job…1 layer of cotton batting should not be your batting of choice unless you are never going to wash your quilt. It’s the same reason that new quilters always say …”Once you wash the quilt…you won’t see any of the mistakes” that works both ways. It’s a travesty to wash a quilt and not be able to see the quilting designs if you spent that much money ( or time) on them. I will do that of course…the quilt owner is always the one who gets final say. 🙂 I am not a purist…but if you are a purist ..1 layer of cotton and 1 layer of wool is the best option for this.If you are not a purist…1 layer of cotton and a layer of hobbs polydown is good for this.

Now if you love the vintage crinkly look….1 layer of cotton batting is perfect….and I purposely use that for quilts that I want that look. I just don’t spend 20 hours quilting it…for the same goal.

I also just want to point out that I left no areas “unquilted”…but if I would not “poof” at all…like in yesterday’s post you can see the lines I left unquilted.They are poofy. if I had done that on this there were still be no poof whatsoever. I don’t want you to think that the poofy lines from yesterday are real thick either…it doesn’t look like a comforter or anything…it is just defined. I use poly down for that reason. I like teh dimension…but it also photographs really well.

So the other aspect of quilting really depends on how much dimension you like on your quilts. I tend to like A LOT. I just like the added element. But again..I tend to look at the quilting on a quilt rather than the pattern. My eye is attracted to quilting because I am a quilter.

So that is #3 I hope you all have a great day!








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