When I started this blog my plan was to complete quilting 4 quilt tops and finish my heart quilt top by Christmas, that was six weeks ago…
I will start with the heart quilt top.
So far I have finished the sashings after the mix up with the fabric that didn’t match. In the end I chose to go with a mint green for the sashings and I am extremely happy with the result. Now all I need to do is choose a fabric for the border.
Now for the quilting project.
Today I started to quilt the first of my 4 quilt tops, this will be the first quilt that I have actually made for myself. I joined a group that was a mystery puzzle quilt that was done by Sheila Christensen of Quilters Lane in New Zealand. The instructions for this quilt were purchased every month through Craftsy, which explained how to cut and make the blocks which were all odd shapes and sizes with a final instruction sheet on how to assemble the quilt if were unable to work it out yourself. I was able to work out the pieced borders, the corners of the quilt and the pinwheel in the centre, I had no idea that the main feature of the quilt was a star.
I added two more borders to make it a Queen size quilt to fit my bed. Last night I spent the evening crawling around on the floor pin basting the layers that would be about 300 pins, I might add I was pretty sore after spending all that time crawling around the floor not to mention the amount of time I stuck a pins in my fingers.
So far I have used the stitch in the ditch to quilt around each expansion of the star and I quilted an extra row between the middle and outer star for consistency.
Now that I have finished that I have to decide how I want to fill in the spaces between the points of the star. I have three ideas in mind, which I have out to some of my family members who also quilt and of course my husband who does get allowed some input as he will also be sleeping under it. So here are the options chalked in, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments…
1. Stitch in the ditch where the borders seams are on the front of the quilt.
2. Continue to echo quilt to the first border.
3. Echo quilt the side points and quilt a star identical to the centre star in each corner.
As for the borders I have an idea of what I want to do for the pieced border, and I think a diagonal cross hatch on the 2 outer borders. Just so you know I have done some free motion quilting practice, but am not yet happy enough with the results to include it in any of my quilts, so straight line quilting it is for now.
Thank you for visiting, please leave your suggestions as to which quilting design you like to continue this project.