November 21, 2014

Trying new things



I usually just quilt my quilts with all over designs. I'm just not very fancy. I don't enter my quilts in shows or anything, it's not something that has felt important to me so far. I like finishing my quilts so I can give them to people I love, and I like helping other people do the same thing. 

So when I agreed to quilt one of the Monaluna challenge tops for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild I thought I would just do something all over. Right? Uhhhhh....wrong. Suzanne had pieced these blocks from guild members in this really unique way, lining up strips of the same print in different blocks. "I was hoping the quilting could highlight that" she told me. I felt stumped. It felt out of my league. It felt like a job for a longarmer. I thought about it for two weeks. 


And then I got busy. I didn't get great pictures before handing it off for binding (that made me feel like a princess!) but you can maybe see a little of the quilting above in the negative space. I left these "pipes" that joined the strips unquilted, so they would pop forward, and I made some circles connecting the pipes. I traced around bowls for that part. Here you see my high tech tools.


In the different sections created by the pipes I used different all over patterns.


It worked really well!



I got a great picture of one section in the sunlight.


I'm grateful for being stretched a little out of my comfort zone.  Thank you PMQG and Suzanne! It's wonderful how a community of quilters improves everyone's skills in ways like this. I doubt I'll get this fancy very often but I know I can when I want to!

24 comments:

Chantal Thibodeau said...

I really like this combination of paisley and pebbles.

PMQGevents said...

It's beautiful, Christina! --Mary Ann

em's scrapbag said...

It is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job!

AnnMarie said...

Fabulous quilting on a great top!

Luz2Quilt said...

I love your "bubbled paisleys" (for a lack of better description), I've not seen that design before. Beautiful work!

Gail Lizette said...

Wow, it's beautiful!

felicity said...

I love combining motifs on a quilt top! This looks great!

Sarah Craig said...

Really nice, Christina! You did a great job!

Sewgirl said...

Really nice job Christina. How did you get your lines so straight for the pipes and inner bits of the circles, as I assume you were doing this on a domestic machine?

What Comes Next? said...

It can be scary, but it can be a lot of fun, too, to step out of our safety zone, especially when it turns out so beautifully!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Wow it's gorgeous!

Barb N said...

Nice touch with the circles inside the paisleys! And the circle idea was perfect for this quilt.

Elsa said...

Really beautiful quilting, someone is going to be lucky to get that quilt! I love the circles ~ something I want to try!

Pam Schoessow said...

An absolutely fabulous job. I am a long arm quilter and I'm always amazed and impressed with what others do on a domestic machine. This blew me away!

Gene Black said...

Those circles are great. And I really love the close up in the sun of (what I am calling) the peapod paisley.

trudie said...

I am impressed and awed that this was accomplished on a domestic machine. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

Lara B. said...

This was a great way to solve a tricky quilting problem and it turned out so beautifully Christina!

MadHappyCrafter said...

Well met - Your quilting designs are so beautiful - they really enhance the quilt - and on a home machine, too!

I am Just One Mom said...

You are doing it! Such great FMQing. Well done!

Needle and Foot said...

Great design for the quilting on this project. That is so difficult, planning how to quilt something. You did gorgeous work here. So pretty.

A Quilter's Mission said...

How exciting! This turned out wonderfully. Congrats on a finish.

Lisa Lisa said...

Wow, Christina! That's beautiful!

Laikabear said...

The quilting seriously makes that quilt. It is awesome! Thinking it over for a while first must have really worked. From your class, this is what I was imagining most of your finished quilts look like (lots of designs on the same quilt), which is totally what I want to do when I get good at more than one design. Haha. :)

Nurdan Kulluk-Rennert said...

Absolutely fabulous!!!

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