June 22, 2015

Complex organic

These are the two words that describe the quilting that I want to do right now. Complex and organic. So when Hillary of Entropy Always Wins blog asked me about quilting her quilt "Batten Down the Hatches" I looked at all that negative space and thought, YES!


You can see fold lines in the quilt above, because I had it all ready to ship back to California and then realized I hadn't even photographed the finished quilting!


You can see the full, finished quilt, and read the story about Hillary's quilt in this post on her blog. The round "window" and the quilt's name reminded me of a submarine and I played that up with the quilting around the circle, and tried to integrate some of the feeling of danger and unpredictability into my quilting.


Later this week registration will open for Quilt Con, happening in Pasadena in February. I have three different classes to teach there. There are some easygoing all-day classes for beginners. And if you already have the basics down, there are classes for you too. Free-Motion Impact covers strategies for getting your quilting to pop and have that "wow" effect, even from far back. Wild Quilting will get you combining your free motion designs into complex arrangements full of interest. It's going to be so much fun!


I've arranged with Hillary to bring this quilt with me, so if you join me for those classes you can see it close up! Hope you all are having a great start to summer.


13 comments:

Estella Star of the East said...

Gorgeous quilting!

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Christina! This is a great quilt and your quilting is fabulous! It adds so much texture! Did you sketch out a plan of what you were going to quilt before you started or did you just decide as you went along? Also, how much of the design did you mark on the quilt if any? I am just planning ahead for after I have finished your great Craftsy classes! ;) x

Gene Black said...

Thanks for the link to her blog and her pictures. The back view is amazing. You did a wonderful job collaborating with Hillary,

Sandra Walker said...

This is drop-dead delicious, Christina! I love the portholes around the 'window' -- what an ingenious touch to do! So much to look at for the hungry eye... It looks like, when I enlarge the photos that you used yellow thread on the red/orange? What did you use for batting?

Ann Z said...

What an inspiration! I love this so much more than highly structured "perfect" freemotion quilting. But then again, this is perfect! Not surprising since I loved all your designs in your Craftsy class. I have the same question as Christina about how you planned it. Plus I was wondering about the weight of the orange thread you used. It looks thicker than what I typically use. You rock, Christina!

Marla said...

Your amazing quilting truly enhances this beautiful quilt. Great teamwork!

Ruth said...

Wow! That is just awesome! I would love to take one of your classes, but won't be there.

A Nudge said...

Stunning quilting, Christina! What a feast for the eyes. I'm enjoying your Craftsy class and book.

Lara B. said...

Christina, your work on this quilt is superlative! Hillary's design is so eye catching and has great impact and your quilting gave it such life! I can easily imagine she must be over the moon!

Lara B. said...

PS... it is funny that you packed it up before remembering to take photos.

Helen in the UK said...

This is fun, complex quilting! Looks fantastic :)

Nurdan Kulluk-Rennert said...

Gorgeous-as always. Love you xxx

Laikabear said...

I got into Wild Quilting! I live in Pasadena and am so excited they chose us for Quiltcon. This will be my first time attending. Would you bring the quilt you made with your Grandma's block in the center (if it's not going to be in the show)? I can't remember if you said you'd enter it or not. I really think you should! :)

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