Saturday, June 18, 2016

Island Batiks Modern Checks - The Quilting

I am fairly new to modern quilting.  I must admit the more I do it, the more I love it, but I still love traditional quilting too.  And art quilts for that matter!

So for this quilt I decided I was NOT marking and I was just going to go for it and see what happened.  I started with the straight lines following the checks.  After doing 8 rows of that I'd decided I'd have enough and needed to do something different.  So I did some more straight lines at the end of the quilt and decided to do something different in the middle.

I forgot to engage the walking foot on my Bernina.  Oops.  In the photo below I didn't have it on and you can see what happened to the fabric.  It ripples in some places.  In the photo above I did remember to turn it on and the rippling was much less.

Then I decided to fill the open areas at the ends of the quilt with free motion lines.  I'm sure this has a name, but I am unsure of what that would be....if you know, please comment!  First, I did a line of pebbles to separate and then echoed them once.  The I did the straight line fill to finish the area.  The taller the straight line fill, the harder it is to keep straight!

Next I decided to try doing the straight line fill in alternating directions so that it looked like chevrons.  It went well, but it's hard to know what it's going to look like when it meets up in the center.

Finally I decided the third area was too wide, so I made a row of bubbles down the center and then did the straight line fill on either side of it.  The bubbles really show up here with is fun!

Finally I filled the center areas with a curl technique of Angela Walter's.  I just watched her "Quilting Negative Space" class on Craftsy and I had to try it out.

Overall, I am really happy with this little quilt I did for Island Batik's Modern Batik Challenge!  It was fun and I'm excited to try more modern quilting,  It was very freeing.

Now I need to bind it.  I must admit that I've been procrastinating on that.  I actually have 3 small quilts I need to bind right now.  I should get to that.  Really I should.  Someday soon.

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. I so admire the modern quilts for their simplicity with complexity! The stitching choices give it so much interest and the curls/swirls is the needed contrast. Beautifully done!!! (LUV the piecing!)

  2. U turns is what I call it. Nice job.

  3. So lovely. I love the density of quilting on this piece.

  4. Love your quilting. The whole piece is beautiful.

  5. Oh the quilting! I love it and the design!

  6. Really neat. I love the overall design and your quilting is terrific.

  7. Lovely piece! I really like how you changed up the quilting in different areas. It sounds like you had fun making it. Good job!

  8. What a fantastic piece! Well done!

  9. Love the energy in this piece! Beautiful quilting! Well done you.

  10. Dear Susy what a great tutorial,
    thanks for taking the time to take so many photos so we could really follow how you made this lovely wee quilt. I have come in 3 times now to look again and again. Love your wee wall art and the quilting is fasanating. Cheers Glenda

  11. It turned out great! Love the free motion quilting!