Friday, November 30, 2012

Quilting Fresh Salsa! part 1

Let the quilting begin.....................................................

Here is my sample flaming spiral.  I don't make pretty samples this is really how I work. Did you want glamour?
Let me tell you this quilt has been a challenge from beginning to end. Beginning in the center, I have planned on quilting a flaming spiral with red thread in the center.  Just to make sure, I practice on a sample first.

The actual flaming spiral in the center of the quilt. I like how the thread subtly blends with all the fabrics
The plan is to work from the center out.  I have taped my paper plan to my sewing table so I can refer to it as I move out to the next row.  This feels very much like following a cross stitch diagram or knitting pattern. So I continue to make small samples, change thread color where needed and keep moving outward.
Here is one of the first yellow arrow segments just outside of red center.
Quilting the yellow arrow segments began with a challenge. I wanted to try quilting it with the red thread, and after sewing one leaf, I realized the error of my plan.  The yellow variegated thread really worked the best.  Notice how it subtly emphasizes the leaves in the quilting pattern. I did the same thing in all four arrow segments.
Detail of dark variegated thread on the green triangles.
I worked around the next ring around the quilt, using yellow and red threads.  Then I got a chance to use the dark variegated thread on the green segment. I was very pleased with how it looked. It took quite some time to quilt my way out to the outer edges of the quilt.  I took my time, stopping for the day when I got tired.

I have found that when I quilt for extended periods of time I start to make mistakes and bad choices.  Since there is no deadline on this quilt, I can just take my time. This is a very relaxing way to quilt.

Along the way, I found that the darning foot was catching on the spots were all the seams come together. Since I have reached my limit of blog space, please see part 2.  Continue to scroll down.
Ann Fahl


Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I love how you are going about this. Very clever and it is working out so well.

SewCalGal said...

Really fun FMQ designs. This quilt is going to be beautiful. Look forward to seeing it finished.


GranthamLynn said...

Dear Ann, I am so happy to find your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and tips for us beginners. Although I have been piecing for years I only actually started machine quilting. I am completing my 2nd quilt right now. It is queen size and I am using my regular home sewing machine. Actually it is a back up machine my Bernina is sick. I really miss it. I have only read through you Salsa posts but I have learned so much. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this blog. I will definately visit often. I put your link on my blog so I can find you easily. Have a beautiful week,