I don't have a finished project to show you this week. Yikes, I've been sewing, and sewing, and sewing but I'm not finished yet. This is my friendship star quilt that I'm making using the blocks I made for our first Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics post. The fabrics are from the Grace collection by Anna Griffin. Aren't they gorgeous?
And I have a silly confession. I used a lot of starch on this quilt top in my final pressing. Magic Premium Starch brand to be exact and it's got a really strong floral perfume scent. I'm not recommending (or not-recommending it) it, I just have to say that every time I sit down to work on this quilt I see flowers and smell flowers and it's quite an experience!
As you can see, I chose to do straight line quilting. I really love the way straight line quilting looks and I enjoy doing it so it's a double-win for me. When I look at my quilt, it reminds me of a song. Like the quilting is this rhythmic beat and the piecing is the melody. I know, it sounds crazy.
Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations gives some really good tips for straight line quilting here. My best tip is to start in the middle and then quilt one side of the quilt with all the lines going in the same direction. Then turn your quilt around, start in the middle again, and quilt the other side of the quilt with your lines going in the same (other) direction. It would be ideal to quilt all the lines in the same direction, but that would mean stuffing your whole quilt under the arm of your machine - quite a feat on a big quilt.
I use the seam lines in my piecing as guides and sometimes measure my distance from the nearest seam to make sure I'm not getting too far off track.
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