The other day I wanted to send my sister a picture of a quilt that I had been working on, and I accidentally emailed her this picture (above).
Then I realized that I had picked the wrong photo to attach and I quickly wrote another email and sent her the finished quilt picture here. She called me immediately to tell me how awesome the quilt looked - quilted. She sews a lot but hasn't caught the quilting bug (yet) and it was amazing to her the huge difference that quilting makes in the quilt making process.
I must admit that I agree with her. The quilting simply brings that quilt top to life.
So... do you have finished quilt tops waiting to be quilted? Let this be the encouragement you need to get them basted and quilted!
If you want to try straight line quilting like I did above try:
- this excellent tutorial for it by Heather Jones on Sew4Home.
- Megan has some great tips for straight line quilting on her blog Canoe Ridge Creations.
- and don't miss Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot Craftsy class with Jaquie Gering. I think this might be my favorite Craftsy class so far. I sat and laughed with Jaquie for hours and I'm sure we're friends now.
But what about free motion quilting? Here are some more resources that I've found helpful:
- This article by Elizabeth Hartman covers all the basics.
- Leah Day has hundreds of designs on her website to browse.
- Amy of Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures also has some great information if you poke around her blog.
And then there's hand quilting. I LOVE hand quilting, although I haven't had time to do it for a while now. This is a quilt that I hand quilted using pearl cotton and big stitches and I'll never give it away. It's a treasure to me. I've learned lots about hand quilting from these sources:
- This post on Sew Mama Sew walks you through all the basic steps.
- I enjoyed this post from Anna Maria Horner because she uses pearl cotton too.
- And I made my husband watch almost all of Hand Quilting with Andi Perejda with me because it was just like an action packed movie. In my opinion, mind you. Your husband would probably disagree. :)
p.s. I have to tell you that I'm writing this blog post for myself too. I need to hurry and quilt my Michael Miller MQG Challenge Quilt!