Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ode to Meandering

I finished the Court House Steps quilt.
It is 54"x81" - a long lap quilt (it did shrink about an inch and a half each way after machine washing and drying - gentle cycles). I used Hobbs Tuscany silk batting, and Bottom Line 60Wt thread for the free motion machine quilting (top and bobbin), with just a regular Organ #80 needle. The blocks are 9", I used the Judy Martin method of cutting and piecing the blocks (fabulous way to make log cabin blocks!!).

I quilted an all over meander on the quilt. I have mentioned it before, but here I go again - Meandering seems to have gotten a bad name recently, and I can't understand why.
I love stitching meandering - it is one of the easiest/relaxing designs to quilt on a domestic sewing machine. It gives the quilt a beautiful 'antique', crinkly look instantly. It also gives the quilt a wonderful 'drape-ability', especially with wool or silk batting - the quilt just fits around your body easily (I believe because the quilt is stitched in every direction).
I find that a simple quilting design is all I need when the quilt top has beautiful fabric and blocks.
I recently read on the Martingale Blog the Top 10 Trends from this years Quilt Market, and I was so pleased to have read that Machine Quilting - learning to finish your own quilts, was #8! When I teach machine quilting I tell my students that if all they learn is meandering (and its variations) they will be able to finish a lot of their quilts.

I used 'Minky' on the back of the quilt. It is the first time I have tried this. The quilt is so soft, but it was a bit harder to quilt - because of the nap, it was easier to move in certain directions. I did have to spray baste the layers (apparently that is the thing with knit backings). The other polyester knit backing I have used didn't have a nap, and was easier to quilt.

These next two projects are what are on my needles -

a reversible scarf using hand spun yarn,

and the cabled socks are still on the go.
You can tell that the mosquitoes are so bad now, that it is keeping me inside!

A lost looking baby Robin.
A Mourning Dove, and another bird, at the bird bath.

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Ann said...

Good point about drapeability. I love finishing quilts myself but sometimes drive myself nuts thinking I need to learn new quilting styles. I've made loads of log cabins but never a courthouse steps. Yours is lovely and inspiring.

Raewyn said...

Well done on the great finsih Joanne! The quilt looks beautiful - the snuggliness will be appreciated I'm sure. Good to see what you are knitting, the reversible shawl sounds it stocking stitch and a different looking cable on the 'back side'?

Rose Marie said...

Whatever we are comfortable with and love doing is the way to go. It would be nice to do those fancy stitches, but in the end does it really matter. Beautiful quilt and someone will be snuggly in it!

Ruth said...

I think you are right about overall meandering. Just because the quilting isn't "fancy" doesn't mean it isn't great. To me, it's wonderful to be able to quilt my own quilts and we aren't in competition with "professional" quilters. It's about making something with love. Your words are/were an encouragement to me and many others.

Pine Valley Quilts said...

Love your log cabin quilt. I finished a log cabin this year also and its my favorite quilt. Love the scarf and socks too, very tempting to get out the knitting needles.

Lynnwa said...

I have just met your blog and it is fantastic. You do so many wonderful things, you are so talented. Lovely lovely work and you have a nice way of showing how you do things, thank you so much. I am so glad I found you. I was sent here by a friend to look at your wedding ring quilt you did with your go. More lovely!