I see geese circling around me!
This quilt is the first one I’ve finished since taking the Angela Walters’ workshop nearly 3 weeks ago. Ever since the workshop, I’ve challenged myself to go the extra step with my quilting, to do something new, that is just outside of my comfort zone. Here are the results of that first effort!
I quilted this one on my domestic sewing machine instead of the longarm because I wanted to get super straight lines with sharp points at the angles. Some day I’ll figure out how to do that on my big machine!
I started by outlining the geese and then stitched in the ditch around each triangle. I don’t usually stitch in the ditch as I find it too difficult to get it to look nice and neat, but Angela said that she does so I figured I’d give it a try. I used monofilament thread for the stitching in the ditch just so that any stitches that fell out of the ditch wouldn’t be obvious. It took a long time, but it gave the triangles an extra little puff that was worth the effort.
I stitched straight lines in each triangle alternating between spirals and arrows. I decided to stitch pebbles in the middle of the circles of geese and paisleys in the rest of the negative space.
This is the most dense quilting I’ve ever done. I must say I’m liking it! I think it’s the thread that makes the difference. I tried Angela’s recommendation for So Fine! by Superior Threads. She said she likes it because it blends in nicely. I was hesitant to try a polyester thread after being taught that 100% cotton is the only way to go. But I gave it a try, along with her recommendation for polyester batting – gasp! – and I am now a believer! I loved working with the thread. It is smooth and strong and oh so very fine! And the batting gives a nice puff to the quilt.
If you are interested in the pattern, you can find it for free at Piece by Number.
Happy sewing to you!
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