Winning the battle of the W.i.P.s one quilt at a time

by Nicole

One of the things I committed to this year was reducing my work in progress, or w.i.p., pile.

Related: New Year, Old W.i.P.s

The next w.i.p. in line is a minimalist quilt made from denim and with curves.

I finished the top a while ago, but was stumped by how to quilt it. Whenever I can’t figure out what to do for the quilting, I usually let it sit until inspiration strikes. Well, it struck!

I decided to go with straight lines a quarter-inch apart in the background and straight line spirals in the denim curves. With straight lines, I can honor the minimalism of the quilt design and highlight the curved shapes. The spirals will complement the straight lines and the pieced curves.

Related: 7 Tips for Machine Quilting at Home

The straight line spirals mean I’m in for a lot of twisting and turning. My machine doesn’t like all that twisting and turning. The thread tends to get all knotted on the back. But I’ve discovered that if I dab a bit of Sewer’s Aid on the needle before twisting and turning, I have no problems. And it doesn’t gunk up the machine at all. Win!

All this straight line quilting means that I’ll be working on this one for a while. I figure I’ll stitch at least a few hundred thousand stitches into this quilt. Wish me luck and endurance!

If you are looking for tips on straight line quilting, I’ve got 10 tips for you right here!

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Christina in SW FL June 11, 2018 - 7:09 am

Beautiful stitching Nicole! 🙂 I adore your backing as well. Thank you for the link to tips for straight iine quilting.

Nicole June 14, 2018 - 9:59 pm

Thanks, Christina! Straight line quilting is my favorite. I’m happy to share my love of it!

Grace Slataper June 11, 2018 - 8:07 am

I love your quilts! I also appreciate the straight-to-the-point way you explain what you are doing. Thank you!

Nicole June 14, 2018 - 9:59 pm

Thanks, Grace! I appreciate your feedback!

Shasta June 11, 2018 - 5:14 pm

That quilting looks great – I wish you luck and endurance as you finish it.

Nicole June 14, 2018 - 9:59 pm

Thanks, Shasta! I will need all the well wishes I can get!

Melanie June 14, 2018 - 1:50 pm

Can you fall in love with the post already with just reading the headline? “Winning the battle of the W.i.P.s one quilt at a time” This is so my topic but I was feeling frustrated with my “slow” progress. I think I have to print it out really big and put it where I see it all the time. Even slow – I would still be winning! Love that word in here…

Anyway: Wishing you the best of luck with all your WIPs. I am curious about the quilt and looking forward to seeing more of it. The texture of the cotton/ denim is probably already great and the quilting idea sounds lovely. Sending you some twisting motivation 🙂

Nicole June 14, 2018 - 10:01 pm

The struggle is real, Melanie! But yes, take heart that any progress is a win! We have to find motivation wherever we can and hold on to it. I hope my sharing encourages you to keep at it. Happy stitching to you!

Diane July 1, 2018 - 4:50 pm

OMG I need your encouragement every day…I have soooo many WIP UFO Scrap everything…

Nicole July 2, 2018 - 7:21 pm

I know the feeling, Diane! It can be overwhelming, but we can do it. One quilt at a time!

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