Modern Quilting

>> Thursday, February 10, 2011

What is modern quilting?

I started to get stuck on this question once I pinned my set of liberated churn dashes. They were ready and waiting for some *modern* quilting!

I started with my go-to standard and quilted in the ditch around each churn dash. Then I quilted 1/4 inch away from the seam all the way around each one. I also quilted 1/2 inch away from the outside edge of this set as I'm using the "quilt as you go" method and will be joining it to the other large blocks.

Then I quilted a shoo fly in the centre of each churn dash. It's a another traditional block very similar except it doesn't have divisions in the middle squares. I did them on angles that somewhat followed where the fabrics in the churn dashes joined each other. Definitely liberated shoo flies!

Then I was stuck again. I hadn't thought about the uneven joining of the sides of the blocks when they were put together. I tried to maintain the appearance of the blocks joining at the centre, but didn't know how to make all of the white spaces look cohesive.

So I started thinking about traditional quilting.

I have a poster of this quilt. It was co-ordinated by Renske Helmuth and was sold at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. Here is the link to read more about it. You can read about Renske more on her blog.
{I've written about the sale before. Click on the link for an inspiring show}

This is what I think of when I think of traditional quilting - on an applique quilt.

Curved quilting pieces = straight quilting lines.

THIS is what I think of when I think of traditional quilting for square piecing and/or blank spaces. This quilt is the photo example for a workshop with Sue Nickels. I have Sue's machine quilting book and should really spend more time with it:) Check out Sue's website here.

square pieces/blank squares = curvy quilting lines

Surely there are MORE options! I love these traditions and wish I was better at implementing them in my quilts.

I did some more thinking about quilting designs that I have seen and liked over the years.

I remembered some neat, Hawaiian motif pillows that I saw at a friend's house once. {There's a few more techniques I still want to try!} But what did the quilting lines do?

Highlight the design of the quilt by echoing it!

Pretty simple to do and look modern doing it:)

I used the edge of my walking foot as a guideline to keep the spaces between the lines even. I decided to close in the design by having the last part of it sew right up to the line before it so I wouldn't have a 'dead end' of quilt thread to deal with. If you click on photo above you might be able to see what I mean. I also took artistic liberty in deciding where to make the connecting shapes start and stop. Where some edge triangles and squares meet I decided where to make them end.

What do you think? Did I * find* modern quilting - or at least an approximate one for my quilt?
Do you agree with my definitions of quilting - or do you have something to add? Please do!

How do you quilt your quilts?
I'd love it if you linked up in the comments to a recent quilt you've finished - and tell me what kind of quilting you did:)

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Deb Fox-McHugh February 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

Sarah, I think the echo line quilting really looks modern and compliments your quilt. I love the blocks-I might just try one!

Rachel Slote-Brown February 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM  

Hey Sarah, your quilting looks great! I didn't know those quilting definitions and I would have to look at my quilts to figure out if I followed them. I just quilt what the quilt looks like it needs. You've definitely come a long way since you first began quilting.
Looks awesome - can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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