There's just the one fabric in this quilt. Isn't that cool? I had already done some preliminary design work for these triangles (using the super awesome QP Edge 12" ruler and the TopAnchor 9"Dahlia) so it was good to actually start on the real thing.
First to choose the thread. This quilt runs the gamut from light to dark, and I knew I wanted to use just one thread. Too light wouldn't work, nor would too dark. This Glide thread was just right. BTW, would anyone be interesting in buying Glide thread through my online shop? It's an idea I'm kicking around.
Once the thread was chosen, time to do some stitch in the ditch or SID for short. I chose to do this with my straight ruler in free motion instead of using the Accufeed on my Janome or a walking foot. I had three reasons: 1) The designs I wanted to make would overlap and break the quilt into bigger chunks, so I wouldn't just be stitching straight lines all the way across the quilt. 2) Since I'd be stitching bigger chunks, I wanted the freedom of stitching in free motion so I wouldn't need to rotate my quilt a bunch if using the walking foot. 3) I'm stitching in the shop and the machine that has the most room for this project is already set up for free motion quilting with the ruler foot. (reason 3.5: I'm a wee bit lazy) 4) It's what I do! Ruler work rocks! (Yes that's 4 reasons...anyway....)
Then the fun got started! Just a wee bit so far. Yes, just a tease. The life of a shop owner has very little time to actually sew or quilt. I'm working on getting more creative time before I go completely AWOL.
Have you all seen Christa Watson now has a class on Craftsy? I've mentioned her here on the blog (she's a reader of mine) before, we've got a quilty mutual-admiration thing going on. She's a great teacher of beginner quilting, whether with a walking foot or free motion. Her class is The Quilter's Path. Plan it Stitch it, Quilt it.
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I've been watching Christa's class and I'm looking forward to doing a more thorough review soon. She's an enthusiastic teacher and her class is packed with information.
How is your new year going so far? Are you seeking more creative time too, like I am?