Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ombre Triangle Quilt: A Few Tips

Happy weekend! Here are some more pictures from my ombre triangles project. Check out last weeks post on it for more info on the ruler work I did, but now I wanted to show a few tricks I've learned over the years.

The first is a bit of a cheat when you're going from one area to another where you'd usually break your thread tails. I lift the foot and needle at point #1, then move to an area where I've already quilted #2 and drop the needle down and back up, making sure to lower the foot first when using the ruler foot, and then move on to where I want to stitch #3.

I make sure that my traveling thread isn't going to be in the way of my quilting at any point and that the overall length of the thread is long enough for me to cut it at that single stitch and still have thread tails long enough to knot and bury later.


At point #3 above, I'm getting ready to do another 1/2 inch echo with my straight ruler before doing more of my floral filler.

You can see in the picture below that the point where these 6 pieces meet, there's quite a hump. I know from past experiences that stitching through it to flatten it won't go well. My machine can go through it fine, but my stitches will likely be wobbly.


Instead I will avoid the center by circling around it for the most part. This flower fill I'm using works well for this.


So now I've got another chunk of this quilt done. I can't wait to see what I'll quilt next! LOL.


In fact that's what I'm going to do now! Thanks for following along on my quilting adventures.

15 comments:

  1. I luv it thus far!!!! Circling the way you did is very successful for me, also. However, just doing the circle (without anchoring that center as best you can) can cause it to 'pop' even more. This turning out beautifully!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks! There's a fine line between circling the lumpy intersection, thereby giving that area some dimension and making that circle pop like a lumpy something or other.

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  2. Thanks for that "1 - 2- 3" trick! That's brilliant!

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  3. Very informative this morning Amy. I'm glad you touched on quilting where six points meet. Those are problem areas. Thanks!

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    1. I like being able to show what I do with these trouble spots because we all h ave them.

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  4. Great 123 tip! I was trying to figure out a better way to do deal with stop and start thread tying. Thanks!

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  5. I love the 1-2-3 technique! I have struggled with having lots of breaks and knot-and-buries. This will make my FMQ faster and more fun! Great way to handle tbe o
    bump. I have fought thast with otyher methokds. This is better! Thank you, Amy.

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  6. This is turning out just beautiful! I want to quilt like you do when I grow up...

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    1. Ha! We're a bunch of kids I suppose, at least in spirit. I find myself saying that about others lately regarding a few things.

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  7. Those are great tips and your quilting is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

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  8. I thought I am the only one to do that cheating! Glad you are doing that too :)

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