Thursday, April 18, 2013

More Quilting Progress

After some more doodling on the quilt print outs, I settled on some organic swirls in the blue blocks:




For some reason my swirls/spirals almost always go counter-clockwise.  Even when doodling, even on almost every quilt I've made!  Maybe it's like left or right handed--built in, ya know?


From the back.

There are 12 of the blue blocks and 14 half blocks around the border.  The swirls are a lot faster than feathers to quilt, which I was happy about!  I love that all the quilting has an air and water movement to it.

What I finally chose for the center of the aqua blocks.  It reminds me of a compass.

I had read in more than one place that Aurifil is nearly lint-free...but I did not find that to be the very true.




I had to remove lint from the needle shaft area 3-4 times during this spool (nearly all 1422 yards of it).  It seemed like a lot of lint!  Overall I did like the Aurifil thread though: it quilted smoothly, I had ZERO tension issues, and it didn't break or have any problems in the thick seam areas or places I quilted over repeatedly!  The cone I bought is from Follow That Thread, it had the best price and shipping cost out of the many other websites I checked.  And the selection of colors is awesome.

I only have 3.9 of the center squares to quilt, but ran out of thread!  Now I must wait for my cone'o'thread to arrive...

8 comments:

  1. Perfect! Very nice - I knew it would come to you. :)

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  2. I love the swirls! Feathers are lovely, but sometimes I want a design that is not so dense and this looks like it would be perfect for that!

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  3. Oh, I know! I get the same thing going with me and swirls/spirals - they want to go only one direction. :) Love what you're doing here.

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  4. My swirls and spirals go in any direction, even if I would like it just clockwise :(

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  5. No thread is lent free. I have never tried Aurilfil, but Isacord thread does not lint up nearly that much! It doesn't matter which direction you swirl. Do what feels right!!

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  6. Your quilting is really beautiful. I hope your new thread comes soon so you can finish it :)

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  7. Hello Renee,

    Wonderful quilting. The spirals are easier going clockwise because that is the same as the flow for handwriting. That sounds as though I know what I'm talking about - well, I can write, but FMQ spirals are all in the future for me...

    Most of the fluff has probably come from the wadding rather than the thread.

    Love from England,
    Muv

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