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Quilting the Orange Sun

on Feb 8, 2012 in Blog, quilting | 3 comments

This quilt ended up being small-ish. It is about 19″ square and is finished. I’ll probably hang it on the wall in the studio for a bit. (At this rate, I might have to start hanging these small projects on the ceiling too!!!)

I wanted to show you how I ended up quilting it.

I had this page from my sketchbook as inspiration. It is zentangle-esque, though I doubt I’m doing the zentangle part right. I wanted the work to be divided diagonally and then filled in with different quilting motifs. I think diagonal would be a very hard way to work on a longarm type machine. We’ll cross that bridge on another day. I? have it on good authority that it CAN be done…. For now, quilting these small things are still done on my Elna 3007 home sewing machine.

Anywhoo. With all the different motifs to be showcased, visible thread was in order! This is a grey sulky blendable variegated thread. It turned out much darker than I anticipated, but at the end of the project- I’m not too worried about it.

If you ever want to give free-motion quilting (FMQ) a try, I highly recommend doing it on a small-ish piece. It finishes quickly and still lets you try all the different styles that you’ve been pinning over on pinterest. =)? And you don’t use up alot of fabric for the experiment.



  1. How beautiful! I keep playing with Zentangles a little on paper and want to try it on fabric. Yours is soooo neat!


    February 8, 2012

  2. Your quilting is absolutely stunning!


    February 8, 2012

  3. Oh, this is gorgeous. I am still rather new at free motion quilting and this looks a bit daunting to me!! But, my goal is to eventually get good enough to be able to do some of these intricate quilting designs. Thanks for sharing!


    February 26, 2012

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