Giant Double Aster Free Motion Quilted
I decided to go crazy and try all sorts of quilting styles on my Giant Double Aster quilt block quilt. This is one of those quilts I made just to see if I could do it, so I decided to approach the quilting in the same manner. It was sooooooo liberating.
The quilt was finished on my mid-arm frame. Since the quiltable area, or “throat area” , is narrow, the quilt required quite a few rolling-and-re-tightening moments to get the whole thing finished.
I also learned a bit about direction. I quilted clamshells into some of the white spaces on the quilt. All the shells go the same direction, rather than rotating or radiating out from one point. Eh, what are ya gonna do, right? I’m definitely not comfortable enough to reload the quilt, turned 90 degrees. I know long-armers do that so they can do vertical borders. Um… that will be later. For now, my “play quilt” will just have quilting going in one direction.
I tried a different motif style in each fabric shape. Clamshells, swirls, McTavishing, channel stitching, 90 degree meandering, pebbles- all sorts of stuff.
I also used variegated Sulky blendable thread. I hadn’t really planned on quilting the piece so heavily… so I really was not sure if I had enough thread for this 50″ square top. Lets just say it was a really close call!!!
I’m not sure how easy that above picture will be to see; its a bit blurry. (click on it to enlarge it) It is the quilt back. The quilt is backed with Rock and Roll flannel by Northcott fabrics. It is so soft.
This is definitely one of the most densely-quilted things I’ve ever done. I do really like how it turned out. I’ll have to try it again. I have another UFO to finish up. Stay tuned, you know I’ll have pictures!