Mini Dresden – Quilting
Ooooh – I got to take my ELSPETH quilt top to my moms to use her super awesome Handi Quilter. Normally, quilting a project this size would have been done on my home machine, but the tension is doing something crazy. I need to take it in. BUT can I just say, I love that HandiQuilter so much, maybe I subconciously broke the tension on my home machine so I’d HAVE to go to my moms…. Anywho, enough of my HQ-FanGirl-ness, let’s talk quilting.
The quilt is loaded horizontally, so I could tackle outlining the trapunto letters first. Can you see in the picture above, the “whiter” letters? That is because I have two layers of Hobbs 80/20 stitched behind them with water soluble thread.
First step is to re-outline the letters with quilt stitching lines. Trace each letter, then add a pile of free motion quilting pebbles to really make the letters stand out on the quilt. The pebbles are quilted with a “haphazard” approach. Whatever size. Whatever overall finished shape. Seemed to work. Afterall, I know what it is going to look like in my head, right?
I’m going to not call that an attempt at feathers…. I’m going to call it a success story for Crazy Worms. That’s right, I’ve quilted Crazy Worms along a spine, to set off my pebble design. I think the straight-ish lines (along the edge) help the design, too.
There are basically two rows of Crazy Worms, horizontal lines, swirls, pebbles and loopies in the Dresden circles. Here, let me get you a closer-up picture:
Crazy Worms and all, I LOVE how this quilt finished up. Loads of people can do feathers. Not everyone can rock the worms. …cough cough…
I’m already planning my stripe binding for it. I know which one I’m picking and just need to get those strips cut.
I should have some finished pictures really soon. ….after the trimming…. after the dryer to take out the frixion marking… after the binding… I’m in the home stretch! Stay tuned.