I love sharing all the exciting things that are happening for me right now, but I am so thrilled to get back to the reason that I started this blog in the first place…..quilting!! Today’s quilt, Gridlocked, is a quilt that I quilted almost a year ago. I have been impatiently waiting to share it with you…..
This quilt was designed and pieced by Tula Pink for her newest book “Tula Pink’s City Sampler Quilts” (due out in May). It also happens to be the cover quilt!
This quilt was a challenge to quilt, for a few reasons. First off, I couldn’t use the same color thread in the background as I used in the blocks. So there were a lot of color changes, around 10 different colors if I remember correctly.
It’s kinda funny, I didn’t know the name of the quilt when I quilted it. It’s called Gridlocked and I quilted a kind of grid in the background of the quilt.
I am such a sucker for making secondary patterns with the quilting!
I had a hard time figuring out how I was going to quilt the borders of the quilt. In fact, I loaded the quilt and quilted the first row of blocks before I even decided what I was going to quilt in the borders. I was hoping that once I started quilting, that inspiration would strike. Thankfully it did!
If you have ever taken a class from me, you probably heard me say that I don’t usually mark my quilting designs. I may have joked that it takes too long, or that “close enough is good enough”. But this quilt was definitely a special situation, so I marked the border to help keep the designs consistent.
I even took a picture while I was marking the quilt…..I thought you might get a kick out of the high-tech templates that I used….
That’s right, a paper plate helped me mark the curved part of the border! I can be resourceful if necessary!
I also veered away from my normal batting selection for this quilt. I usually use Quilter’s Dream Poly batting but for this quilt, Tula and I wanted just a bit more ummph (the not-so-technical name for loft). So I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting. It’s ultra puffy, but not as heavy as two layers of the poly batting (which is what I normally do)
I am thrilled with how this quilt turned out and I feel like it’s a great example of how sometimes we all just need to do something a little special, a little harder than normal. The result is so worth the work!
Tomorrow, I am going to tell you all about my new Handi Quilter quilting machine. I realized that I never showed pictures of it or discussed why I made the change. Until then, Happy Quilting!!!!