Oh, hello! I didn’t think anyone would still be here after my unplanned 2-week break from blogging. At any given time, I might be working on a book, or working on quilts for someone else’s book, or perhaps working on an online class for Craftsy…..but right now, I am juggling all three! Needless to say, I am trying to keep my head on straight……
But enough of that boring, business-y stuff…..let’s get to the real reason that we are here, machine quilting! I don’t know about you, but I tend to go through phases where I find myself in love with a particular machine quilting design. It seems like every quilt that I work on is perfect for that design and I look for different fun ways to use them. In the past, I have been in a swirl-phase, a feather-phase, and (believe it or not) a straight line quilting-phase. This time I find myself constantly using my new favorite design, the serpentine line.
I’m not talking about the long wavy lines in the picture above, I am talking about the shorter, “s” shaped lines in between the wavy lines.
Now you may be slightly confused, it seems too simple and basic, right? But I have made it my mission to try to use this design in as many ways as possible. (What can I say? I am easily amused!)
In one of the quilts that I quilted for Camille, I used it in the sashing:
On the quilt below, I used it a couple of different ways…
First, I used it as a border design.
I’m not sure if I happy with it or not. Overall, I like how it looks. But, as you can see, I really struggled keeping the spacing consistent. I also think that the border was a little too wide for this design, it would probably look better in a smaller border. Plus turning the corner was a little tricky. But, I’ll keep trying it in borders until I get it down!
On the other hand, I used it in some of the blocks and was completely happy with how it turned out.
In fact, I liked it so much I did it on another quilt…
(See?? I told you I was stuck in a phase!)
In yet another quilt, I quilted that same design, but alternated the direction to give it a little bit of a different look. So fun!!
I hope that this post convinces you that you don’t have to use the same ‘ol machine quilting designs, in the same ‘ol way. Have fun with them! Get stuck in a phase! Experiment with them! Even if you aren’t thrilled with how it turns out, don’t let that stop you. Half of the fun is in the journey!
Surely, I am not the only quilter that goes through phases….how about you? Have you been stuck on a machine quilting design before?