Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Quilt along #15 - Sharp Stippling

I was really silly to think I would have a quilt top -pieced, basted and fully prepared to start quilting it, along with Leah's different designs she has planned for us over the coming weeks.  I am really excited to move away from stippling to different types of designs/stippling.  This week we learnt  sharp stippling.


I prepared this quilt top thinking I would stitch in the ditch all along the strips and sashing, and filling the blocks and borders as we learn different designs.  But I'm not nearly done preparing this quilt. 

Kayleigh is teething, so you can imagine how tiresome it is trying to keep her happy during the day and night.  With her being so groggy I find it hard to take some time to work on this quilt.  Normally I would get a lot done during her nap time, but even that has been cut shorter.

So I got a practice piece ready and followed Leah's video on sharp stippling.  At first I was nervous, as I am so used to normal rounded shapes of stippling.  I was afraid I would mess it up, and go completely in the wrong direction.  I was surprised at how easy it was.  I first traced the design on paper to familiarize myself with the flow and direction I should follow.  I then got behind my machine and started quilting.  It sort of came naturally and I would definitely use this design on my quilt.  The only thing I still find hard is to keep my machine at a constant speed, at times I noticed that my stitches got very big, I will have to work on that!

Thanks Leah, you're a great teacher and a wonderful person for sharing your knowledge!!





I am very eager and exited to learn new designs.
Happy quilting.

19 comments:

Danielle Hudson said...

Wow! I'm in awe of your spacing skills! Tour work is so smooth and evenly spaced! Great job! And looks like you used grey fabric and yellow thread! I used yellow fabric and grey thread! Haha!

Pat said...

FANTASTIC! WOW, I love your sharp stippling.

Ann said...

That is some lovely quilting!!
And I agree: Leah IS wonderful :)

June D said...

Looks wonderful! You really connected with this design!

Marelize Ries said...

Hi Danielle, thanks. I'm certain with all the training and practicing we had with stippling, and also focusing on scale, it sort of went right from word go, I enjoy this design but find it hard to move my angles to either left or right, they're mainly up and down sharp points, non the less, I like it ♥

Marelize Ries said...

Hi Pat, thanks so much!
I enjoy your feedback and appreciate the good (great) compliments! ♥

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks Ann, I'm sure we would agree that we are all very lucky having her as our teacher, she's very inspiring... we can only hope to one day be as good as she........ ♥

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks June, the second I stitched my 1st on this sharp stippling I loved it, loved how it moved and how it blended in. Was a nice practice run, cant wait to start it on my real quilt, even looking at the flower print I'm not so skeptical to use it anymore, at first I thought it might not work, but now I'm sure it will...

Gerda said...

Wow, I'm impressed, this really looks awesome!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Gorgeous. Your choice of thread and fabric are perfect for showing off your talents.

Eden said...

very nice, very flamey. I posted mine on last week's blog entry - it ended up looking more like lobster claws and whale flukes! Oh well, more practice. Yours look great.

KrisR said...

Wow. It's beautiful and like someone said....so even!

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks Gerda, it means a lot getting positive responses.

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks Gwyned, cant wait to start quilting it on my 'real' quilt, I think I will give Zippling a try too :-)

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks, I myself is very amazed at how 'naturally' FMQ comes to me, I am astonished that since I've only had my sewing machine from the beginning of this year, never even interested in it before, that I love it so much, that's all I want to do now...

Marelize Ries said...

I had a look at yours and I think it looks great! Well done, at this rate we'll be 'pros' before we know it :-)

Rosemary said...

Marelize, your quilting looks perfect! Great job. I haven't tried this one yet. I hope to get to it soon.

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks Rosemary, it was fun trying out a different FMQ design...

FarahLin said...

Your stippling work is getting more and more amazing as I read through your posts, they are simply Fantastic!

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