Its no secret what I've been working on this past week, well that is if you're following me on Instagram and Facebook. I've enrolled to Angela Walters' Dot to Dot Quilting class on Craftsy some time ago, but after watching all the videos I was a tad bit intimidated by quilting straight lines using my free motion quilting foot.
But I was determined and I really wanted to try it out. I felt that if its a total flop and that if proves to be too difficult for me, at least I'd know and I could move on. So I quickly made the quilt top as part of the class materials and started quilting right away. You can imagine my surprise as I went along how easy it was. Sure the straight lines aren't perfect but when you step back it actually looks okay, what I think works to my advantage is that I used a thread that blends into the fabric so the designs really pop.
Of course when quilting shorter distances it is much easier getting the lines almost straight, but when having to go over a longer distance it got a bit tricky. So inside the green fabric, I decided to add circles filling in the open center spaces hoping it would distract from the lines that are not perfectly evenly spaced and straight. I think it works well, it adds so much texture and it really pulls your eyes towards the diamond shapes.
I used two layers of low loft poly batting for this quilt and it really makes the quilting stand out more. I have only the border to finish up. I am completely sold, it is possible to quilt beautiful straight line quilting using your domestic sewing machine, I had my first try on my asymmetrical diamond quilt, only filling in small spaces and now of course this quilt.
What I am most proud of, is that I did not mark a single line OR dot quilting this quilt.
I should be done very soon and I cant wait to have it bound and hung. I am excited about the possibilities of quilting dot to dot designs on my future quilts, it really adds different dimensions to a quilt. I love it...
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