This weekend I finished up this pixelated heart quilt which I started rather a long time ago. The quilt top was made using Jolene's pixelated heart quilt tutorial, using 2.5" squares. I've been waiting to quilt it for a long time. I wanted to quilt feathers on this quilt, but I hadn't really quilted feathers before and I was nervous.
Even though it wasn't really meant to be included in Krista Withers' compositional quilting class, Krista taught us how to quilt feathers. Feathers are notoriously tricky but Krista shared a technique for making them easier.
Anyway, I did this quilting on my Juki, mostly free motion, but also using my walking foot a little bit (for the stems of the feathers and the straight diagonal lines). After I quilted the feathers, I added in the straight lines to divide up the space (one of the key concepts from Krista's class was dividing the space into different segments and using different quilting designs to fill them). I then filled in the unquilted spaces using two different motifs - paisley with bubbles and straight(ish) lines.
I really had to throw a solid fabric on the back of this quilt. Nothing else shows up detailed quilting as well as a solid!
I will pop a label on this quilt and then I really want to send it through the washing machine and see how it changes after washing. At QuiltCon, I got to touch a couple of quilts that Leanne (shecanquilt) had quilted very densely and then washed a couple of times. They were so much softer than I expected! The paisley / bubble quilting is pretty dense so I think this quilt could use some softening up.
I am pretty thrilled with how this quilt came out. I'm really inspired to keep working on my free motion quilting. It's all about the practice!
Have you been working on your free motion quilting skills lately?