What We’re Making! Lucky Improv Quilt by Diana
Yeah! I completed the Lucky Improv quilt which started at Quiltcon in Denyse Schmidt’s Improvisational Patchwork Workshop. You’ve seen the progress here on the blog, from quilt blocks, to quilt top and finished back.
I was amazed at how the quilting changed every preconceived idea I had about the quilt. Each of the fabrics came alive after quilting. Many different patterns were used in the quilting process, from simple wavy lines to stippling. The best part was quilting the wide border at each end, which uses a floral pattern that Angela Walters taught in a Free Motion Quilting class at Quiltcon. By the end of the quilt I felt competent enough in my free motion skill to give it a try.
I’m hooked on Free Motion Quilting now. The uneven lines and imperfections just add to the whole rustic, random, wonkiness of the quilt design. Toward the end of the quilt my designs were getting a bit more controlled and my confidence was building. I found the groove, which is a combination of peddle speed and hand speed or hand ,eye, foot coordination. Once the peddle and hands find the right balance the quilting flows evenly.
What an exhilarating process! I can’t wait to complete another quilt just to be able work on the quilting.
The finished size ended up at 36″ x 49″. Yes, I used my regular old sewing machine and a spool of 50 weight Medium Grey Aurifil thread, on the quilting.