Saturday, January 9, 2010

Experimental quilting

I had all of the ditch quilting done, hadn't decided how to quilt the borders, and then decided to use a double needle and 2 different colors of purple thread. After I quilted the borders I decided to just experiment with the double needle stitching in other places. When I finished I was sure I had ruined it and then I took it to the ironing board and steam pressed from the back. Well now it was not too bad, certainly not a winner in anyone's book but passable.I quilted in a spiral formation in this block.
I stitched through the narrow bands in the piecing in 2 different directions.
I have started hand stitching the binding (bottom of top picture). I'll show the whole picture tomorrow when the binding is done.
I got the back of a twin size quilt sewn together yesterday and will quilt that today. We're back in the deep freeze outside so it will be a good day to quilt.

16 comments:

Joyce said...

I never thought of quilting with a double needle. I used to use one a lot to decorate polar fleece jackets. It looks like pin tucks. Maybe I'll try it on my next wall hanging.

Maria said...

The twin needle stitching looks very effective.
You'er on a roll with the quilts Wanda.

Pat said...

I, too, think it looks very good with the double-stitching.

Jackie said...

Actually from my point of view, it looks very nice! I like it. Never thought of doing it this way, but it is effective. Enjoy staying cuddled up inside today!

Vicki W said...

Oh my gosh, I think you jsust solved a quandry I was having on my Initiative piece!

capitolaquilter said...

I have owned a double needle for years but have been too scared to try it. I think your quilt looks great and am so impressed by how much to get done. Thanks for posting every day, it's a happier read than the newspaper!

Rebel said...

Show us the whole quilt!!! I like all the different reds and purples.

I think the double line is cool, it's always good to experiment.

HollyM said...

I've not thought of trying a double needle to stitch on a quilt. I must try it. Your productivity just amazes me! I was so happy to notice the link for Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I have some but not quite enough to start a quilt. I just ordered a roll.

Anonymous said...

Fun to see your "experimental quilting". It seems to add 'whimsy' to a tailored piece.

J~MT

Cheryl Arkison said...

I think this is a great idea! Save yourself some effort for a fantastic effect.

Cathi said...

What a great idea using a double needle!! I like the effect. I would love to see the whole quilt too.

Meggie said...

I enjoy seeing your new ideas. That quilt in the previous post is a stunner!

Karen said...

I second Rebel's request. Please post a picture of the whole top. Also one of the back as I'm curious what the twin needle stitching looks like there. Thanks.

Jody said...

The double needle is such great fun!!! I used it on a knit recently and was annoyed that I had waited so long as the effect is so nice! I really like what you did with it. Wanda, you just keep on surprising and inspiring!!!

QuiltSue said...

It looks really good, what a clever idea. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Angie said...

It looks great.. I would love to see the back please, please. I'm never sure about the zig-zaggy thing, I once tried the double needle to quilt but I thought it wasn't "right" for the back... I am much more liberated now! he he
can we see piccys of the back, please?