This spring I worked on a baby quilt for Fat Quarterly. It was published yesterday in Issue 14 of their ezine. If you didn’t see the issue, take a look at the preview here. It is filled with inspiration!
The design for the quilt was one I had in mind for a while. I showed the stack of fabrics for it a year ago.The quilt features a rainbow of color in three different values. Visual spectrum from red to indigo is often plotted on a logarithmic scale. At least, this is what I recall from the different physics courses I followed. Here it’s my engineering background who’s insinuating itself in my quilting design! Anyway, this has inspired me to do 3 rows of different widths from darker to lighter being longer to shorter. For the quilting, I wanted to emphasize the design. So, I decided to do straight line quilting, but to use a logarithmic grid to space the lines. I repeated the grid 4 times.
For those of you who are more familiar with my quilting experience, you know that I’m not that comfortable with straight line quilting. Having to deliver a quilt with straight line quilting, put a bit of pressure on me. But, I didn’t want to leave that out as I thought it really added to the design. I decided to put all chances on my side.
First, I used spray basting instead of pins. This was a first time for me. Below is my setup. I’m not a big a fan of putting glue on fabric, even though I know it will all wash away. Also, I hate spraying something that smells bad. Just like when my husband needs to paint some car parts in his garage and it smells all over the house. I did my spray basting on an old sheet installed on my deck. It went well and I’m sure it helped a lot in avoiding the shifting. Still, this is not something I would do inside the house in the winter when you can’t open the windows.
Other things that probably helped were my new walking foot and the thread I used. I had broke the plastic piece holding the guide on my foot. When looking for a replacement part, I learned that Janome made a new walking foot with a guide that could be put both sides of the foot. I find this really practical, so I decided to order one.
I read so much good things about Aurifil online, that I decided to give it a try for this quilt. People from Aurifil and the lady from the store I ordered it from, helped me find the color that would match the background fabric which is Kona in Ash (2615, Aluminium). A big thanks to them. I used the 40 wt thread. I appreciated quilting with it. Did it make a difference? I couldn’t say. But, I’ll definitively those threads again. One major benefits is the large spools you can order.
I’m really glad of how the quilting turned out. The texture was even nicer after washing.