Earlier this summer, I’ve shown you a WIP quilt top made with a rainbow charm pack (see this post). I had mentioned I had to make the quilting for a quilt designed and pieced by my friend Cinzia using the same charm pack. I finished the quilting and gave it back to her last week. Before I did, I took a few pictures to share with you.
Cinzia pieced improvisational houses. I love the cream, grey and yellow dots she used for the negative space. I love how different the rainbow of colors looks with those compared to how it looks with the cool gray and pure white I’ve used.
A while ago I had seen a whole cloth quilt from West Elm on Pinterest (see this pin). It features a herringbone pattern for the quilting and I really like the idea. When I saw Cinzia’s quilt, I thought it would be perfect to quilt this in the negative space. Herringbone patterns can look like a series of rooftop or tiles. I decided to go improvisational just like the piecing of the houses. I first quilted some vertical lines using my walking foot. I aligned those lines with the edges of the house blocks and with the top of the roofs. Then I switched to my darning foot to free motion quilt the zig zag lines going from a vertical line to the other.
Cinzia provided me a yellow and orange variegated thread for the quilting. A contrasting thread makes the quilting errors more obvious. Using a variegated thread adds an additional difficulty. I had a hard time adjusting the thread tension. I wasn’t able to completely eliminate the thread loops from the bobbin from showing up on the front. This was more evident when the thread on the front changed to a different color than the one on the back.
Still, I hope my friend Cinzia is happy with the result and I’m looking forward seeing the quilt finished. As for my quilt, I though I’d share the finished quilt top. It really hasn’t change much since the last picture, but the piecing is done. I’m still unsure how I’ll quilt it. Either a large spiral or something that will accentuate the two levels of pinwheels.
Both these quilts are meant to be donated by the Montreal MQG to a palliative care center. I hope they will bring comfort to the persons who will receive them.