The quilting design for this month is called "Tiles" which could be used in a border or in negative space as long as it is not too small an area. Angela used a "swirl" design in her sample and I can assure you this is not the easiest of designs to do! It took many hours of practice after which I still wasn't very happy but towards the end of my final piece, I thought it was passable! Also to quilt the straight lines of the tiles was a challenge in itself. I had to resort to a ruler and wash-out marker to make them line up.
Here is my final piece which I present for the July challenge.
|Tiles filled with swirls|
As usual I started with pencil and paper marking direction of quilting with arrows....
then did a few practice pieces - here is one....
Thank you Angela for providing this tutorial. It was really more difficult than it looks and provided a great challenge. Thank you also to SewCalGal for the opportunity.
Argh those swirls really got to me! Anyway, after completing my challenge piece and while my mind was still in "swirl" gear, I decided to give them a go on a hand pieced ufo, and yes I know, I know..... many say that you just do not machine quilt something that has been hand pieced, but this Spool quilt had been put aside for the past two years and periodically taken out and had a bit of hand quilting done on it. Unfortunately I had used a chintz on the back and this made it very difficult to quilt by hand, so to just get it done I decided to put it under my machine and go for it. At least it is finished as I really don't like having unfinished quilts put away in cupboards!
And here it is....
|Spool Quilt with swirls|
Thank you for taking a looky and will see you again in August. I wonder what lies ahead for us next month?