Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quilt 5: quilting

I started quilting the random triangles quilt last night. It turns out that I'm not very good at straight lines. I also didn't like the washable fabric pencil that I was too hard to see. I did go with a variegated thread, although that might be hard to tell from the pictures.

So my question is, how small should the biggest non-quilted piece be? My guess that my 5"x5" is too big. Then comes my next question...should I just add more lines to make smaller rectangles or should I go from point to point of the rectangles to make triangles? I was originally going to do point to point because that would make some nice random triangles, but then I realized that the hypotenuses (hypotenui??) would be going along different lines that the top triangles and it seems like that would be distracting.

I also managed to fold over a little piece of the backing and quilt it. Luckily it was just a tiny corner so I didn't have to remove the entire seam.

I just linked up with Freshly Pieced if you want to see some other fun quilts and works in progress!


  1. I like the quilting, straight lines could be a little hard..I would not leave more then 5x5 area unquilted.maybe some small triangles or squares in the space.

  2. I agree with could use more quilting; but it looks great...for straight lines...draw the first one...then try using the width of your walking foot...a lot of quilting though...maybe a triangle in a'll get it; the quilt is lovely

  3. Some batting makers recommend up to 8 or 9 inches and some 2 to 4 inches. I am not sure what batting you are using. I read that the more densely it is quilted the better but that does not suit some quilts either. I have never had any problems with the cotton battings quilted at about 9 inches or the poly/cotton at about 4 inches. I sound like a know it all, I am not but I just do what I want and don't worry about it. Pretty quilt by the way.

  4. Looks beautiful! I'm not much of an expert on quilting, so I can't really tell you how far apart you would want to quilt, but I've seen such a range on Flickr that I think it's really whatever you prefer. The density of the quilting does effect the feel of the finished quilt, so keep that in mind.

    Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )


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