If you look closely you will see quilting designs added to the designs in yet another new series. Clicking on the picture gives you a closer view.
Preparing the designs for virtual quilting is just as painstaking as doing the prep work for real quilts. The bonus is that once the prep work is done, virtual quilting is just as quick as virtual piecing and applique.
The prep work for virtual quilting is converting block designs to line drawings, or drawing specific designs, and modifying them to use in and around the pieced and applique layers.
I was looking for a project file with no room for quilting … that didn’t work, so I guess the next week, or maybe three, will find me concentrating on quilting designs for borders.
Definitely a quilt design which will remain a design … though I have been thinking about techniques for that border fence. I think I would buy in a good supply of permanent markers.
Another thought … I wonder how many markers it would take to colour a whole quilt?
This series features just three block designs, or more accurately, three colour variations of the same block … the traditional half light, half dark Log Cabin, plus the same block constructed with all light or all dark fabrics.
Then I just did a little twisting and turning each time I moved the three variations of the block around.
The only thing to keep in mind when making Log Cabin blocks is to make sure you have a distinct difference between light and dark.
I like the one above, and the one below.
More Log Cabin variations next week.
I opened up this project file to start playing with the quilting layer … then I decided to leave this one alone. There are a lot of interesting designs which leave just a little room for filler quilting designs.
However, the block designs would make interesting quilting designs, so maybe one day I will use this series as inspiration for a wholecloth series of designs
One of those designs which makes me wonder how I did that!
Love it … and with the knowledge I have gained over the last week or so, I would use a zigzag machine stitch … or do buttonhole by hand.
The quilt top which taught me this lesson should be bordered for show and tell sometime next week. Pity it is not as pretty as this one.
Interesting tangle of Irish Chain blocks