Thursday, March 5, 2020

Graphic Stripes :: Finished

It took a long time, but I finally finished this quilt!  From the beginning I knew I'd quilt straight lines.  I just needed to get in the mindset to do so.  And so it sat for weeks until I just couldn't take it any longer!

49" x 64"
I took my time with the quilting.  Over the course of a couple weeks I carefully quilted line after line.  My main goal was to have straight straight line quilting!  It sounds so simple!



The more I quilted, the more excited I became.  I had to keep myself in check.  It's so easy to get carried away and want to go full throttle on the foot pedal. 

My best friend throughout the quilting was my ruler and Hera marker.  I couldn't rely on my eyes or walking foot alone.  The creases made from the Hera marker guided me and made it pretty easy to follow the lines.



The majority of the the lines were 1/4" wide, but there are a few 1/2" for good measure.  I said I knew I was going to straight lines when I started, which is true.  But it wasn't until I started each color section that I knew how wide or which direction I would go.  In the end there was only one section that I flipped the script and quilted horizontal lines.  That would be the orange section!



I matched thread colors with the fabric as to not distract from the graphic design.  The hardest part of that was making sure I didn't accidently go one stitch too far and land in the blue background.  It would have stood out like a sore thumb!  



There were threads to bury!  In the evening I would bury the threads so they were out of my way for the next quilting session.  It kept things neat and tidy.



With binding you have a couple options.  A contrasting color binding, matched binding or faced binding.  



I eventually settled on the matched binding and I'm so glad I did!  For me it's always a risk but one that is certainly worth it if I works!  And it did!


  

The sweet, sweet back!  It doesn't look like much here, but in person it makes me squeal just a little bit!



You can read about how I went about piecing this quilt here:  GRAPHICALLY MODERN  
Maybe not the normal or proper way to achieve straight stripes.  It worked well for me and if I make this design again I most definitely will do it again!


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25 comments :

  1. I love straight line/match-stick quilting - super job; your quilt is really cool!

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  2. it looks really good. Straight line machine quilting is the only way I attempt to do machine quilting

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    1. It isn’t easy moving a quilt through a domestic machine for quilting, but slow and steady wins the race most of the time!

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  3. The matched binding finishes it off so nicely and wow I love the way it looks on the back. I always turn my machine down to the slowest setting when walking foot quilting. It helps me when I itch to go faster!

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    1. There were several things I knew I wanted with this quilt which isn’t always the case! It’s so easy to get off track with straight lines. It’s funny…it never occurred to me to change the speed setting so I didn’t go too fast! It’s the simple things...

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  4. Your design is very striking! I like the graphic-ness of it, and the geometry. Being a long time FMQer, I haven’t yet attempted straight line quilting. It’s sounds like it would be easy, but I’m sure it’s not. And matchstick quilting... that would be an even bigger step for me. I keep thinking how boring it must be, but surely I’m wrong. Your piece turned out beautifully. I commend you on it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I had to remind myself over and over to take it slow while quilting the straight lines. It was a long road, but one I’m very happy I took!

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  5. What a striking quilt! I dub you Queen of the Matchstick! I just might send you a scepter made of matchsticks! LOL

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  6. Yowza, Jayne! I saw the little thumbnail picture in my Bloglovin' email today and your picture just gave me the chills. Straight straight-line quilting to be PROUD of, my friend. The design itself is so simple yet it just screams for attention. And your quilting highlights the heck out of the design. Such perfection. I love every little thing about this. And the binding!! Fabulous job. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. I’m so happy with the design and quilting. I didn’t want any of the quilting to interfere with the design and happily I managed to achieve that goal!

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  7. Straight line quilting is definitely a challenge - I always call mine "straight-ish!" Yours looks amazing, Jayne, and I love how you match the colors of thread to your fabric sections, too. Beautiful finish!

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  8. The back looks AMAZING -- as does the front! :)

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  9. You have got to be one of the most meticulous quilters I've ever seen! Your attention to detail is amazing and it shows with the wonderful things you create. Great finish, Jayne!

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  10. beautifully quilted and that matched binding is the perfect finish! well done

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  11. Totally worth all the thread changes and burying -- this looks awesome! And I love the back too!

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  12. Your patiences is to be admired Jayne - stitching so many tightly spaced lines must become tedious at times plus boring so many threads - but what a delightful finish. Great job!!

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  13. Another very pretty quilt! Love this serie

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  14. I absolutely love this! I think it's one of my favorites you've made. And good job on the quilting - I have a habit of speeding up too much! Yay for that matched binding too - perfect finishing touch!

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  15. Wow....amazing. The matched binding was the right choice. Well done.

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  16. I can always count on you to wow me. I always enjoy seeing all the little details you put into each quilt. This one is a stunner. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  17. All your quilts belong in the Quiltcon worthy of a ribbon.
    This one is no exception.

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  18. Absolutely stunning! That was an awful lot of threads to bury, but wow - worth it!

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  19. What a striking modern art quilt! I was going to say stunning, but then I saw that Sandy who commented right ahead of me used the word stunning and then it felt like I was just copying her... :-). But seriously, I love this one. Your work is just getting better and better, Jayne!

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