Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fixing a Cheat

Saturdays seem to always be a mixed bag of paying work, errands, chores, and sometimes sewing.  Luckily the latter did happen today, including fixing a cheat.  March's UFO Challenge pick was the Rick Rack Road quilt.  Although I called it a finish, it was really only 2/3 quilted.  The magazine (Quilt Sampler Fall/Winter 2007) had shown a sort of stacked feather/flower design filling the background portion of the rick rack, which was beyond my skills.  I couldn't decide what else to do.  

The quilted sashing and colored portions of the rick rack and the unquilted backgrounds.  There were 70+ of these triangles and I could not face filling them with a stop-and-start motif.  Today, inspiration struck.

I did a loop-de-loop with continuous stitching all the way through each column.

I think the big loops complement the rick rack nicely and continue the soft curves of the other quilting.

A bit hard to see, but look at all the texture now.  It is no longer a cheating quilt! 


*karendianne. said...

I've always liked this quilt and your quilting really sets it off. You do a great job machine quilting, Annie!

Quilter Kathy said...

The quilting is perfect! Isn't it just great when inspiration strikes and it works out! Great job!

Juliann said...

I like that loopdy loop idea and the colors on this quilt are lovely.

pcflamingo said...

I love that quilt and your machine quilting design solution! What a great way to use up stash fabrics. I can totally see doing one in florals and batiks, or wild kid-friendly colors, or homespuns. Love the loopy quilting - I am totally stealing that idea.

Vivian said...

Definitely a lightbulb moment. Your quilting motif is a wonderful match to the piecing of the border. Well done!

Joyful Quilter said...

Perfect solution! And your loops are so consistant, how do you do that? I think figuring out what design to quilt is the hardest part of the whole process.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Great idea! I think it looks marvelous! Have a happy Sunday!

Stephanie said...

Don't you love it when the light bulb goes on? It's a pretty quilt. Love the purple polka dot back.

Shay said...

I love big loops on quilts- so glad you were inspired to finish this "cheat".

I think one of the hardest things about quilting is deciding what design to use to stick those three layers together forever!

Beautiful job Annie.

Belinda said... 'dun' good girl!! I LOVE how you quilted it....clapping!!

(ok, rub my nose in much weight have you lost now?)