This week I've taken a look at the Zen Breaks we learned during the summer while working on our modern quilt top. I really like Zen Breaks and I think it's a great way to break down and secure all the areas of a quilt and have nice spacing for multiple designs.
However, stitching across the quilt with all those long lines of quilting to break it up can be a bit of a pain. I began thinking of ways to break up the quilt and use multiple designs, but be able to move from the center in more of a clustering fashion.
I also really liked Angela Walter's method of breaking up a quilt with tiles that she shared right here in Sew Cal Gal's Free Motion Quilting Challenge.
I like this idea, but straight lines and sharp angles are harder to produce on a domestic sewing machine without marking. If I used this, I'd want those straight lines to be perfectly straight and probably end up marking each one as I worked through a quilt.
But what if that design could be bent into a free form arrangement more like Zen Breaks? And what if it could be quilted free form through a quilt from the center using Quadrant Quilting?
All these questions had to be answered, and as luck would have it, they worked out into a great new design / filling technique - PODS!
Now branch off one side with a new design. Quilt until you're border and surround it with echoes. Wash and repeat and watch this video to see how it works in real life:
Difficulty Level - Intermediate.
Design Family - Foundational.
In truth, the photo isn't very clear when this design is stitched over the Batik Beauty Quilt because there's so many wiggly lines of quilting with this design. So here's a break down of how it's stitched. First start with a small cluster of any design:
So with one more quilt buster under your belt, what are you going to blast through this week?
I don't know about you, but the only thing I'll likely be busting through is a very yummy turkey tomorrow on Thanksgiving.
Let's go quilt,