Click Here to find Stephanie's Tutorial on piecing this mini quilt
Obviously when you look at this quilt, the fabric is the absolute winner. These beautiful hand dyed fabrics are created by Wendy Paskus from Stipples Etc.
Stephanie has created a pattern and kit for this mini quilt so if you'd like to make one too click here to find the kit and pattern.
So I had a few challenges with this quilt - I wanted to add a bit of texture with the quilting design, but I definitely didn't want to distract from the star of the show - the beautiful fabrics and awesome piecing. Watch this video to see how I worked with both challenges:
Click Here to find the quilting ruler I used in this video. It's apart of the Dresden Plate Template Set which also cuts Dresden Plate blocks, tumblers, circles, and can be used for ruler work quilting!
stitched in the ditch between the gray spaces throughout the quilt first. I did this with my walking foot mostly for speed, but I could have done this in free motion or with ruler assistance as well. There's no wrong way to ditch!
When it comes to quilting with rulers, this is something that looks like it shouldn't be done on a home machine. The first time I saw it, I thought "no way, that looks crazy!"
But then I tried it with a small ruler and found it actually works great. It's almost a mix of the precision of walking foot quilting with the freedom of movement of free motion quilting.
However, you must use a ruler foot. This is not something you can do with a regular darning foot because the rulers will not have a safe surface to slide against and you'll end up quilting over the edge of the hard acrylic and CRACK! SMASH! BANG! There goes your needle, your ruler, and probably the timing (or something more expensive) on your machine.
When it comes to the design, I just lined up the edge of the ruler with the ditch lines on the quilt. Because my needle was in center position in the middle of the ruler foot, it gave me exactly 1/4 inch spacing between the needle and the ditch line. So long as I kept the ruler foot sliding along the edge of the ruler, and the ruler pressed to the edge of the ditch, the line remained straight and perfectly spaced.
The straight lines through the gray areas were very easy, but the borders offered a challenge. How do you quilt this little space? I could have done something more adventurous, but I really liked the lines. I kept the lines straight and continued them over the border, just echoing the piecing shapes or the previous quilting lines, always spaced 1/4 inch apart.
This created an asymmetrical, angular design that's very pleasing. It looks just a touch more complex in this area, a bit like a maze, and I really love that effect.
Thank you again Stephanie for a wonderful week of collaboration! You can learn more about Stephanie by listening to our podcast episode about tracking your business income.
Learn how to piece this beautiful Strippin' Mini quilt in Stephanie's Piecing Tutorial right here.
You can also check out the Sit and Sew Radio podcast with me and Wendy Paskus and learn a bit more about all three of us!
Let's go quilt,