Machine quilting……a subject that didn’t even exist years ago has been taken to levels that almost defy what could ever have been imagined! The artistry, complexity and creative skill level seen at today’s quilt events, at times, evokes such amazement as to just how it was achieved. Having said all that, there is still a place for the simple, under-stated designs that remind us that these lovely creations were meant to be used…and loved. Such is this blue and white piecing that came to me for final stitching. First of all, I must state that this color combo is my all-time fave and stitching on it has been so calming and thoroughly enjoyable in its simplicity. Once again, there was a definite “voice heard” indicating what was needed on this one. Looking at the piecing pattern (“Trip Around the World”), I observed that it’s a basic pieced pattern with fabrics that had a lot going on for prints. Keeping it simple, for the stitching, was a definite ‘yes’. Once this is washed, there will be massive texture, I’m sure!! I switched to a ruler foot to do a bit of SID (stitch in the ditch) to set off a blue border which will be left unquilted to give the eye a resting place. I continued with the center pattern on the wide outer border. Just a bit more stitching and final trimming and this one will be ready to find its home. A final thought. The critical ‘issue’ on this one turned out to be achieving a perfect thread tension between the top & bobbin threads. I used a provincial blue on top and a pale silver gray in the bobbin. I did try a similar blue on the bobbin but it really spoiled the look of the backing.
Thread: (top) Isacord (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom, cotton/poly (80/20)