I’m sometimes asked to re-quilt a Quilt that has already been finished with hand-quilting.
Some of you might even wonder why I would do this, or even how I would put it on my frame.
It can be a challenge to add machine quilting to a work that has hand-work, but there are times when the machine quilting can enhance the original quilt. Let’s face it, the two are very different and have distinct textural looks.
Today on my frame I have a beautiful Quilt and I’ve been asked to add dense background quilting so that the quilt will not sag and the applique will stand out.
My plan is to treat the hand stitching as a separate design element and add my machine stitching to compliment what is already there.
What do you think about adding machine stitching to a hand-quilted work. I’d love to hear from you.
Sebastian Quilters Raffle Quilt
I recently finished quilting the Christmas Raffle Quilt for the Sebastian Quilters. It is a custom quilted pieced made with hexagonal flowers that are appliqued onto the blocks with a stem and leaf. The flowers were too large to leave un-quilted, so I stitched rounded flower petals and a circular center on each, then free-motion stippled around them.
With so many choices for stippling, I thought it best to keep it simple with a regular puzzle looking stipple stitch. When I was learning to free-motion quilt, this was the first “stitch” I mastered. I often think of my friend Chris Landis who encouraged me to try her APQS and let me use her longarm on my first quilt. Ironically, it was a hexagonal Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt top given to me by my cousin. The stippling in many quilts was primarily done like this – nothing like you see today with background fills of McTavishing, pebbles and other fancy fills you see in today’s quilts.
On the borders, I quilted a simple but easy lowercase “L’s and E’s” pattern. Even though it is a basic design stitch, it dresses up the border nicely and adds interest without being fussy or complicated. Whenever I’m unsure about a design to use, I tend to go back to basics.
Raffle tickets for the quilt are priced at $1.00 each or six for $5.00 and can be purchased from any Sebastian Quilters Christmas Committee member.
I am often asked to donate my quilting services for various projects and I happily do so for a limited number of groups each year. Last year l quilted several quilts for Habitat, Sebastian Quilters, Quilts of Valor and St Baldrick’s Foundation.