While I'm in the mood to quilt might as well make the best of it. There was no real plan for the quilting before putting my Scrappy Spring Baskets on the frame. I knew I wanted tons of quilting in the white areas but other than that it's design as I go. You can find the tutorial and templates for this quilt block for FREE here on my blog. And some basic sashing measurements here.
The quilting design in the outer border and sashing reminds me of ric-rac. Thinking I might go back and do straight line zigzags for more detail. This is my favorite background fill design. There's no real pattern, it's just do whatever fills the space.
Remember Friday when I was talking about the fabrics in the Country Girl quilt and how I used NON quilt shop quality fabrics. Well hold on to your socks...the yellow sashing in this quilt is a twin bed sheet! Pretty darn cute for a sheet, huh? Most of the fabrics are LQS quality but there's also some shirtings and vintage fabrics hiding in here also. LQS fabric is about 75 to 80 thread count, batiks 100. So I've been told that you should never use any fabric in a quilt that is over 200 thread count. Is that so? Then why does the LQS sell a 300 thread count, wide backing fabric at $16 a yard! Pardon me but a 300 count sheet is cheaper than that! Are sheets hard to quilt? NO, the only thing I do differently is using a smaller needle sometimes. Longarmers typically use 16 or 18, this is why most longarmers will say no sheets for backings. I use a 14(on this quilt) most of the time because I don't like large holes in my quilts. But for some quilts... the Country Girl and Summer Romance I used a 10. Oh yes you read that right a 10 on the frame. WARNING! IF YOU USE A SMALL NEEDLE YOU MUST SLOW DOWN YOUR STITCHING. This another reason why longarmers don't like sheets. They want to quilt fast and make money, can't say that I blame them for the rules, it's all about the money. The smaller the number on the needle the more likely it will bend and crash causing damage to the machine or quilt. Why would I take that chance? Oh I guess I just like living on the wild side!
Other than that it's because while watching a YouTube video of a famous quilter(who has now pulled the free videos and sells them) she said she uses the smaller needles and finer threads and higher count fabrics(silk) on a quilt frame. If she can do it and sell a quilt to the Quilt museum in Paducha for $10,000 then I can do it too. Well all but the the selling a quilt for $10,000. It's not that I don't love LQS fabrics, I DO. It all really boils down to I'm thrifty and like to Quilt Out of the Comfort Zone. Any fabric can be quilted if you use the right tools for THAT quilt.
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~ Lea Anne ~
Today's freebie from Rose Johnston @ Threadbare