I finished this quilt about a year ago, and it is a favorite of mine. I was not blogging at the time, and decided I really wanted to add this to my blog…
It is from the Laundry Basket Quilt book, Hop to It. I have really become a fan of Edyta Sitar, the designer behind Laundry Basket Quilts. When I was stitching the applique on this quilt, I used lots of different decorative stitches from my sewing machine. I often changed the stitch width and length of a stitch to get a new look. I used the stitches to give texture to the applique pieces.
When I quilted the quilt, I stitched in the ditch around all applique pieces and then filled the backgrounds in with a different fill in each block.
In the outer border I quilted piano keys (parallel lines the resemble the keys of a piano). In the next border I used a technique I learned in a class from Karen McTavish that is called McTavishing. I love the texture this technique gives.
In the diamonds I quilted a design referred to as line dancing. It is so fun to stitch!
Until next time, take care my quilting friends….