Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Fabric Gal Finale!

**Note:  Previously Published 5/22/14, Post Edited 5/30/14**
 
I woke up last Thursday to this beautiful sight.....


....it was what was left from "The Night Before" (which of course means this popped in my head)......



I had been making my first attempts at quilting using my new ruler foot (that's the "Frame Set" in the picture, purchased from here)...


...and rulers (reviewed by Amy here and purchased from here)....


.....to do these straight line seams (well, relatively straight anyway).
 

Now it should be noted that when I "quilt whispered" this quilt I wanted to empahsize the diagonal progressions of the opposing sets of same color blocks.  But I didn't want to just stitch along the seams.  Then I realized that if I outlined the pairs of (same color) light squares by FMQing with the ruler and then created "shadow" squares on the background triangles, I would get the same impact but done a different way.

However, once I had done a few (well, a lot of them), I realized that because the squares I quilted connected,  I could have much more easily and faster achieved the same effect by straight line quilting with the walking foot between the seam lines.  Oh well, I still like how it looks and I got alot of practice using the ruler which was far easier to use than I expected. 

I added quilting in the borders using the curved ruler......



...and then bound it (in the same border fabric) and made a label area for another finish!


So now my bed can finally go from Winter........

....to Spring!

This also means I have a finished NewFO and Book It Project as well as another notch on the 2nd Quarter Finish A-Long list! 

http://catpatches.blogspot.com/p/newfo-challenge.html

http://vroomansquilts.blogspot.com/p/lets-book-it.htmlhttp://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/p/finish-along-2014.html
 
 
Edited 5/30/14 to Add:
 
I am also linking up with Amy at Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures for Week 4 of her Free Motion Monday posts on using Rulers. She also has more posts on different free motion techniques that you can check out by going here.


So you know I'm "Happy" (here's why)!

7 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely finish and looks wonderful on your bed.

Amy said...

I'm so glad you've been trying out ruler work! Looks great and I love your happy colors!

Dana Gaffney said...

Wow, that's beautiful, I love the colors you used. Happy Spring!

Joanna said...

That's a beautiful quilt. I love the shaded colors.

Patti said...

great job & beautiful colors & fabric!

Jasmine said...

I enjoy using rulers at my sit down machine. So nice to see how someone else has done it. :)

Valerie Reynolds said...

Viv what a great post to rejuvinate for this week's ruler theme. I love your idea of having seasonal quilts for the bed...I"m going to do that....and what a great excuse to make more quilts!! Thanks for inspiring me!