In the past week I’ve turned my attention to the Swap Quilt. How to quilt it??? I finally settled on “Hedgerow” from Quiltmaker’s Quilting Motifs, Volume 1, with detail added in the center.
Still, I wasn’t completely certain this was the way to go, so I reached for the scrap bin and made up a few extra blocks to test the quilting pattern on. Since I had the blocks, I decided the test might as well be something useful as well and it turned into a table runner. I think I’ll donate it to a school fundraiser coming up.
Here’s a better look at the quilting on the block.
I’m happy with it overall, though how much I like it depends on what kind of lighting there is. I’m also wondering if I should enlarge the pattern just a wee bit to fill the block just a bit more.
I quilted an ivy leaf vine in the border.
I’m happier with the ivy than I am with the hedgerow, but it really wouldn’t look good in the block :) On the plus side, looking at how this border works with what I did in the blocks I think a cluster of maple leaves in each setting triangle in the swap quit might work well.
Now, what shall I do in the sashing? I had thought to just quilt in the ditch, but the sashing in the runner looked bare when I did that and needed an extra little something. I need to keep thinking on that one.
In the meantime, I need to figure out how I am going to baste the quilt. My table is too small and all my floors are carpeted. I’ve paid to have a longarm quilter baste large quilts for me in the past, but she gets more expensive every time and the last time I had a tough time getting the tiny locking stitches that sewed down the centre of the quilt! This time I’ll figure something out by myself.