I finished sewing the binding on the Canada Quilt last night. Today wasn’t a good day for pictures so I don’t have pictures of the finished piece to share yet.
So now what? I am making progress on the string star quilt. I started quilting the straight lines earlier this week. Today I decided to take a deep breath and add some free-motion quilting to the large white spaces.
I usually don’t make quilts with this much blank space to quilt. Using my walking foot for straight lines to emphasize and frame the path of the stars was easy for me to plan. I am good friends with straight lines! I thought more straight lines in all that white space might be a bit too much to look at though.
If the white space had been in the center of the quilt I might have hesitated even more to try the free-motion swirls. I find I can’t complete FMQ curves properly when I have great large swaths of fabric scrunched up in the machine’s throat space. As I swoop towards that side of the curve my hand bumps up against the wad of quilt and can’t keep going far enough. In this case however, the blank spaces are all at the edge of the quilt so I can position it so there isn’t much of it in the way.
There is still a fair bit of white to fill. I think I will add swaths of large pebbles as well as more swirls, and maybe a few straight lines too.
This quilt was meant as a quick gift but I have to tell you I am really, really going to have trouble giving it away! It has a specific purpose though, so it will be leaving once it is finished.