A local quilter, Christa
developed a pattern for a chevron quilt that my local group
make (with Christa's permission, of course). The original
called for 5" squares to start with, but I decided to make mine
miniature, so my blocks finished at 1.5", and I changed the
this herringbone design instead of the chevrons.
I did all of the free-motion quilting
straight lines to accent the design and to practice straight
they're not easy to do in free motion, as you can see in the
shot below. The border has a Greek key design, also in
then I added my favorite piping before the binding, using four
fabrics used in the quilt top. I finished this in just a couple
weeks in April, 2014.
In May, 2014, I was lucky enough to be able to take a quilting
onboard the Oasis of the Seas. Each of the at-sea days was spent
class, and one of the classes was a Twister class taught by
Bergren. Instead of making the quilt she'd proposed for the
though, I chose to do another that had caught my eye. This one
designed by Marilyn Foreman. Her version was to be made in any
from baby quilt on up to queen-sized. However, I decided to make
miniature -- the first mini I've made without paper piecing. My
finished quilt measures 22" x 18.5" and is entirely machine
machine quilted, and I finished it in June, 2014.
I used feathers to quilt the blue and aqua motifs, but then I
experimented with curved cross-hatching (another first) for the
After happening across a page showing knitted projects that
illustrated math concepts and seeing that one of the knits
looked like it could easily be made into a quilt using
half-square triangles, I drafted the idea into EQ7 to get
the effect of pointed spirals around a central "post".
I used free-motion quilting to create softly curved horizontal
lines in the white to make it recede into the background. I left
the red unquilted so it would pop out a bit, and I used ruler
work to echo a few times inside the almost-black shapes to give
them a bit more motion. As a contrast to all of the
straight — or almost-straight — lines in the central quilt, I
did curves, with more ruler work, in the borders and then added
pearls and small groups of feathers. The texture shows up well
on the back of the quilt. I made this with 1" finished squares
for the top. The quilt measures about 12.5" x 15.5" and was
finished in November, 2016.