Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Continuous Curve Quilting

I've been quilting my quilt with the blocks made by the girls in the Redbird Bee. I find deciding on a quilting design for pieced blocks quite difficult. Continuous Curved Quilting is really a great technique, especially when you can quilt the whole block without stopping and starting again.

It takes some study and thinking. A bit of venturing off from the direction you might presume at first. I thought I'd share with you the path that made the quilting one continuous line for this block. 


You can see here where I started, traveled to the center square and completed that...


 The pink lines represent where I continued around 3 sides of the squares and 2 sides of the triangles, ending up where I started...


Following a chalk line I drew from corner to corner on each outer square, I quilted continuous curves on either side of the lines. I wanted to end up back to the corner I entered. The dashed lines represent the last 2 quilting lines in the square...


I then quilted the 4th side of the inner square which brought me to the next outer square and continued around the block in the same manner...


I think it creates a nice design that really highlights the piecing. My thread choice is Aurifil 50, a nice fine thread that doesn't make a big impact on your fabric. I switched between using gray blue and soft orange for thread colors, depending on the color of the block.


I'm on to stitching the binding down and can't wait to show you the finished quilt. Those Redbird girls are awesome!   . . . Cindy


9 comments:

  1. SO beautiful! What a special little touch -- and thank you for the inside look!

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  2. I like (and need to do myself) that you do not go directly into the corners with your stitching. It allows the continuous line petals to float in the block. Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. What a brilliant way to tackle he pieced blocks!
    I have pinned it for future reference, thank you so so much :)

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  4. Thanks so much for showing us how you did this! It looks great and I will keep it for reference for the future.

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  5. I love this block, and your quilting is awesome!

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  6. Thank you so much for the diagrams. That is so helpful. Hope you are having a great day.

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  7. What can I say! The word of the day for me is gorgeous - so Gorgeous Quilting for a Gorgeous Quilt! Great diagrams for the quilting as well. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  8. Congratulations on Aurifil showing your quilt on facebook. Love the quilt and your instructions. Linda Ross

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  9. What a nice result.

    The continuous quilting looks good on the patchwork block, and your comment about the fine 50 weight Aurifil keeping the stitching subtle is so true.

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!