The white thread in the 4th of July red work quilt shows up better on the back of the quilt. Notice the density of the stitching. By adding a few wind swirls in the sky, it differentiates this area from the sidewalk. The sidewalk is more densely quilted. The grass area is a different density too. The grass blades and filled in not in rows, but meandered horizontal helps differentiate the bottom area.
The Pick of the patch quilt has a loopy background which is whimsical. The stars of this quilt are the pumpkins. The soft, brushed cotton background is filled with the curly pumpkin vines. The pumpkins are not quilted through to the back. The quilted background recedes and makes the pumpkins more three dimensional. I added curves around the saw tooth border to keep the entire picture soft. Notice how the curves will be complete even after the binding strip is added.
The key to free motion quilting is to be free of stress. This comes with a quilting plan. When you quilt your next quilt think about the feeling you want to get from looking at the quilt. What element is the star? Sometimes the star is the quilting. Sometimes the quilting fills in the background to allow the red work or applique to be the star.
I ended the week with a group project at the Holliston Senior Center. Each quilter made 3, half square triangle blocks for each participant. Some of the scrappy results are shown below:
What a great week!