Yesterday I posted about the making of this quilt top……
Now I had to figure out how to quilt it…..
I figured that I wanted to having the quilting represent wind, but wasn’t sure enough about it to just sit down and start quilting. Then, I started thinking about some of the ideas that I tell my students and decided to actually use one of them myself….shocking!!!!
I took a photo of the top and made several photocopies of it and started doodling to see what I would like. Here are several of my first tries…..
Well, I wasn’t happy with any of these and couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so I put it aside for a couple of days.
When I picked it up again, I immediately knew what was wrong…..wind would be blowing all in the same direction…..it wouldn’t go all over the place!!!! Once I realized that, it was a simple matter to design the quilting.
I decided to face the quilt rather than bind it. If you are interested in learning an easy way to face a quilt, check out this website. The only thing that I would change would be to make the facing a little bit narrower, especially for a small quilt like this one.
After I had completely finished the quilt, I remembered that I had thought of putting a swishy bead border at the bottom of the quilt. If I get REALLY energetic, I may take off the facing and add the beads, but dont hold your breath!!
In the long run, this is not only a good addition to the “Blue” challenge, but a fun reminder of our time in Kunming, China.