Quilt It Challenge – February

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What happened to February?

I can’t believe that it is March and I need to start thinking about my next quilting challenge pattern.

I started this months blocks by quilting the center with a technique that gives the impression of overlapping circle, though you are not making a full circle to fill in the space.

I started by marking a grid with a Frixon pen that disappears when you iron it.

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.I then quilted an arc from intersection to intersection across the grid. Once you remove the grids lines, you get the look of overlapping circles.

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I started quilting different designs in the next section of green:

DSCN3603 (1024x768)_wm I didn’t like what it looked like so I removed all the stitching and did this:

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I just made loops, filling them with 2 different elements. I like the loops within the loop the best.

I quilted a different pattern option in each cream triangle section, though it wasn’t intentional. It became a “design” element when I made a mistake.

In the first section, I alternated the circle lines from one triangle section to the other, leaving a space empty.

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When I was quilting the second section, I inadvertently started circles in the wrong area. I used that an opportunity to give “shadowing” a try by micro-stippling. This is a technique that Cindy Needham taught in her “Design It! Quilt It!” class over at Craftsy.

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I think the space I was working in was too small and I wasn’t so sure I liked the impact as well. Since I wasn’t crazy about it, instead of adding the same effect to the previous section, I used it as an opportunity to try something different in the third section.

Instead of alternating my rows of circles, I made one long row across the band. And I used straight lines instead of micro-stippling. It was a great way to practice straight lines with out marking and it really helped the lines of circles stand out.

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For the fourth section, I chose to run the circles around the edges of the triangles:

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I like the 3rd and 4th option the best.

To finish off the border, I wanted to try free hand larger circles:

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Here is the size of the circles in the middle to compare:

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Here is a picture of the back:
DSCN3771 (1024x987)_wmHere is a I close-up:

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I love the texture that is created.

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Now to start thinking about how I plan to quilt the block for March.

What skills did you build in February?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • Kati R.

    OMG your quilting looks stunning! I love the loop in a loop design also! I can’t believe how great a simple block could look. You’re truly inspiring!

  • Valerie

    You really have been working on your skills! Love this, Jackie! Now I see what you were ripping. Gives me ideas.

  • Sandi Colwell

    That is really beautiful! You have great skills! I love all the different techniques you used.

  • wait – I like the green triangle lines you took out. hmmm….maybe try it in a larger space? Awesome work!