Monday, March 4, 2013
Seeking Input on My Circle Quilt
In addition to starting new projects recently I have really been wanting to finish up some old ones. I can't remember when I pieced this quilt top. I know it was 2007 or 2008 because I was living in Portland, Maine. I took a class at Sew Portland to make this quilt top that I think they called Freddy Circles. I was just given paper templates I think but I thought the pattern was in a Freddy Moran book. The fabric is not quilting cotton but a textured cotton by Joelle Hoverson. I forget the name of it and it is long gone. I have enough in another color for the binding. I have a similar feeling old tablecloth from Crate and Barrel that I thought I would use for the backing. The tablecloth is so heavy I thought I would not bother to use batting. Is that a bad idea?
I really want to baste it this month and quilt it. I really have been wanting to get better at machine quilting. I am slightly afraid of messing this up since the quilting will be very noticeable I think. That is my other question. What color thread should I use? I was thinking variegated. And my last question is how should I quilt it? I was thinking of doing concentric squares over the circles but then there would be an overlap. I was told once that curvy quilts should be quilted with straight lines and straight lined quilts should have curvy quilt lines. I am not really a rule follower but that seems like good advice for this quilt.
I do have to comment on how modern this quilt is. I love modern quilts but I don't know if they are really my style since I love girly flowery soft looking quilts too. And I don't know if they go in my home. But again I love them. I love so many different styles I really struggle at having my own. I feel all over the place sometimes. I read a great post earlier this week from Rachel at Stitched in Color on defining your style. I haven't tried the exercises she suggested yet but I really want to. Maybe I will today. I will let you know how it goes.
I am going to link up to Plum and June for the first time. And Freshly Pieced: WIP Wednesday