Back to Quilting

Transparency Quilt

Transparency Quilt

I started this quilt for my great-nephew weeks and weeks ago.  But, of course, life gets in the way.  Thankfully, he won’t arrive until sometime early November.  But this week, I got it pin-basted and quilted.  I am really liking the look of this quilt as it is very simple, yet sophisticated.

The baby’s room is grey, and the parents are not really into “baby-cutesy”, so I think this will work.

The quilting is very simple , with an overall pattern of horizontal stippling.  While I really love some of the very intensive, complicated quilting that is really popular these days, I also think there’s a time and a place for simplicity….and this quilt needed simplicity.

Getting started with machine quilting.

Getting started with machine quilting.

Have to say, I love Machingers for machine quilting.  I’ll never go back to any other type of gloves for control and gripping.  They also keep my hands very cool, which can be a big deal.  No one wants to work up a sweat while machine quilting.

Bernina Stitch RegulatorAlso big on my list is the Bernina Stitch Regulator.  Whatever your quilting skill level, this adds an ease that I have just come to appreciate.  I can go at any speed and have the stitches be consistent every time.  Now, I have done enough machine quilting that I don’t necessarily need the stitch regulator, but I have found that it makes the job so much easier on me.  My shoulders don’t hunch quite as much. And I go way faster because the size of the stitch is not a struggle.

Quilting is finished. Pattern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr from their new book, "Transparency Quilts".

Quilting is finished.  Pattern by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr from their new book, “Transparency Quilts”.

Finally, I used a bias binding, as I want this quilt for my great-nephew to last a long time.  Bias binding has more fibers running along the edge of the quilt, so it will handle more washings, more rubbing, more overall use.  I always stitch the back of the binding by hand. I’m not one to use the machine for this final touch.  I’m not even sure why, except that I love the feel of hand-binding, I love the look, and I think it adds a touch of hand-sewn love to every quilt.



All that’s left at this point is a quilt label for my great-nephew.

Well that’s a lot of black and white for one blog post, even though I am a big fan of black and white.

So here’s a finished pic of the fall placemats.  They are colorful, completed and set up on the table.

Happy Stitching!

Happy Stitching!





2 thoughts on “Back to Quilting

  1. I love the way this turned out, it is very calming and your quilting is beautiful on it. I’m suddenly interested in transparencies, thinking of a king size one, and have enjoyed following your posts.

    • thank you so much! Transparency quilts are very’s as though they have a surprise for you when they’re done, and you’re able to stand back and look at them.

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