March 23, 2016

Stitching Path

When I posted about my Denim Log Cabin placemats I had 8 tops pieced, but only two of them were quilted and bound. I finally got the rest of them quilted, and last weekend I finished binding them. This stack of placemats makes me so happy!
I quilted them using the swirl hook design, which I learned from Angela Walters' video tutorial. For the first few placemats, I quilted it randomly, but then as I went along I realized that I could quilt it in a spiral so I did that for two. I couldn't believe the difference in the look of the finished quilting!

Here is one quilted randomly...
 ...and one quilted in a spiral.
See how when I quilted in a spiral the motifs end up looking like they're in rows? I also find they ended up more uniform in size and all facing the same direction.

Personally, I like the random look better, but quilting in a spiral was certainly easier. When quilting random I had more of a tendency to quilt myself into predicaments, mostly because I left spaces between the motifs that were either awkward to get into or that I couldn't get into at all. Following a spiral path eliminated those problems because I was just building on the last row quilted.

Have you ever tried quilting the same design in different paths? Did you find it made a difference in the look of the finished quilting?


I'll be linking up with Let's Bee Social, NTT, TGIFF, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finish it up Friday.

16 comments:

  1. This is an interesting post Leanne. No I haven't tried this but I might now.

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  2. Very nice Leanne. I haven't tried doing that, it's an interesting observation, I'll have to give it a go sometime.

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  3. I have definitely gotten myself quilted in to tight spots before. I tend to purposefully change up the path I use when quilting multiple items like placemats just to keep my mind fully engaged. The spiral version is really intriguing and seems worth a try!

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  4. It is fun seeing it quilted in different ways. What a difference your quilting path can make. I usually go for random, but the spiral looks fun.

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  5. These are beautiful. Great job on the quilting. I often quilt myself into tight spots. Need to work on improving that.

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  6. Lovely placemats, and the quilting works well.
    Linking up via My Quilt Infatuation.
    Smiles from
    Kate

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  8. Just got your link via @amyscreativeside on #igquiltfest and read this post. I am a novice quilter. Started working on my second full sized quilt just today. Actually warmed up doing a variation of spirals. It was fun and had am interesting look Sheff finished. I really like these placemats. I might be inspired now to try making my own! Thank you for this post.

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    1. I'm so glad you found this post, Jerri! Spirals are so much fun to quilt. Have fun with your quilting!

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  9. I love the quilting. Nice job.

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  10. Oh I like how you tried different methods of quilting this pattern! I've definitely quilted myself into a corner before, so I can understand how the spiral path would be helpful to avoid that!

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  11. Congratulations on finishing all these pretty placemats, Leanne! I prefer the look of the random quilting, too. But both are beautiful. It's fun to experiment and I'm all for doing whatever is easier, for sure!

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  12. Wonderful idea for using up denim! With a piece this size, it is perfect for practicing FMQ! Which I desperately need to do, I am a walking foot devotee, just because my FMQ skills leave a lot to be desired.

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  13. I love these! They are so great! I have to make some too! I'll add that to my list. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Using denim is such a good idea. I made denim coasters for my daughter a few years ago, they get used daily, and they still look like new. Newfoundland? I hail from Cape Breton! Hi, neighbor!

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