April 12, 2018

Wood Grain Quilting

A few days ago, I had my April Island Batik challenge quilt pieced, but I couldn't decide what to quilt it with. I considered wood grain quilting, which I've admired for a long time, but for some reason I thought it was a complicated design to stitch. Unsure what to do, I posted on Instagram, asking for suggestions.

Wouldn't you know it, wood grain was the very first suggestion!

I found this great tutorial by Angela Walters, which also shows three common mistakes people make when quilting wood grain (and how to fix them without ripping anything out) and that's when I realized how simple this design actually is. I'll just add this to the many (many!) things I would love to personally thank Angela for someday 😊

Here's a shot of my first few rows of wood grain quilting.
Wood grain quilting | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
One of the best things about this design is that it doesn't need to look perfect. The organic look of the lines just makes it look more natural. As long as I don't forget where I'm going, lol, little variations will just blend right in 😊

And here's how they look on the back of the quilt. I really love the orange thread (Aurifil 2210)  on the green backing fabric. It's not a big contrast, but it's different enough that it shows and that seems perfect for this quilt. The first of these two pictures shows the colour of the backing fabric most accurately.
Wood grain quilting | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Wood grain quilting | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Have you tried any new quilting designs lately?

Thank you to Island Batik for giving me the fabrics for the front of this quilt as part of their ambassador program!

5 comments:

  1. Your quilting looks good, and I agree that the orange thread on the green is fun!

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  2. Your quilting looks great! I have watched that same video and practiced the design, but have yet to use it on a project. Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.

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  3. Wood grain quilting can be a lot of fun when you realize that nature isn’t “perfect”. Way to jump in and go for it, and I look forward to seeing more!

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  4. Well done!! I always thought this was a difficult motif too, so have never tried it.

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  5. Saw this on IG but how much better on my laptop Leanne! It's looking amazing! I did woodgrain first as one of Leah Day's 400+ FMQ designs and yes, it looks more complicated than it really is, as so many of the FMQ designs are, right? And also what Yvonne said ;-)

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