Thursday, June 3, 2010

Liberated Snowballs

I ordered a few charm square packs from Hancock's a while back, and the other day I whipped up a doll's quilt out of the Kona Primary Colour squares. I used the "liberated" style of piecing described by Gwen Marston in her book Liberated Quiltmaking. I love this style and I think it really suits the solids.

I've machine quilted in the ditch, and for the first time ever, I am going to try some hand quilting! 

This is my first attempt.  I have used Perle cotton, size 8 and done some large stitching.  But I don't like it.  I think I am going to need to draw the quilting lines on the fabric first, so the stitches stay parallel to the seams.  Also, I'm not sure I like this quilting pattern.  I think maybe some straight line quilting might look better with the liberated piecing.  Gwen Marston uses a combination of straight line quilting and liberated quilting in her work, and I think I like the straight line quilting better. 

Any suggestions?  I was thinking of maybe just using a diagonal lattice pattern.

Look at this box of goodies!

 I ordered these Perle cotton (size 8) from ThreadArt over the internet.  They were VERY reasonably priced.  I think with postage from America, it cost about AU$40.  I can't wait to try them all!


Melissa said...

Hmm, I reckon your handquilting without ruled lines could look good. There are so many strong, straight lines in the way the quilt is pieced, some "less straight" hand quilting might soften it. I reckon it would look good completed.

Melanie said...

I think the quilting you did looks beautiful. I used a little 1/2" wide ruler with a 1/4 line (from the quilting notions section) to mark my quilting lines. I find the biggest challenge with hand quilting is keeping my line straight enough. Marking the lines with the ruler was a huge help for me.

I'm going to have to check out ThreadArt. I need 37 colors of Perle cotton, but I don't want to spend more on the thread than I did on the fabric for the quilt. Thank you for the info!

Kathleen said...

Looks amazing Sarah! Love all the pearle cottons - they'll look wonderful I'm sure.