Friday, February 7, 2014

Quilting over snippets

I started the free motion quilting on Tree #4 today.  When I quilted Tree #3, it was the first time I had tried the snippet technique, and I had a lot of trouble with the pieces falling off while I was trying to quilt it.  Not fun!  So this time I really loaded it up with glue first.  I think it is helping.  The presser foot has caught a few edges and lifted them slightly, but no pieces are off of the quilt yet!

I gave a lot of thought to which quilting design to use.  On Tree #3 I did spirals, mostly because that's what Susan Carlson does in her Serendipity Quilts book. I thought the spirals were too challenging, between the snippets falling off and the difficulty of seeing what you are doing, giving the mish-mash of many prints.  And then, when you are done, the design hardly shows!  The snippets themselves are so busy. See what I mean?

So for these reasons I'm trying a variation of stippling that I think looks like bark for the tree. I haven't made up my mind about the background yet.
Here's a closeup:
Machine quilting stippling
Another benefit of this design is that it goes so quickly!  I'm linking up to Off the Wall Fridays and the Free Motion Quilting Project.



  1. Thank you for showing us the close up pictures! I now understand the technique,
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  2. The stippling looks nice. You learn from each project you make. Great job!

  3. I love this technique! And the stippling works well.

  4. I think the quilting design does have a bark-like look. Having the quilting go faster is nice, too.

  5. Didn't work on any of my current projects today--started a new one. It's from a pattern, but it is one I bought in Columbus and have wanted to do. It's a February wallhanging. I got the background pieced--all from the stash! It is great to spend a snowy day quilting.

  6. I enjoy seeing your techniques. This looks beautiful.
    best, nadia

  7. Is it hard to quilt through all the glue? Does your needle get gunky?

    1. Actually, that's not a problem at all. I put the glue on in a thin layer, not really chunky. The only difficulty with the quilting is how the presser foot catches the edges of the snippets.

  8. That looks awesome! What a cool technique!

  9. wow loving your work, im stopping by via grow your blog a little late i know but only just found it, cant wit to see more of your work ,jannette