Monday, May 8, 2017

#MachineQuiltingBlogHop Week 2 - Choosing Colors

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Welcome to Week 2 of the Machine Quilting Blog Hop!

Choosing Colors for machine quilting with Angela Walters and Christa Watson

Today we are working on Chapter 2 of The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters and Christa Watson, Choosing Colors.

flame stitch violet Aurifil thread freemotion quilting

We're back to work on the quilt from last week's post. I chose to do the wood grain or flame stitch design in the star points. I thought it would give the star a little bit of movement and interest, but this stitch is much harder than I guessed. I have to say it's also not my favorite.

aurifil 2520 violet 50 weight large spool

One of the topics in this chapter is about choosing thread color. So far I've used a violet Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread for all of the areas. I love the purple and green together, but for the next section of pebbling in the background, I decided I should switch to a neutral.

pebbing freemotion quilting

While I was working on these pebbles, I was listening to Frances's latest podcast. Ironically, as I was just hitting the point of the pebbling where you start to wonder why you even started, Frances was talking about the pendulum swing away from really dense quilting in the modern movement. 

#machinequiltingbloghop pebbling flame stitch wood grain freemotion quilting

Last, I'm wondering about leaving some areas unquilted, and I'd love some feedback. Can I leave the purple star points and the corner triangles unquilted? Is that a design choice or am I just being lazy? What do you think?

#machinequiltingbloghop freemotion quilting blog hop

Please join us even if you don't have a blog. Use the hashtag #machinequiltingbloghop on your favorite social medial channel and get quilting. Remember, the only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice!

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