National Quilting Day 2011

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Hot colors quiltToday was National Quilting Day and I actually got to quilt almost the whole day! No important quilts, but it was fun just the same. I love playing with fabric and feeling it under my hands.

I decided to free-motion quilt the hot colors pyramid quilt top that I made last December. I used some YLI gold kaleidocope thread that I’ve had sitting in my drawer for at least ten years and I quilted simple spirals and leaves and flower-ish shapes. It added a nice little glitz to the quilt top without being overwhelming. I got through about half of the quilting before the thread broke. After that it kept breaking every five or ten minutes. I never could figure out why.

Analogous wedges The second quilt top I got out was the autumn color wedges. After the problems with the metallic thread, I decided to do myself a favor and use an easier thread. This time I grabbed a Superior variegated King Tut 100% cotton thread. I put on my even feed foot and just did a simple straight stitch 1/4″ away from the seam. Okay, they’re not really seams because this 24″ square quilt is just fused. I did it as a color study, so I just did it the quickest, easiest way I knew how.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable quilting day! I’d like several more of those, please, and I don’t want to wait until next year to have another all-day quilting day.