A semi-retired professional longarm machine quilter
I did find some photos of the pink wedding ring quilt in my camera. I forgot that I had taken these while the quilt was still on the machine. The pattern is called Metro Rings and is found at Sew Kind of Wonderful.
I had mentioned in an earlier post that I wanted to get back into piecing quilts again and I wanted to use more curves. Well, the Metro rings was a start on that goal. I did buy the plastic template ruler required to make the quilt but only used it for cutting out the fabric pieces. I found it too awkward for squaring up at each step. I used my regular square up ruler to do those steps.
On the border I did a square spiral type design. The stitching is not meant to be even or perfectly square, just square shape. The inside border got a football type design to go with the curves of the piecing area. The corner stones also got a square spiral design to carry it from the border.
You can see (in the picture above) where I had trouble squaring up the blocks with the Metro rings ruler. The points of the cornerstones don’t match up well. I did a better job when I switched to my own rulers. Better but still not perfect. I’ll have to work on that.
The modern quilt should have modern quilting don’t you think? So that’s what I did. A back and forth (pacing) line but switched directions for each piece of fabric. The ladies at Sew Kind of Wonderful do this type stitching on most of their quilts. This type stitching gives a lot of texture without being overwhelming to the top design. It’s called modern quilting but I remember this stitching design from the early days of machine quilting. We did this on utility quilts.
I did the same pacing lines in the corners and on the melon centers. I did these modern stitching designs on this one but the next one will have a more traditional look. I have a whole year to come up with a design and possibly enter it into MQX or MQS next year. Well, its a goal. Something to work toward. But, for now, there is a quilt on the machine I hope to get close to finished before the fair starts on Thursday. Umm…. Tuesday is mobile food bank day and Wednesday is grocery day so I may not get much quilting work done.
i rather like the squiggles. hmmmm. so this is the new “modern” quilting, I was wondering about that. I can see how you could get a quilt done quite quickly with that. Just might have to put it into operation. THANKS for the idea.
Yup, that’s what is called modern quilting. All the designs we did in the early days are now the NEW quilting designs. Kinda makes me feel old knowing The young people think it is something new. They never known or seen a lot of stuff that’s gathering dust in my brain cells. I sure hope I’ve kept a lot of my old machine quilting stuff. It might come in handy. Oh, and some young people might think I’m a genius for doing designs they’ve never seen before. 🙂