I’ve been wanting to give Graffiti Quilting a try so I prepped a small quilt on Saturday and got to it. I used white thread and went through 5 bobbins on this 27” square quilt!
Graffiti quilting is described as “compounding complex designs and colors for a stunning finished look.” I didn’t use multiple colors, but maybe one of these times I will.
This first corner has a few different things going on; swirls, some viney things and crazy eights. The stitch length is actually not as consistent as I’d like, but with more practice, I think it’ll improve.
In the pic below there are pebbles, swirls (they’re easy and versatile), some boxes and the meandering flower.
I attempted some McTavishing too. I think with practice, this could become a design I’d really enjoy quilting. There are many tutorials online to see how to do it. I watched the Leah Day tutorial more than once.
Below is a paisley feather and some triangles.
This fall marks 20 years of quilt making for me. In the beginning I only quilted in the ditch. It seemed like the easiest, most efficient way to get things done. The actual “quilting” was not as important to me as the piecing. I saw it as a way to just keep the layers together, which it is, but decorative stitching just didn’t interest me. Now I can’t get enough!
I tried stippling, which made me crazy with the “not crossing over the lines!” So I changed it and made lots and lots of cursive L’s for years. This was a short step to swirls, which is a favorite still. I worked on writing words with thread, like baby’s names on quilts. So much fun. Next I tried outlining the designs on the fabric. Flowers, vines, animals, etc. Sometimes it was easier than others.
Free motion quilting has become a huge part of the joy of quilt making for me. It’s an added personal touch. It’s not as hard as I thought, way back when…. I seldom stitch in the ditch anymore. Organic lines are more my thing. FMQ is just plain fun. It can be open and fresh, it can be tight and planned. It brings life to an awesome quilt.
The quilting on this table topper is very VERY dense. I wouldn’t do it on a bed quilt, it’d be so stiff and not drapey at all. But I plan to keep practicing on smaller things like this. It really is lots of fun.
Have a good week, friends.