Yesterday I wrote about starting the quilting on “Star Explosion” and I left you wondering if I was CRAZY enough to quilt 1/4-inch lines in the center background.
You all knew it…..the answer was YES!!!!!
Once the outside background was finished, I had to decide on the internal quilting. I knew that I wanted to stitch it “to death” so that the star would pop out more which meant 1/4-inch lines!!!
My biggest concern was which way the lines should run. I finally decided to draw “imaginary” lines at the four corners and the change direction in each quadrant.
As I quilted, I found that I needed a registration line to help me out…..
Once I had quilted along that line, I could easily use the ruler and the foot edge……
…..to quilt the next line……
For more information on this process of quilting 1/4-inch lines, check out this blog post…..
I made a choice to NOT bury as many threads, but instead to travel between the lines. I figured since the travel portion was only 1/4-inch, it would not show as much!!
Interestingly, I found it harder to quilt the lines that were parallel as opposed to the ones that were running from point to point. Consequently, I drew a LOT more registration lines!!
I was thrilled to quilt the VERY last line and, after binding it, took it to the washing machine to get all of those blue lines out!!
When I laid it out to dry, my eye immediately went to this block…..
Now HOW did I miss that!!!!
It was quickly fixed……
I did play a bit of “thread-chicken” and was pleased to see a few yards left…..
By the way, I used two of these 225 yard spools, which means that there is over 450 yards of quilting in the background alone!!
I love the finished quilt…..
….and honestly enjoyed every step in its making.
I have trouble believing that I designed it from scratch!!!
It is now entered in the Modern Quilt Guild “Ruby & Bee” challenge……keep your fingers crossed for me!!!
4 thoughts on “1/4-inch mania”
Frances. I love your finished quilt. Tell me about the modern quilt guild you are using this quilt in athens? Is it in athens and does it meet during day?
Thanks Jodie. I am just an individual in the national Modern Quilt Guild. There are no meetings but they send out weekly newsletters that often have patterns and other good information. The website is… https://www.themodernquiltguild.com/
Wonderful quilting, beautiful quilt, Frances!
Thanks Adrea. I was amazed at how easy it was to do!!!