I quilted my improv quilt using the free motion quilting method on my domestic Janome sewing machine. The quirkiness of this improv quilt leant itself very well to using many varying fmq designs.
Because it is difficult to capture the fmq that I've done across the quilt, I have taken some close ups to show. Simply click on any of the photo's to take a closer look....
If you missed earlier posts (here, here, here, here, and here), this quilt is created using the beautiful Oakshott cottons impressions range, with a couple of Keiko Goke fabrics and some black and white text thrown in. The sashings are a white with a lovely grey dot.
I take this quilt to my Free Motion Quilting classes at Treehouse Textiles (next class in August) to give an example of how you can use many different fm quilting styles across the one quilt.
I would suggest to only quilt this heavily on a quilt you will be hanging on a wall, rather than sitting or snuggling up under. The heavy quilting does make the quilt rather stiff!!!
It's a lot of fun to let your imagination go and 'colour in' the different blocks with thread. The thread I used here was a variegated Signature thread. It stitched up beautifully.
I used a white Rasant thread in organic straight lines over all the white sashing strips.
For the back of the quilt I used an older classic Kaffe Fassett fabric, with a row of leftover fabrics from the front...
Overall I am thrilled with how my improv quilt turned out. I will definitely be creating another quilt using the improv method in the future.
Over the next few weeks I am going to pick a couple of my favourite fmq designs that I have used on this quilt and show a step by step process of how to quilt them, stay tuned!! xo