September 2, 2015

Quilt 29: Green and Purple jelly roll - DONE!

Now that quilt 29 was ready for the longarm, I had to figure out what pattern to use for the stitching. I opted for this one:
"Blustery Breeze"

If you look closely, you'll see that all that pattern in the board is a single line. COMPLEX!

On the longarm, there's two stitch modes. One is called "precision". With that one, the needle moves only when you move the machine - and it keeps pace with you. If you go faster, it goes faster.  The other mode is "cruise". Cruise is much like precision - moving faster as you go faster - but with that one, when you stop moving the machine, the needle continues to go up and down, although very slowly. What I learned (from watching videos about the groovy board) is that you want cruise mode when you are doing a design which has points and corners. You drive along the curves until you come to a point, then you stop and let the needed go up and down a couple of times before moving on. Doing that gives a crisp point. With "precision" mode, you're points and corners will come out blurry about half the time.
A closeup of the stitching on the top.
I opted to use silver-grey thread on this one - and am happy with that choice. You can see the stitches, but they don't scream at you, they don't overwhelm my lovely chevrons.
I usually use a contrasting fabric for binding, but on this one didn't want that fine edge. Instead I used the same fabric as the borders. And bright, juicy purple for the backing - a bold choice, but I'm very pleased with the results.

And here's the finished quilt:

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