One of the first decisions to make is what threads to use. I personally like to use 50w cotton thread most of the time and more often than not reach for my trusty Aurifil thread stash. For this project I chose to quilt my top using thread colors that would match the different sections. Using a matching thread color can hide almost all of your quilting blunders. I chose Aurifil 2135 yellow for the flower, 4026 green for the leaves, 2692 black for the ground and boarder and 2309 cream for my background. I also stitched in the ditches of my seams before I started free motion quilting using Sulky Invisible.
Let's talk about the flower and the leaves first. I wanted my quilting to be somewhat simple so I chose to do continuous curves in all of the squares. Continuous curves can be a bit tricky at first, but once you get a rhythm of how to move around the squares, it's really quite simple. Below is a numbered diagram showing the order in which I quilted my curves. From start to finish it took 140 curves to quilt the flower. When I quilted mine I did not mark them but eyed it. Even in my diagram below the curves are not perfect, but you can tell it does not take away from the overall design. Fear not and quilt forth.
The leaves can be quilted with 111 curves.
For the ground area, I chose to do pebbling. The easiest movement for tackling this design is to make your pebbles in a figure 8 movement.
For the borders and the background quilting I added some straight lines. In the background I marked diagonal lines. I started by marking a line that went from the upper left corner to the bottom right and then spaced my lines every 2." I chose to quilt these lines using my walking foot. I marked straight lines every 2" apart in the border. When I stitched the border piano keys, I used my free motion foot. This allowed me to stitch a line up and then travel in the ditch to stitch the next line down. Since the lines were marked and not very long in length, I felt I could keep them pretty straight without the use of the walking foot.
And this is my wall hanging all finished
If you decide to make this little wall hanging I hope that you will email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to see your version and how you decide to quilt it. Thanks for stopping by!
And a big thanks to Freemotion by the River for featuring my last weeks piecing tutorial on her linky party!
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