This obsession with heavy machine quilting started back in 1989 when I was a member of a local quilting guild. I was a member of a friendship group within the guild. Each member of the friendship group picked a quilt pattern and then everyone would make each other their blocks .
I did not make many friends in this friendship group because: 1) I selected an applique design, 2) the members didn't want to applique and the final nail in the coffin - 3) I was going to machine quilt my blocks. Machine quilting was considered taboo in the '80's! When I received my blocks to make my quilt, they were not all uniform because the members had varying skill with the needle.
To make sure the blocks would survive my household and not come apart, I decided to meander the entire top (including the applique) in a clear nylon thread*. Viola, 23 years later, my Oak Leaf Cluster quilt is still in use.
|Some of the fabrics have faded more aggressively than others. I don't believe 1980's fabrics will be remembered for their consistency in quality!|
|Some feathers quilted in the open areas.|
|This is a wallhanging I sold on Etsy. Lots of quilting on this little gem.|
|A quilt I sold on Etsy in which the background is quilted in a colorful variegated thread in a circular design.|
It is vintage. It has some stains. There are some puckers - okay, there are a few puckers, but oh, it is sweet and the fabrics are fun! As soon as I got it, I had it down on the floor pinning it to the backing and batting. I even went out and had to purchase 300 more pins!
|I think these stains are minor and will wash out!|
|Aren't the fabrics sweet!|
Last night I put it to the machine and the quilting pattern picked itself. I think when I was pinning and admiring the circle and polka dot prints my mind said to quilt circles!
|My circles aren't perfect, but when I wash the quilt and the batting puffs, no one will notice!|
|A peek at the back. I used Moda American Jane and a strip of Kaffe Fassett shot cotton. :)|
*About the nylon thread - I have never had a problem quilting with nylon thread. I have never had it cause damage to my sewing machine (Bernina 930 and 1230). Over the years with all the use and washing, the thread has never broken, split or caused damage to any of the cotton fabrics. While I quilt all my quilts now with 100 percent cotton thread, I found it was a staple for my early quilting projects in the 1980's and early 90's.