by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter

Machine Quilting

October 8th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized

Have you taken any Craftsy classes yet? I just wanted to tell you about Angela Walters’ Quilting Negative Space class, because I LOOOOOVE it! She has great advice about sketching and practicing AND she is mezmerizing to watch quilting AND her designs are so fun and simple to do, but look stunning on a quilt! I know you’ve seen these designs before… they are not all new and only her designs, but the way she puts them all together and fits them into spaces is just amazing!

Since watching the show I had two quilt tops ready or almost ready to quilt, so I used them as practice to use what I learned in class.

Here are some of the highlights…

Pebble quilting (in different sizes)

Stacked paisely loops around the star AND a figure 8 or “ribbon candy” small border

Flower power (this is one I’ve been doing for a while now)

Then on the bottom of that, I did bigger pebbles. See the double rolling lines in the middle? That’s difficult to get smooth, but a nice break from one texture to the next.

I thought the bigger pebbles were more difficult to quilt than small ones, but definitely took less time than tiny ones and fit the scale of the rest of this piece better.

Wood grain quilting. I’ve practiced this a few times now and I’m getting better at it. It is definitely one of my favorites for ease of getting in the flow.

Now do you want to see the finished pieces?

Heart, from the pattern “I Heart You” by Vanessa Christensen of V & Co. Hung in the DMAQG quilt show (non-judged, very wrinkly entry – I swear it was pressed when I put it in the pillow case!) I think it looks a little pathetic in this photo, but believe me, it’s very pretty in person. I am very please with how it turned out! By the way, do you know if there are batting choices that will keep your quilts looking less wrinkly? I am really sick of the cotton batting holding those wrinkles so stubbornly!! I’m thinking I might even give polyester (gasp) a try if it would have a little bounce back.

And here is the other full quilt:

Sherbet Star, original design. Happily, it won a red ribbon at the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Show!

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2 Responses

  • avatar Linda H. says:

    Yay, Emma! Your quilting is wonderful! How interesting to know that an online class can give you enough skill-building and confidence to quilt like that. You’ve done a great job! The ribbon-winner is great, and definitely deserved the award. Way to go! Yes, don’t use that cheap batting from JoAnn’s that everyone else uses. Go for the good stuff. I’ve been using Quilter’s Dream poly, and Hobbs Tuscany Wool. They really make a difference in the visual depth of the quilt designs, and the way a quilt hangs. Your time is worth the extra cost of those battings.

  • avatar Angela Walters says:

    I am so very glad that you enjoyed Negative Spaces!! Your quilting looks fabulous!! I have great success with Quilter’s Dream Poly Batting!! Happy Quilting!!

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