Shades of Violet: Mini Quilt #31

September 27, 2015

Where has September gone?  The first week of this month, the new longarm machine arrived, and it has been absorbing most of my attention.  Binding of anything has been pushed to the back burner while I do the fun quilting part of my projects.  I have at least seven quilts of various sizes waiting to be bound!  This mini, which I finally got completely finished 🙂 was a combination of computer guided designs and free motion fillers.Shades of Violet

The design of the quilt top is intentionally simple, so I could have some room to experiment with the quilting.  I knew that I wanted to switch up the colors of the quilting thread in order to imply a continuation of diagonal stripes across the quilt.Shades of Violet detail

The main designs are pre-programmed images that are sewn using the computer-guided function on the machine.  I then filled in around these graphics with a variety of free motion quilting designs.  The free motion is definitely the most fun quilting!  Shades of Violet back view

The computer guided option certainly has its advantages, but it can feel a bit disjointed with the rest of my quilting since the designs I used in this quilt were preprogrammed images.  Since the quilting of this mini, I have been drafting/implementing my own quilting designs using the computerized function, and I enjoy being able to apply my own style to consistently applied images.  Shades of Violet back detail

Quit Stats

Title:  Shades of Violet

Size:  18.5″ x 18.5″

Techniques:  Machine piecing

Quilting:  Machine longarm quilting on an A-1 machine using hand guided and computer guided designs

Fabric:  Quilting Cotton Solids (mostly Kona Cottons?  They were pulled from my stash, and not labeled- oops!)

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using InvisaFil by WonderFil; Quilted with Connecting threads cotton Essentials 50 wt quilting thread

Binding:  Coordinating solid, cut in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Mixing computer guided and free motion quilting on a long arm machine.

Quilt 31 / 50

Quilt 31 / 50

Goal #8 is finished!

Goal #8 is finished!

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  • Reply
    Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    September 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    It looks like you are having some fun playing and breaking in the new machine! It makes a beautiful whole cloth quilt from the back.

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    September 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    It’s beautiful!

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    September 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I love the shades of purple and the quilting. This must be quite a change from domestic sewing machine quilting. But I can see the learning curve for you is fast. I’m so impressed by what you have been able to pick up in only a month.

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    Diana @ Red Delicious Life
    September 27, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Looks great! And hey, binding is overrated. 🙂

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    September 30, 2015 at 9:28 am

    It’s a pretty little study! I’m excited for you, getting a longarm – I’d be on it all the time and ignoring every other task, too!

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    October 18, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Wow – the quilting is really wonderful on this!

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