Monday, December 3, 2012

Custom quilting....or not!

All along I planned on custom...really custom quilting this quilt and last minute decided not to today.


It was so tempting...all that open space and so many quilting ideas running through my head as to what I could do.

So what persuaded me to just do GREAT BIG SWIRLS?  Time.  Right now I can't afford to spend a lot of time custom quilting one of my own quilts, but I'm liking how it's turning out anyway!

 
 The first thing I did is stitched in the ditch to make my big circle.  I then found my center and started my swirl in the center and went outward....now this part I go pretty fast and that helps my swirls look smoother.  I don't have a stitch regulated machine...so I turn my speed up to make it go faster.  My max speed on my machine is 100...I turn it up to 90.  Yes, fast!  Not sure about the stitch regulated machines and how you go fast on those? 

That's about it for this one, just one big swirl after another!

~Jenny~

33 comments:

MariQuilts said...

I'm loving those swirls.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

I love that! I think I would call that custom quilted. You've thought about what suits your quilt. You haven't scribbled all over it.

Perfect custom job!

Cheers

Linda

capitolaquilter said...

I love the look it lends perfectly to the pattern and isn't overdone. Reminds me of the huge candy on a stick from the boardwalk that I would get when I was a kid and could never actually finish.

Pam said...

loving your grid and your circles.....hope to see u friday xoxoxo

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Dang Jenny!! You are seriously talented girl. Love it!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Love it! Yes, it IS custom quilted! Really liking the monochromes of this one, nice pattern. Dumb ? perhaps-- is it quilted on 90 on your long arm? A freehand circle/swirl?

Trudi said...

Oh that's still custom quilted! Gorgeous too! Look forward to seeing the,finished article!

Janet O. said...

Those are freehand? Beautiful! Wow, 90 IS fast!!

Leeanne said...

A perfect choice! I would love to see you do this design on a video.

Frog Quilter said...

Your quilts are ALWAYS jaw dropping. Yum. Bty with a regulated machine you have to slower or you can outrun the machine. Hugs.

Mhairi said...

This quilt looks like a big bowl of peppermint swirls. I love it, fat and sugar free goodness!!

Angela Bullard said...

I love that your swirls overlap. Beautiful!

Thearica said...

I have a book Quilting Makes the Quilt that has a design similar to this that I have been wanting to try. Love how yours is coming along.

Can you explain what you mean by quilting in the ditch the outside line of your circle. Which ditch did you quilt? Enquiring minds want to know. :)

Teresa in Music City said...

You are simply amazing! If I tried that, my quilt would be a hot mess LOL!!!

riley said...

It's very pretty.

Melia Mae Quilting said...

I love the large swirls. Very very pretty. What template did you start with to make the very large circle?

Anna said...

The swirls look so cool! I like it :)

Lisa D. said...

Your red swirls look really good with that design.

Teresa Silva said...

So you freehanded these circles? They are so perfect. Amazing quilt!

The Invisible Woman said...

90? Wow!! 50 makes me want to run for cover - like something will explode. Once again, you've inspired me to try something I haven't tried before. Thanks!

: )

Helen said...

Perfect in so many ways....fast, easy, and looks great!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

I love them!

Sharon S said...

Fast is where it's at! Love this!

Rebecca Grace said...

I don't know; that looks pretty "custom" to me! I've been trying to learn spirals lately, and I'm really impressed by how evenly spaced the stitching lines are in your spirals, now that I know how difficult that is! My spirals are kind of lumpy, like the wheels on Fred Flintstone's family car... ;-) And I think the spirals complement the piecing lines beautifully on your quilt, too.

Laura Davies said...

I like the way that the swirls overlap. Looks neat.

Mama Pea said...

It looks really fantastic! I don't own a longarm, but I've stitched on a few. I actually prefer non-stitch regulated mode. Not sure I want stitch regulation!

Shankevia said...

My color would be the azure. I was just trying to figure out if I could sacrifice something this week to buy the pattern and curve ruler. Please pick me!!. Thanks

Shankevia said...

I have been a follower for a while now and love your work.:)

Cynthia said...

I think the swirls are cool...it was a good choice!

Mary said...

Love the quilting, and really love the quilt pattern. When will you be releasing this one, or have you and I missed it???

felice said...

kewl! looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!

Valerie said...

Love the quilting here-compliments the design perfectly!

Karen M. Walker said...

hi jenny beautiful swirls! i would also like to know where you stitched in the ditch? Did you stitch the outer circles first then add the swirls? Is that what you mean? What size circles?? Beautiful work as always and i appreciate your willingness to share. thank you! I was just in Everett this past weekend visiting my brother and actually thought of you! :) karen