Sashiko Free Motion Quilting for Antique Inspired Scrappy Broken Dishes Lap or Cot Quilt
Hello Dear friends and Readers, I recently finished a quilt for my little grandson. After much thought I decided to use a Sashiko style design for the quilting. I really couldn’t imagine how else to quilt it because of all of the intersecting angles of the quilt other than straight line quilting or hand quilting. I thought this would give the best effect for this patchwork pattern.
I started by doing a few blocks to secure the quilt top and then kept going to do the entire quilt. It does require frequent turning of the quilt to achieve the design, however I believe it was well worth it. I will show you a picture of the back of the quilt shortly so that you can see how the design looks.
I think this quilt should last the test of time with this secure quilting and the design style will mean it’s something he can keep for ever, if he so chooses.
Here is a link to the quilt top instructions.
I used an electric Singer 201K with a free motion quilting foot.
In completing each Sashiko arched seam, I found that the challenge was to judge the length of the arch as it differs in length depending on which side of each triangle is being quilted.
In other words, because each triangle is an Isoscelles right angle triangle, the hypotenuse is significantly longer than the opposite and adjacent side of each triangle and the corner angles are much tighter.
Here is some triangle refresher in case you are interested.
You may notice than my seams are way less than perfect. However, I think it got better as I went along. Improving quilting skills takes practice. I have to say that sometimes perfection really is the enemy of the good. Sometimes it just has to be done. The nice thing is that when the quilting was finished, even though there was a fair bit of difference in each seam, the overall pattern looks pretty good and has given the quilt a lot of strength and stability.
Here is a close up look at the back.
And then the whole of the back.
For the piano key border I quilted lots of loops to make it secure.
Here is the finished quilt.
It is such a nice feeling to finish a quilt, Isn’t it?
Hopefully he will get plenty of use from it.
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Happy quilting. What will you sew today?