Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rabbit Transit

Done! I could have sworn this quilt grew two extra sides when I was binding it--it took FOREVER and it's not that large!


I know--it's not that great a photo of the whole quilt, and I'll take a better one once I get a sleeve on it and hang it with the Easter decorations, but that will probably take another week, and I was just too excited to wait that long before I showed you.


The quilting was fairly simple--I just did some back and forth wavy lines in the background, which always kind of represents the outdoors and air movement to me. Then I did some quilting in the appliqued pieces to add a little detail. A friend asked me what I did to make the balloons puffy, and it's really just the absence of any quilting in those parts that makes them stand out a little bit. It's the same with the animal bodies, although I did outline quilt the arms, legs, ears, etc.


The quilting that I really had fun with and ended up liking quite a bit was the quilting in the scalloped border. I really don't like marking quilts much and I hate marking stencils, but I thought the scallops needed something along those lines, so I just drew lines to divide each scallop into sections. First I found the center and drew a line; then I drew lines from the center to the lowest points of the "V" between each scallop, and finally I drew lines in the centers of those larger spaces.


After that, I just quilted the loops like I would feathers, trying to stay somewhat even, and then traveling along the edge of the inner border to quilt the next scallop. Wouldn't it be fun to use that in something that looked like oranges?

Thanks again to Miss Jean for a great quilt name! My only regret right now is that there wasn't room in the borders to applique in the name. Wouldn't that have been terrific?!

20 comments:

Anne said...

It looks fabulous! Such great quilting on a fun quilt.

Anonymous said...

Love this - you did a great job! That pink scallop border really makes it - very, very nice!!

Cindy

Anonymous said...

Great quilt. Did the pattern call for the scallop border or did you come up with this yourself?

Shelia

Sheila said...

I love it.

Ruby said...

Thank you so much for sharing how you quilted the scallop border! Love your machine quilting tutorials.

Synthia said...

It's a masterpiece. Absolutely wonderful!!

dianne said...

this is one of those quilts that just kept getting better and better - now it is totally awesome, Kim!

Josie McRazie said...

this will be a great addition to your decorations! I love it!! Beautifully done!!

Carol said...

I love your Rabbit Transit quilt! You gave me a great idea for the quilting of my quilt. I couldn't figure out what to do, I like the back and forth lines. I like your scallops too.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Top notch! I would still be working on something like this. Now you have it quilted and bound! I love it. The scalloped border gives it the right touch as well.

Jean Burke said...

Terrific quilting - thanks for showing the detail and the thought process behind it. The name is just perfect!

Brandie said...

Looks just splendid! What a fabulous finish! Love the quilting, it's absolutely perfect, all around.

Miss Jean said...

SPECTACULAR!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great job. Thanks for sharing.
cindy

Jeanne said...

I love how this quilt turned out! You did wonderful work.

Beverley said...

Absolutely fabulous.

Lizziebeth said...

That has to be the cutest quilt, I love it.

Jen in NY said...

I love how you quilted it. What a spectacular piece!

Theresa said...

This is awesome!!! I love the patterns you quilted on the borders!!!

Jen said...

I wanna know more about that scallop border - was it your addition, or was it part of the original pattern? Tips on sewing scallops/curves?
I am so in love with that quilt and your quilting on it is wonderful!