Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Border Design and Ruler Work

Checking the spacing
Here it is Wednesday. I won't bore you with my pencil drawings of the X design I thought would be a good transition for this narrow border. To check how the X would fit on the border, I carefully chalk marked it. Of course, I didn't get it quite right--I had a little more border than I had design. So I remarked, and although better, it wasn't right on.

Then, I realized that I could extend the markings from the block into the border and my design would fit perfectly! That plan worked. I need to remember that tip because no math was involved! Because I needed a chalked line to start, I didn't use the ruler.

 Perhaps, when I get to adding the additional lines, the rulers will be just the tool I need to finish the design! My free motion quilting on a line is improving!

Auditioning this design
My plan for this border was to stitch one line and after I stitched some of the outer boarder, I would return and stitch the remaining lines on this border.

Remember, I'm working to keep the quilting density even as I work on this project. At the end of the process, I will evaluate whether or not I have less distortion working in this manner.

It's difficult to see in the photo that I used a blue variegated thread in the purple border. I liked the effect! See how much the chalk disappears after stitching?

Next up, is designing that wide outer border. Hmmm. . .I've been doodling; but, I haven't penciled a design that I want to use yet. You will have to check back on Sunday!
First line stitched; Notice how the points line up with the points of the previous setting
triangles and setting squares.


Nancy said...

I like using piecing lines for measuring my quilting lines, too. So nice to not have to do the math! But I hate the way the chalk comes off while quilting. I'm anal and need my marks to stick around! I love the quilting designs you've picked so far and can't wait to see what you come up with for that wider border! said...

Nancy, I too would have liked the chalk marks to have hung around longer than they did. I do like how chalk brushes away though. Thank you for your comment about my designs so far. This quilting is really outside of my box!--Terry

Monica said...

Wow, Terry, that is amazing attention to detail! I can see it's going to be a really satisfying quilt. Thanks for all the photos! said...

Monica, that detail is to help me the next time I THINK I want to try this style of quilting!!! Let's see what the next border becomes! Thanks for your kind comment!--Terry