Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ultimate Stencil Use

Ultimate Shape stencils 
Using Cindy Needham's Ultimate Shape Stencils, I quilted the purple squares in the star blocks.  I used the smallest size for the two inch squares and the medium sized stencil for the four inch center squares. I plan to use the medium large size for the six inch nine patch blocks later even though the large size stencil fits the nine patch with the setting triangles!

I liked using her stencil because it was easy to mark with my chacoliner. I also liked that I got to work with curves!!! There were a lot of stops and starts. Again, I used the variegated 40wt cotton Valdani thread.








Chalked Lines
It is easier to see the chalk marks than it is to see the thread. Those other chalked lines are lines I drew to audition whether I wanted to quilt those next . . or come up with a different design!















Finished small squares
This is what the design looks like stitched. Notice that because I used a variegated thread that was about the same value of the purple fabric, the thread blends. Also, because it is variegated, I think the bobbles don't show as much!!! This step only took about 18 hours!

I played around with some alternative patterns for the pink/purple section of the quilt and that is what I'll be quilting next. I also did a little brainstorming on what to do for the background in this area; but, nothing "spoke" to me. Maybe tomorrow I'll hear what the quilt wants in those areas.


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8 comments:

  1. I like the motif you're using in the purple squares! It's always nice to add some curved lines to soften things a bit. It's all coming together so beautifully!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! I like working with curves. . .I think curves are more forgiving than straight lines. We will see what happens with those white squares. . .I still don't have an idea/plan for those!--Terry

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  2. It was awesome visiting with you today. I loved seeing your quilt up close and studying all of that beautiful quilting. The quilting you've done is perfect for each of the sections. I look forward to seeing it completed.

    Thank you for my Christmas present. I can't wait to play with the stencils.

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    1. JoJo, The time just flew! Thank you for my special gift!!! I made a little progress on the quilting this afternoon. . .It won't be long before I'm in to the "decorating" phase! I hope you will enjoy the stencils at least as much as I have enjoyed mine!--Terry

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  3. I like those stencils, and I like the contrast of curves with straight lines. The thread is beautiful too, even if it does blend a little! Have a great holiday, Terry!

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    1. Monica, this project has been full of "lessons!" I appreciated your comment about my thread choice. It was a challenge for me to pick something that would blend because I often like the quilting to be anything but subtle! Happy holidays to you too!--Terry

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  4. I also love the Ultimate Stencil collections. Very easy to use and so versatile. Super fun to see how you are using them. Beautiful

    QuiltShopGal
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    1. Thank you for your view and reply to my post, Darlene! Those stencils are versatile and easy to use! I hope more people will use the stencils.--Terry

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