Free motion quilting the treasures from the scrap bin quilt part two

November 22, 2019 1 Comment

Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

I have been moving on with quilting the treasures from the scrap bin quilt. All the stitch in the ditch is done, now it is time to decide on a plan for the free motion quilting that will add to the fun of this little quilt. The design I chose this time is different from the original quilt I made, I have chosen a little flower design for the larger half-square triangle blocks.

Stitching in the ditch around applique, when I stitch in the ditch around the applique shapes I try very hard to stay as close to the outside of the applique shape, but still keeping my stitches on the background fabric.

Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Then I change thread colour depending on the colour of the applique and stitch around each individual shape.

Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Using a slightly heavier thread, making the quilting more of a feature. I have used So fine 50 weight polyester thread by Superior threads in the top and the bottom line 60 weight polyester in my bobbin.

The design is a little flower that I have centered across the half-square triangles and in the setting triangles, I have used half a flower motif.

Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

There is a little backstitching involved in this design but using a fine thread makes it less noticeable.

 Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Half flowers in the setting triangles.

Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

In the setting triangles that have applique flowers, I have done a bit of echo quilting.

Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

I hope this has been helpful to everyone, next week I will be moving on to the outer border and planning a quilting design, for that. 

In the original quilt, I used less quilting and you can see what I did with this quilt in this picture.

Cross-hatching through the nine-patch blocks and a simple arc design on the half-square triangles.

Treasures from the scrap bin | Sharon Keightley Quilts

 I hope I have covered everything, please leave a comment, share your tips. If you have any questions I can answer them here.

If you are new to the sew-along take a look at previous blog posts for the sew-along here

All piecing instructions are on page 14 of the Autumn Bouquet book. 

If you are still waiting for your book to arrive, don't worry..... there is still plenty of time. You can join in the sew-along at any time and work at your own pace. 

I can't wait to share all my tips with you all and learn your tips too. Sharing the process is so much fun so please post pictures to my facebook group or Instagram.   

You can follow along on the Sew Along via my blog posts, Facebook group and Instagram. There will be a hashtag on Instagram #treasuresfromthescrapbin you can post to or you can join my Facebook group so you can post your pictures there and share with everyone else in the group.

If you are signed up to my newsletter all information will be posted in the newsletters.

You will need to have a copy of my book Autumn Bouquet, for the Sew Along. You can find the book online a Martingale or Amazon or here on my website.

My Instagram is @sharonkeightleyquilts

Facebook Group link here

Thank you all for your wonderful comments, I love reading them and getting to know you.

hope you will join in with the fun.

Happy Stitching


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1 Response

Diane VanEgmond
Diane VanEgmond

November 25, 2019

I love your book and your project. Thank you for the step by step instructions and tutorials they are so helpful. I am new to machine quilting..only working on small table toppers or baby quilts and nothing fancy with your insight it doesn’t seem so daunting. I’ll be following along soon as I can. Again – thank you Sharon.

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