Woodgrain ‘Ultra-Wavy’ Quilting

Woodgrain quilting | basting beauty

Woodgrain quilting | basting beauty


Today I experimented with a quilting method I have never tried before, but I absolutely fell in love with it on Better Off Thread.  This “Ultra-wavy quilting” style uses a walking foot, and I thought it would be perfect for the quilt top that I’m almost finished.  My machine has been giving me some grief lately, however, so I wanted to be extra careful before I tried it, and practice on a panel first.

I had two Kate & Birdie’s Winter Lane panels kicking around, and I had always meant to make cushions from them, so figured this was a good time to put them to use.  I used quite an odd thread colour, I realize, but I also wanted to test out a new type of thread I had never used before, and not leave it to chance on my larger quilt project.  The last point of experimentation for me today was the use of basting spray, as this was strongly recommended by Janice at Better Off Thread.  Given my basting woes, I heeded her warnings, and picked up a can of 505 Temporary fabric adhesive.

505 Temporary Spray Adhesive

505 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Despite my initial apprehension, I found the spray quite easy to use.  I put some plastic down to protect my table, opened the door to dissipate the fumes, and before I knew it my two cushion fronts were securely sandwiched to the batting.  I used a cheap piece of white cotton to line the back of the batting, as it will be hidden inside the finished cushion.

Spray Basted | ready to quilt

Spray Basted | ready to quilt

I started quilting,  carefully following Janice’s detailed sketches.  Obviously, this was a very small project, and my larger quilt will be much more difficult, but I found this quilting method really fun! I like how you are sort of improvising as you go, responding to what lines will complement the ones you have already quilted.

Woodgrain quilting | basting beauty

Woodgrain quilting | basting beauty

Quilted back | basting beauty

Quilted back | basting beauty

 

If you are looking for an interesting way to quilt one of your projects, definitely give this a try!  You will be glad you did!


7 Comments on Woodgrain ‘Ultra-Wavy’ Quilting

  1. Claire
    March 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm (7 months ago)

    Like I said before, Erin, your work is amazing. Now how about giving us a peek at your other project, too!

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    • erin
      March 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm (7 months ago)

      Thanks Claire…. you are very sweet! I will have the other project for you very soon! :)

      Reply
  2. Janna
    March 26, 2014 at 8:26 am (7 months ago)

    Erin–I love your quilting–it is beautiful!! But a hint of caution about basting spray–you may experience “gumming” of your sewing machine needle.

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    • erin
      March 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm (7 months ago)

      Thanks, Janna…. I will be careful, especially with my larger project.

      Reply
  3. pauletteadoyle@gmail.com
    March 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm (7 months ago)

    OMG!! I think you have passed SP in her quilting expertise ALL READY!! WOW!! I love this…and your photos are incredible too!!

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  4. Gai Butler
    March 29, 2014 at 9:49 am (7 months ago)

    You really do put that ‘pedal to the metal’ on your sewing machine Erin. As is becoming the norm – this post is a real treat!

    Reply
  5. Sharon G
    July 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm (3 months ago)

    Love this! I have got to try it!

    Reply

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