There are some really old fabrics in this scrappy light and dark blue quilt top. I made the top from the “Wild Child” pattern in Bonnie Hunter's book, String Fling. This was a project that sat in a box for a few years, fabrics at the ready, for taking to retreats or when I just wanted to chain piece and sew my brains out. Nobody uses up old stash fabrics like Bonnie Hunter!
But now the moment of truth is here. The top is complete, borders on and ready to be quilted. It's huge! 77 x 93 inches. I hardly ever make large traditional bed quilts. So I am challenging myself to quilt this on my Gammill long arm machine. I don't want to just meander over the blocks in an all-over, edge to edge pattern. I want to quilt each block, following the piecing in a traditional style.
So I printed a section of the quilt and placed tracing paper on top to try and figure out a quilting design that would compliment the blocks but also move across the quilt with minimal stops and starts and retracing of stitch lines.
Oh my gosh it was hard! It took me hours of drawing and erasing to finely come up with a plan.
I practiced on the quilt top, drawing across the block row with Quilters View Film. I use a dry erase pen to practice because I can just wipe off and do it again. I can also use a permanent black marker if I want to preserve the lines.
Loaded and ready to “quilt as desired.”