Bowl of Cherries Quilting

I decided to quilt the Bowl of Cherries quilt top with cherries.  I thought that would be cute.  And it is.

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But it was way more work than I anticipated.  Stippling/meandering is so second nature to me that I really don’t have to think while I’m doing it…my hands just know what to do and it flows smoothly.  This was the first time I tried the cherries, and admittedly I probably should’ve tried it on a small quilt first, but I guess because I’m so comfortable with stippling/meandering I didn’t think it would be a big deal.

It was so much more time consuming than I thought it would be.  I had to really think about what I was doing and where I was going.  I’m sure it didn’t help that I was attempting this new technique on a quilt 67 x 74.  That’s pretty large and challenging to maneuver, and with quilting the cherries, I really needed to be able to move the quilt sandwich around so that the cherries wouldn’t all face the same direction.  One thing that I’m so glad I did was quilt from the back.  The backing (above) was just one fabric and far less busy than the top.  I’m glad I thought ahead to do that because with this technique being able to really see where you’ve been and where you’re going is critical (at least for trying a new technique).  So, it was a challenge, nonetheless, and I’m finally done—I’m so excited to be done with the quilting.

Now on to the binding and hand stitching it to the back.

4 comments to Bowl of Cherries Quilting

  • Jen

    wow…looks neat! Can’t wait to see it finished! Did you use a stencil or anything or just free-handed it? Very good job!

  • Rachel

    Thanks Jen! :) The cherries are all free-hand. I’ve never tried a stencil and I’ve never marked my quilt top, have you? I’ve practiced before with a marked practice sandwich and I was so obsessed with being exact that I was not exact and it wasn’t fun, ever since then I’ve stuck with free-hand.

  • Jen

    No I’ve never marked a quilt either. I think it would be too hard to stay on a pattern. I always freehand but I’ve really only done a meandering stipple stitch or some straight line quilting. I’d like to venture out and try other stitches, but I’m still trying to get the basics down and I’d hate to put all the time and effort into a quilt top, then try a new quilting technique and completely suck at it and screw up the whole quilt! ;)So for now, I’ll just stick to what I’m comfortable with! Yours looks great and I can’t wait to see it finished!

  • Mom

    Wow! You amaze me. This is clever and very beautiful too.

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