Thursday, July 8, 2021

TGIFF is At My Studio This Week! Modern Scrap Petal Garden Baby Quilt

 Hello, and happy (almost) Friday! I'm delighted to be hosting this week's TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finally Finished) Friday linky party, because I am head over heels in love with this sweet modern baby quilt that I just finished quilting for a client.  

36 x 42 Scrap Petal Garden Baby Quilt with Jessica's Abacus Chevron E2E

The machine appliqué pattern for this quilt is called Scrap Petal Garden, from Cabin in the Woods, and it's available on Etsy here if your local shop doesn't carry it.  I love the fresh, bright flower petals against my client's low-volume background fabrics, don't you?  I know everyone loves the before and after quilting photos, so here's what the top looked like before quilting:

Scrap Petal Garden Top, Before Quilting

The digital quilting design we chose is called Jessica's Abacus Chevron, and it's one of those fabulous geometric modern pantos that would be impossible to quilt on a long arm that wasn’t computerized.  I would not get perfectly round circles and perfect straight lines if I was trying to trace a paper pantograph version of this design with a laser pointer.  

Setting Up the Bernina Q-Matic to Stitch Jessica's Abacus Chevron E2E

This was my first time quilting with the Bernina Q-Matic program, and I found it super intuitive coming from my previous IntelliQuilter computer robotics program.  I love the larger screen and increased screen resolution in the Bernina program, because it makes it so much easier for my middle-aged eyeballs to figure out where I am in a design when I'm zooming in and out to get everything aligned the way I want it to stitch out on the quilt.

Borrowing The Demo Q24 at Creative Sewing and Vacuum, Stonecrest

My new Bernina Q24 long arm machine was delivered several weeks ago, but the Q-Matic computer robotics package is backordered until August.  My Bernina dealer is letting me use the demo Q24 in his shop in the meantime, for any quilts I need to get done that I can fit on their little 8' frame (which can accommodate a quilt with at least one side 70" or smaller).  This is a mix of inconvenience and added convenience, because I'd MUCH rather be quilting on my own machine in my own studio, but it was awesome to have someone right there to answer questions  as I was learning the new system.

Backing Side.  I Love the Stitch Quality on This Machine!

Trouble-Shooting Skipped Stitches with Fusible Adhesive Products

The only challenge I had with this quilt was figuring out which needle would stitch through the fused machine applique petals without skipping stitches.  My client stiffened her background fabric with Terial Magic, which is a fabulous liquid stiffener that gives enough support for embroidery or machine applique without using an additional stabilizer product.  Instead of ripping or cutting away extra stabilizer after stitching, this product just washes out when the quilt is finished and laundered.  I am dying to try this product myself.  I had zero problems quilting through the background fabric that was stiffened with Terial Magic...  But the flower petals were done with Steam A Seam 2 Lite, a product that has a fusible adhesive on one side, and a repositionable sticky adhesive on the other side.  That was gumming up my needle and causing skipped stitches, with several different needle sizes and types.  The magic needle solution ended up being a Schmetz Universal Pro needle in size 100/16.  The "Pro" designation from Schmetz indicates that the needles have a chrome plating that resists heating up from high speed stitching.  Chrome plating also helps to resist adhesive products sticking.  In addition to the magic Pro Chrome needle, I also slowed the stitching speed considerably every time the machine approached a section of appliqué  and sped it back up again when it was only stitching through the background fabric.  

Glide Thread in Color Lemon Ice Blends With Appliqué Fabrics

I wish I could see this quilt after the Terial Magic was washed out!  Right now it feels like a crisp canvas or heavy paper, but it should be really soft and snuggly after washing because we used Quilter's Dream Bamboo batting.  I used Glide thread in color Lemon Ice so the quilting would blend into the flower petal fabrics and stand out more against the neutral background fabrics.

That's my finish for this week.  Now it's time for you to show me what you've finished up recently!  Whether it's a completely finished project, a finished flimsy, or just a finished block, we'd love to see it.  I'll also be linking up todays's post with some of my other favorite linky parties: Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of a Fabric AddictPeacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and MoreFinished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts, & Off the Wall Friday at Nina Marie Sayre.


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Quilty Chaos said...

I've used the Terial Magic for machine embroidery and it's lovely to not deal with the extra layers of stabilizer, but it really, really smells bad when you spray it. I now do an entire batch outdoors and let it dry there before I bring it in to the sewing room.

Gretchen Weaver said...

This baby quilt is so lovely! The quilting design looks perfect! Happy stitching!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what a lovely quilt - I hate to disagree but this quilting pattern would be just fine for hand quilting - I would use it for the back ground area but not over the applique pieces. It must have been a fun quilt to quilt.

Rebecca Grace said...

Hi, Karen! You misunderstood what I was trying to say. Yes, this quilting design would be awesome for hand quilting! I meant hand-guided long arm quilting, where the quilter is moving a 45 pound machine on a frame and trying to follow the lines printed on the pantograph pattern with a laser light. With hand-guided pantograph quilting, the quilter is standing at the back of the frame and can't even look at the needle as it's stitching on the quilt. With enough practice, some quilters can get really good at following designs with loops, feathers and swirls that way, but you can't get straight lines and perfect circles. Which really frustrated me, having marked perfect circles for hand quilting in the past on my quilts! :-)

Rebecca said...

The quilting design is the perfect compliment to the applique! How great to be able to have tech support in person!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

The design is perfect for the quilt and it a beautiful quilt!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Not sure if the first one took - Amazing patter and such a beautiful quilt! Fingers crossed for August!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That is just a beautiful quilt! the colors your client chose just pop!
I would agree that quilting in a shop may be hard... I sometimes go quilt at like 4 in the morning.... in my jammies... they might frown on that haha!

Norma Schlager said...

The perfect pattern for a very pretty quilt. I'm sure baby and mother will love it.

Soma @ said...

Gorgeous quilt and I love the quilting design you chose for it. They look beautiful together.


Carol Andrews said...

That baby quilt is so pretty. The colours are beautiful and I can imagine how cuddly it will be after it is washed. Nice that you get on the spot training, but sad that it’s not on your own machine and frame. Wonderful customer service from the shop owners letting you use their machine. 😉

Vicki in MN said...

What a pretty quilt and you did a spectacular job on the quilting. I do think you are right that it is a real advantage that you are using the shop model and learning right there!

dq said...

There you go, performing your quilting magic to make an already gorgeous quilt beyond gorgous! I truly love your quilting!

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Magnifique quilt, et le quilting est parfait ! J'aime beaucoup ce motif, il est très beau, bravo !!