Straight Line Quilting into Fall

Fall Patchwork : Fresh Lemons Quilts

After a busy weekend, I spent most of yesterday stitching this little fall mini together. I’m quilting now using my BERNINA walking foot to sew straight lines that are 1/4″ apart. I’m debating going in the opposite direction as well, making a tiny grid. What do you think?

Completely unrelated to quilting…did anyone else stay up Sunday evening and watch the lunar eclipse? Or wake up in the middle of the night, depending on where you live? My daughter is studying space in school, and my son learned about the moon in class last Friday. So of course, we had to stay up. I set up my tripod and took pictures during the 2 hours we were outside.

Lunar Eclipse : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I feel like it is always cloudy when something cool like this happens here. And it was looking like that would be the same story this time, but we lucked out with a 2 hour break in the clouds at just the right time. I am always blown away by our world. So, can I make this into quilt inspiration? I’m not sure, maybe! 😉



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    Judy C

    September 29, 2015

    Love the straight lines & no pucker (ripple) in the fabric. Do you sew these starting at the same edge every line, or do you just pivot quilt & go back in opposite direction?

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      September 29, 2015

      Hi Judy! I usually start in the middle and do the first half of the quilt in one direction, then flip the quilt and do the second half in the other direction. I like my results way more when I pin baste. If I spray baste, I find I personally have a higher likelihood of puckers.

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    gigi voegeli

    September 29, 2015

    Love the quilting. Don’t go the other way. It’s too perfect like this. Great photos of the Eclipse too.

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    September 29, 2015

    I think it would be way too stiff if you quilt in the opposite direction. Unless you want it to be a wall hanging and nothing else. Are you using a light thread or a nylon one here? I always debate when I am going over both lights and darks.

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      September 30, 2015

      Hi Deborah! I’m using a light thread (it’s my go-to tan).

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    janet moilanen

    September 29, 2015

    I’ve only done straight line quilting when the lines are that close but I’ve often wondered what the effect would be if it was a grid. Are you thinking it would stiffen the quilt too much? Please post about it if you decide to crosshatch – would love to see your lovely finished quilt!

    We were only able to get a glimpse of the red moon Sunday night. There was a break in the clouds that didn’t last more than a couple minutes. So cool that you were able to see the whole thing! Great photos too!

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    September 29, 2015

    I love the quilt pattern, and the grid would be interesting and different. I say, go for it! I watched part of the eclipse, too, not the whole night. Our moon looked like your last two photos. These are fabulous photos of the whole thing. It was an amazing experience!

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    September 29, 2015

    A beautiful job – looks PERFECT. An eclipse quilt . . . what an inspiration. Would love to see what ideas you have for that!

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    C Woosley

    September 29, 2015

    Thanks for the pin-basting tip! Agree with Deborah about more quilting, but if the channel quilting were further apart–1/2″ or so–then it might be intetesting to do a grid on just the solid (white) squares alone.

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    September 29, 2015

    I love the straight lines just the way they are. Less is more!

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    Susan the Farm Quilter

    September 29, 2015

    I like the way your quilt looks with the quilting only going in one direction…I wouldn’t add any more to it (that’s such a weird thing for me to say because I’m always “more quilting”!!). Love your pictures of the eclipse!!! We had a cloudless sky, but the sun hadn’t totally set before the eclipse started, so we just got to see from Blood Moon to out of the shadow – so awesome to watch!

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    September 29, 2015

    That photo series of the eclipse/blood moon came out really fab. I’m kicking myself for sleeping through it!

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    September 29, 2015

    What stitch length do you set your machine at when straight line quilting? I’m just starting to try straight line quilting and I LOVE your mini quilt!

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      September 30, 2015

      Hi there! For this quilt, I used 2.5 for my stitch length. I’ve been known to go up to 3.0 though. I would suggest making a few test quilt sandwiches and try different settings to see what you like the most. 🙂

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    Dana Henry

    September 29, 2015

    Myself, I like the tiny grid look. Go with it!

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    Anne Beier

    September 29, 2015

    I think because it’s a mini – less is more will be better.

    Great photos of the eclipse. In NY we had those clouds. But we had some clearings too, and took full advantage of them, while watching on our deck.

    And if your children are studying space, and you use twitter, link to Scott Kelly who is tweeting incredible photos from his year in space. Sometimes he posts a photo and has his followers guess what land or sea mass it is before he shares the answer. It’s hard. I am also always amazed at our earth and things that happen in space.

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    Karen Seitz

    September 29, 2015

    Gorgeous photos of the moon! And perfect inspiration for a quilt. I like the quilting in a single direction — it’s plenty!

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    Di Ross

    September 29, 2015

    Cool photos. My grandson will love these. We live in Australia so did’nt get to see what you guys did. Thanks. Cheers

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    September 29, 2015

    Hi, Faith — the tiny straight lines are fantastic. Love watching you create and innovate!

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    Beverly ingram

    September 29, 2015

    I think some cross hatching would look terrific. Not dense like your vertical ones but just in some areas.

    We watched the eclipse here but didn’t get pictures, great shots you got.

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    Diane B

    September 29, 2015

    Faith, stick w/the 1/4″ apart straight line quilting…it’s already added the perfect texture.

    YES indeed what a splendid lunar eclipse…once in our lifetime! Quilted indeed, and a pattern please:)

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    Susan F

    September 29, 2015

    Wonderful pictures. Thanks. I really like the 1/4 inch stitching. Would stop there.

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    Judy Forkner

    September 30, 2015

    We were lucky that we decided to spend Sunday night in the mountains–Frisco, CO. It started out cloudy, but cleared as the moon got higher in the sky & we had a great view of it. My daughter here in Boulder didn’t see much of it at all, but my mother who just lives a few miles east in Lafayette, CO enjoyed beautiful views of the eclipse. Funny how the clouds effected people who lived that close together differently!

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    September 30, 2015

    Love the tightly-space lines! I would leave it this way, just the one direction.

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    September 30, 2015

    I love your quilt! Quarter-inch SLQing is my favorite. I wouldn’t go the other way. It’s a mini. There is a large quilt I am going to be outline quilting in columns and, unfortunately, I think I may have to quilt both ways or the batting will get lumpy. :/

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    JoAnne K

    September 30, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing the eclipse pictures. I really got to see what happened. Here in Maryland it was cloudy, but we got a glimpse of the partial eclipse. You are a very good photographer.

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    October 1, 2015

    I’m probably too late with my suggestion, but I think your little quilt would look nice with quilt lines going the opposite direction but at an angle and not quite as close together as your straight lines are.
    Your eclipse photo work is awesome! I watched it and just a few minutes before the total eclipse I saw a falling star. I thought that was quite exciting!

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    October 2, 2015

    I am trying to think of how the lunar eclipse could be portrayed in a quilt. Let’s say I’m using a log cabin block in black and white, with the light “triangle” on the left. Gradually, the light side is taken over by the background and then the dark side is, until one block is only background. Then the blocks reappear but now they are rose coloured as they are touched by the sun.

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      October 2, 2015

      That sounds beautiful!