I made this quilt over a year ago, but a couple of weeks ago it was in a quilt exhibit at RicRac Roundup in Kansas City. A bunch of people asked me about the quilting on this one and I said I would post about it so, here it is. I dubbed the quilting on this on "organic line quilting' simply because the lines are done 'organically', or in my mind willy-nilly. Organic line quilting creates an amazing texture on a quilt. There are a couple of tricks to this kind of quilting. First, wind a lot of bobbins because you'll use loads of thread and make sure you have a full bottle of wine and some snacks because you'll need sustenance and lots of time!I start at the top center of the quilt. The lines are quilted alternately top to bottom and bottom to top. I work from the center to the edge of the quilt and then the center back to the opposite edge. It's important to use a walking foot so the quilt doesn't shift. I quilted this on my mom's little Bernina, so you don't need a fancy machine.
Notice the two blue lines in the diagram. I place two pieces of painter's tape the length of the quilt. The line in the center is to help establish the first quilting line. You want your lines to stay essentially perpendicular to the top and bottom of the quilt. It's easy to get going at an angle. That's where the second piece of tape comes in. I place it about 8 to 12 inches from the first piece. I use it as a gauge to measure the distance from the quilting lines. I want to keep that distance consistent so that the lines don't end up running at an angle. As I move across the quilt I move the second piece of tape.
As for the lines themselves, I try to relax and let it go. It feels a bit like free motion meandering, but in a straight line. Let the lines wave and flow. The lines can get very close together....they range from about 1/4" to 3/4" apart. I've done this kind of quilting on other quilts where I let the lines cross, but I like it better this way.
Any questions, let me know. Give it a try...it's amazing!