It has been a while since you saw anything from this kitchen project. The blocks are from the ‘Tea for Kate’ set that I designed in 2016.
This is what I started out planning.
I used lots of Alison Glass fabrics combined with lots of ‘pretty friends’. The blocks are 12x 12 inch and I added a 3 inch border. It will be a 30″x42″ wallhanging. I used all different white-on-white fabrics for the background.
This quilt will go on a wall near my kitchen, and I decided to use a double batting: 100% cotton on the bottom an a wool on top. The wool batting is supposed to give extra poof to the quilting. I have never used wool before and to me the batting looked rather thin. Well, the ‘proof is in the pudding’ as the British say, right?
When the quilt was on the longarm, I started with stabilizing the top by stitching in the ditch along the outside of the block. I used a longarm ruler by Jamie Wallen’s Quilters’ Apothecary. This ruler has a handle that you can hold for better control. This type of ruler does NOT work with a normal domestic machine as the available height does not comply with the handle and the way you position your hand. This ruler only is an option for midarms or longarm machines, I guess.
After stabilizing the quilt, I ditched outside all the colored fabrics, while switching thread colors for each different fabric. The threads were all different weights and I was too late to realize that I should have checked tension with every switch… well the back of this quilt will be towards the kitchen wall… nobody will see it. I will show you it later, but that is about all the screen time it will get, ha ha
The kitchenware will get straight line quilting with a few circles sprinkled around. I am using circle rulers by I Love To Quilt for the cake block, a local Dutch company. I did markt the ereas destined for the circles with a blue water erasable pen.
I used the same blue pen for marking up the background… but I need your help deciding on what pattern to apply there. I will quilt with white thread and am aiming for texture.
What do you think? Which one should I use to fill in the background?
Little squares alternating horizontal and vertical line quilting ?
An orange peel with filler (using this tutorial)
Or 45 degrees angle straight line quilting?
So, what is your favorite pattern for the background? I am leaning towards the filled in orange peel.
Have a lovely week!