The Salty Quilter - Tree of Knowledge - Finished

Tree of Knowledge

General Info

Start Date  Jan 5, 2012
Finish Date  Jan 25, 2012
Status  Finished
Size  25.5″ x 28″
Pattern  My own design
What it’s for  Me
Batting  Matilda’s Own 100% cotton batting.

Quilt Top Notes/Techniques

My quilt was inspired by Frances Moore\’s tree quilt featured in the video for the January Free Motion Quilting Challenge. I wanted something to go into my office where I work as a knowledge analyst and this design came to mind. I foundation pieced the borders from my green (and some yellow and red) scraps.

Over time, I liked the quilt more and more. Eventually I entered it into the NSW Quilt Guild Under 35’s quilt show in September 2012.

Quilting Notes/Techniques

I used Gutterman 50wt cotton thread to do the heart leaf motif in the center with a size 70 needle. The appliques were also free motion quilted with 50wt, but a size 80 needle was needed to prevent skipped stitches. For the border I used Gutterman Sulky 30 wt cotton and a size 80 needle to do the spiral leaf motif. I blocked the quilt before binding, which significantly improved its flatness.

I’m still not 100% happy with my stitch length. It is too long and varied, especially on freehand designs. I need to work on speeding up and varying my machine speed while slowing down my hands. Also, I am not getting great tension on the back of the quilt. I’m having issues with excess loops of thread as well as occasional bird’s nests, even while using a Bobbin Genie.

Progress Pictures

The Salty Quilter - Tree of Knowledge - Finished

The Salty Quilter - Tree of Knowledge - Fill

The Salty Quilter - Tree of Knowledge - Border quilting

The Salty Quilter - Tree of Knowledge - back

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