Hi again. I wanted to show you my Strata quilt that I started in April 2011. It was tons of fun to design and play with the different colors (see below). My stash had many batiks that I’ve never used so I decided to put them all in one quilt.
Here’s the finished quilt, but I wanted to talk about the designing part. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements to design. This allows me to make lay out decisions and ‘see’ the finished quilt long before I even start sewing.
Decisions like do I want the rows straight?
No, I picked the staggered ones.
What about the tan colors in the center instead?
No, I like the tan towards the outside.
The layout decisions made, I was off and sewing. Those long, thin strips were a challenge to keep straight!
When the top was finished, it was time to make quilting decisions. I liked continuing the Strata idea, so I found two photos that really inspired me. I love how the rock piled up with smaller pebbles between them.
Back to Photoshop Elements, I was able to use different layers until I found a quilting design that pleased me.
The quilting was fun. I’m still learning the do’s and don’t about machine quilting, but it’s all about having a good time, right? Just put the feed dogs down, attached a free motion foot, lower the stitch length to 0, put on thin gardening gloves and off you go!
Oh and a quick shot of the back.
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