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Pebbles and swirls.... modern quilting

Most longarm quilters will agree that finding the time to fit in your own projects is tricky, but I managed to make some time for my own quilting over the holiday period, and quilted my sticks and bricks quilt (designed by Amy Walsh) that has been hanging in my studio waiting to be quilted for quite a few months now. 
 
After seeing many quilts in magazines and books lately quilted with random sized circles / pebbles over, which I really liked the look of, I originally wanted to quilt circles all over it, but thought it may be a bit too much and take way too long to quilt, so I separated it with wavy lines between the blocks and quilted pebbles and swirls alternating down the quilt. 
 
After quilting the first row of pebbles, I thought "Oh my God I am going to ruin my quilt..."  but started to relax a little after the second row.  After talking to a longarming friend (Hi Kay) she convinced me it was OK and I would love it when I took it off the frame which is often what happens - she was right and I absolutely love it.  Although if you are not a fan of dense quilting - look away now .....   LOL but it is my quilt and I think it looks great on our bed...
 
Even Ian my hubby likes it - previously he has always said "You just do the squiggly bit " meaning the quilting, he has now updated this to be well your quilt is "repaired fabric with squiggly bits on top "  husbands  really don't get our need to cut all the fabric into pieces only to sew it all back together again do they???
 
I used a 100% flat cotton wadding in this with the hope that when I wash it that it wrinkles up just how I like my quilt to wrinkle...  this is the first time I have used this particular wadding from Hantex, and it was lovely to quilt on and even though a fairly flat wadding, the quilt definition is great.  This is the back of my quilt and the solid grey fabric showcases the quilting even more.
 
So in the "modern quilting style" which seems to be all the rage at the moment, and taking inspiration particularly from Angela Walters I am very pleased with my resulting quilt. 
 
 

7 Comments to Pebbles and swirls.... modern quilting:

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Kay Bell on 10 January 2013 13:25
See, I knew you'd love it! It looks great now it's all finished and on the bed.....and by the way, I think this is 'your' style!
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Marci Meyer on 10 January 2013 14:06
This is just gorgeous!! I have to say the quilt top is so pretty - but the quilting you did makes the quilt!
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Linda Craig on 10 January 2013 16:38
Wow, I really love what you did with this quilt! Sooo cool. When the "Modern" quilts first started out I wasn't sure I really liked them, but they have really grown on me. This is a beauty. WTG!
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kristina on 10 January 2013 17:30
Love this! Your pebbles and swirls look fabulous!
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NICOLA on 10 January 2013 20:08
WOW!!! Janette this looks fantastic - I absolutely love it - you must be so pleased with how this has turned out - stunning!
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Annie. Hornsby on 11 January 2013 07:12
A fabulous. quilt Janette. great to see it and chat with you at E&S last night. Have been googling Modern Quilt patterns this morning. Bang goes my fabric moratorium.
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Karen on 11 January 2013 12:35
Janette, awesome quilting! I have Angels's book and love the ideas, I just did quilt with the swirl pattern, thanks for sharing your quilt.
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