? MODERN MYSTERY QUILT
by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr
In 2012 I made the top and the bottom of this quilt. One side was the modern mystery and the other side was Storm at Sea. This quilt was a UFO because I had trouble getting the two sides together. I added a burgundy Damask border to the Storm at Sea side. The border was over sized to facilitate sandwiching. I always have an extra 2 to 6 inch on the backing and then cut of the excess. I had in my mind that Modern Quilts were often solids. My brother had given my sister-in-law's stash to my sister and I. Among the fabric was a bunch of solids. Someone told me that she used this fabric to make flags. I remember a time when people commonly displayed flags/banners/pennants outside their houses. This fabric is heavy like denim or canvas and I wonder if it is water resistant. I measured the sides, top and bottom and cut them accordingly. The Damask is just a regular cotton and the print is also a regular cotton. The Damask looked rippled...almost gathered. It was not right and I was not sure what I could do to improve the situation so there it sat in the UFO piled. I decided to tackle the problem and right or wrong do something. Plus I wanted a quilt to practice my machine quilting. I took the border off and starched it and rechecked the measurements. They seemed OK so I just reattached them. They still rippled but less so. I sandwiched it by basting with water soluble thread.
Modern Mystery Side
Storm at Sea
When I made the Rami Kim Quilt I used circular spiral quilting. I had seen an episode on theQuiltShow.com and decided I would try it. I really liked the result. It dawned on me that I had taken a Craftsy class so I reviewed the course with Jacquie Gering and decided to try a diamond spiral pattern. I used a 35 weight polyester Superior Variegated Thread.I was at home and my Bernina was at my mother's so I quilted it on my Tiara using my echo-foot.
I have done very little on the Tiara and was thrilled that I had the opportunity so to do. My quilting is pretty wobbly and my stitch lengths vary quite a bit but it was great practice. I really love the result. To do the diamond spiral one is supposed to mark a vertical and horizontal center. I decided to forgo that and just use seam lines. Where there was an expanse with no marking a drew a shot line or a dot.
My quilting rulers were at mom's so to assist with my stitching I grabbed my blade sharpener that was thick enough to serve as a guide. I would lay it on the previous stitching line and run the echo foot up against it. I was wishing I had my Line Tamer ruler.
Then on to the binding. I started to hand sew the binding but this fabric is so heavy. I remembered from a class I took on machine quilting. She uses a double buttonhole machine stitch to attach her bindings. I decided that I would try that. I quite like the result.
I used these settings on my Bernina.
And a 20D foot. I figued out that if I allign the stitching line on the left inside foot that the stitching will line up nicely on the other side.
I had trouble at the corners. I had to muscle it about to get it to continue stitching. I wonder if it was hanging up on the even feed somehow. I just could not figure out what the problem was. I had no problem turning the corner but after I turned the feed dogs did not advance the quilt. Binding a quilt takes me days by hand. Doing this by machine I think made the binding secure. I decided that this quilt needs to be a picnic quilt or a beach rug or something for the family pet to use. I am thrilled that it is done. This quilt is definitely a two sided quilt. The quilting complements both sides equally well. I did not look at the Modern Quilt Side until it was done. I was well pleased. Now on to the next unfinished project.