Three Flocks - Meandering Loops Quilting Detail

Three Flocks {Quilting Progress}

I had a very nice weekend working on the quilting of Three Flocks. This is the largest quilt that I have quilted on my home machine to date at 65″ wide by 88″ long, and so far it has been going just fine. It took me an hour to pin baste the layers in preparation for quilting. I love how the pins sparkle in photos.

Three Flocks - Pin Basted

Three Flocks – Pin Basted

I found a YLI variegated green thread (Forest) and variegated pink thread (Coral) that match the top and bottom sides of the quilt, respectively. To begin, I started with some straight line stitching to echo the flying geese “V” pattern with offset lines from the seams. Then I went back and closed out the design with offset stitching from the horizontal seams.

Three Flocks - Flying Geese Quilting Detail

Three Flocks – Flying Geese Quilting Detail

Three Flocks - Flying Geese Quilting Detail

Three Flocks – Flying Geese Quilting Detail

Quilting over the HSTs on the back required a bit of time and patience. Between the flying geese on the top and the HSTs on the back, there is a lot of seam bulk there. I changed out my sewing needle and knew that I would just need to go slow when working in that area, and the results are pretty nice so far.

Three Flocks - Flying Geese Quilting Detail

Three Flocks – Flying Geese Quilting Detail (View on Backing)

I decided to fill in the rest of the negative space on the top with large meandering loops.

Three Flocks - Meandering Loops Quilting Detail

Three Flocks – Meandering Loops Quilting Detail (Front)

Three Flocks - Meandering Loops Quilting Detail

Three Flocks – Meandering Loops Quilting Detail (Back)

I have spent 4 hours on the quilting so far, with most of that time (3 hours) being spent on the straight line stitching for the flying geese. With all the starting and stopping, I had a lot of threads to keep track of and bury. I really do prefer to bury my threads as I work to keep things tidy. I have spent an hour quilting the meandering loops and have about a quarter of that complete on the quilt. So hopefully in another 3 hours I will be ready to trim the quilt and bind it! I saved enough of the various shades of pink from the flying geese to use as a pieced border, and I think I will be machine binding this quilt.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend as well. Did you get to do or work on anything fun this weekend?

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0 thoughts on “Three Flocks {Quilting Progress}

  1. What did I work on this weekend? I did some EPP on the plane.
    I was in a Canadian fabric store today and saw some constellation fabric that made me think of you. It glows in the dark – a little bit of shine, like your sparkly pins.

  2. sally says:

    That’s looking so neat, especially for such a large quilt, very impressive!

  3. Judy says:

    Wow, Yvonne, you had a very productive weekend! The quilt is looking amazing 🙂 I typically don’t find that bigger quilts are more difficult to quilt, just more ‘puddling’ going on around the machine. . . and me! haha This is going to be a fabulous quilt!

  4. Beth S. says:

    Wow! I really like those big loops; putting them close together like that gives it an almost pebble feel and really fills in all that space. I love that you use variegated threads and the quilt is looking gorgeous!

  5. Cheryl says:

    I love the the pinks on that emerald green background and the quilting design is very cute too!

  6. Jasmine says:

    Wow! I am always too worried to mix dark and light threads, but this looks amazing. Have fun quilting. 🙂

  7. Jan O says:

    Looking good! You did an awesome job matching the angles of the front and the back – the quilting that follows the front is completely parallel to the back. The points of the Vs are perfect!

  8. Ruth says:

    Love the first photo of the pins! I really like this pattern and what you are doing with the quilting!

  9. Liz says:

    Nice choice for the quilting. I think it’ll make the focal geese really pop! Can’t wait to see this one completed! And nice job with such a large quilt. I’ve got a beast that is all basted but I am hesitant to wrangle through my home machine!

  10. It looks fantastic! The meandering loops are brilliant!

  11. Renee says:

    Oh it looks lovely so far! I like how you mixed straight line and FMQ!

  12. kittywilkin says:

    This is looking great!! I’m so impressed that you are (very successfully) quilting such a large quilt on your home machine. The biggest quilt I’ve done so far was 50″x50″ and I thought THAT was crazy hard to maneuver!! You’re awesome!

  13. Sandra :) says:

    WOW. Just … WOW! You’ve done and are doing an incredible job – my shoulders are aching just thinking of how much work you’ve put into that beauty! What a fun way to spend the weekend!

  14. Vera says:

    Looking good! No haven’t touched the machine over the weekend 🙂

  15. Christine says:

    Wow! The quilt top is amazing, and the quilting just makes it so much more so. Love that backing too! Beautiful work!

  16. Nurdan says:

    Your quilt looks great Yvonne! I like the loopty loop on the negative space. Gives the quilt a move!

  17. This looks great! Your piecing is spot on 🙂

  18. Joanna says:

    Loving your quilting! And your loops are so round!! Looks great so far!

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