I have had the pieced High Road Low Road quilt hanging on my design wall for several weeks. I finished the two customer quilts that had priority for quilting at the end of last week, so I was able to load High Road Low Road onto my long arm and think about the direction I wanted to take the quilting this past weekend. It has been a while since I worked on this quilt, and I started thinking about the inspiration behind my fabric pull for the quilt: a beautiful weekend spent in Monterey with my family in March. The flowers were blooming!
And when clouds were not rolling through, the sky and sea were a glorious shade of blue.
With Ira Glass’s advice about continuing to do work to close the gap fresh in mind as well, I knew I wanted to put some free motion quilting effort into the quilt.
I went with a bold thread choice as well: 50wt Aurifil 2535 (Magenta), and I love how it pulls the brightness of the piecing into the background. I started with the blowing wind at the top of the quilt and will be progressing and changing the quilting motif as I shift down the length. My plan is to end with quilted flowers.
I love crawling around on the floor to get a peak at how the backing looks (it has also helped me find and fix bad tension on more than one occasion). I think that leaving the angled piecing un-quilted but outlined is going to be a good balance.
Side Note: So, I have a finished quilt I can’t wait to share with you, but it has been windy in my area. And while it is normal for it to be pretty windy, it has been hard to go for walks into this level of wind and getting an outdoor quilt photo shoot complete is currently out of the question. Winds like this happen fairly regularly here, but for the fun of it I thought I would copy the wind advisory from yesterday that is active through today to share.
Yup, wind gusts of up to 70 mph! Spring time around here means more of this kind of weather, so we’ll see what gives out first: continued sustained high winds or my desire to blog about a finished quilt. Hopefully my patience can hang in there and I won’t have to post photos of the quilt laying on my living room floor. 🙂 Oh, and I finally got my windshield replaced from a windstorm in 2013 like this that pitted it really badly. Hopefully I won’t need to be driving through a sea of pebbles this time!