I made pretty good progress on quilting the Chakra Mini Quilt over the weekend, and I thought I’d share a bit more about the “in progress” portion of quilting these detailed chakra / medallions. I am using my domestic machine, Olive (a Bernina 820), and I have 12wt Aurifil in the bobbin and 50wt on the top. I went through an extensive process to determine that this is the best set up for my machine, and I wrote a guest post for the Aurifil Auribuzz blog about that process: Guest Post: Quilting With Aurifil’s 12wt by Quilting Jetgirl. You may find when trying out different combinations with your machine that 12wt works just fine on the top with a large enough needle (many people have success with a 100 needle).
So after drawing out each chakra and medallion design using a Mark-B-Gone washable marker, I free motion quilt with the drawing up and 50wt on top. The 12wt side will be the “front” when the quilt is complete. Once the quilting is all done, I will wash the quilt top to remove the marker and block it square and flat to dry before trimming square and binding.
Each chakra requires 4 spools of thread: I use a lighter shade of the color on the outside of each chakra and a deeper, richer color for the center. And each color takes 2 weights of thread (12, 50).
Once again, I am loving how the yellow chakra turned out; I did not change its design from the first mini quilt. All the others have new interior motifs this time around.
I really and truly believe that if you can draw it, you can quilt it. If you are hesitant to start free motion quilting, spend some time drawing designs with pencil and paper. Then mark out some of those designs using a marking device on fabric and practice tracing what you have drawn. It’s working well for me on this project, I believe!