I haven’t spent time on my long arm machine in probably two weeks. So before I get back into the grind, I need to take time getting back into the groove. Charity quilts are a perfect way to get the kinks out and get myself warmed up.
So today I spent some time on charity quilts, small ones (which is how I could get so many finished). The next customer quilt I’m going to do (I’m 90% sure) will involve swirls, so I decided to practice them.
In the past, I have executed two different swirls – one with points in the center and the other without, which I call cinnamon bun. I saw another one on the internet recently that had a bit of a tiny circle in the center and thought I would try that one too. I call that one swirls with a pearl.
After quilting and trimming each one, I took a photo of the whole top, the top up close and the backside. So here are the trials:
Quilt 1 (swirls with pearls):
Quilt 2 (swirls with pointed centers):
Quilt 3 (cinnamon buns):
Now that I’ve warmed up, I quilted the swirls with pearls again. So here is quilt 4:
I did one more of the ‘pearls’ after that and for the most part I liked it. I feel like ALL of them still need some work. Good news is I have a tub full of charity quilts I can work out my kinks with!!!
But the point here is that swirls can mean different things, not just one look. Just like loops can be big or tiny or mixed with flowers or dense or loose or double!
Any quilting pattern can really be morphed just a little bit into something else.
Akin to swirls is thumbprints
Just use your imagination, and who knows what you’ll come up with next! Happy quilting!!