Recently I’ve come across stunning Fine Line quilts by Kathleen Loomis. I was inspired. I needed to try the technique. I have always been attracted to free form quilt but just couldn’t see myself making one. You see, I like numbers, order. Anything free form, or wonky, just seemed too, well… disorderly. But then I saw these Fine Line quilts, and thought – well, that’s just slashing and sewing. How difficult could it be. So I tried once… then once more (I will show you those in a second). Kathleen Loomis posted a little tutorial here.
But then I thought – if I can do straight lines, why not curved. I had some bias tape left over from the Flutters quilt, I cut it into 1 in wide strips; then I took some linen, 4 different colors to be exact, cut up some squares and slashed away. I figured if I use a 1 in bias tape and make 1/4 in seams, I would not get in trouble with the curves. And here is what I ended up with…
I didn’t use any templates, as you can see, I just put the 4 squares next to each other and slashed curves. I wanted them to be nearly circles, but I didn’t even care if the edges meet. The first square was tricky, and there was a lot of ripping and false starts, but once I got a hang of it, it was all smooth.
Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the progress, because I really just wanted to finish it, and I really wanted to finish it before the Spring break, so I didn’t take any pictures. I didn’t finish it before the break, but I did as soon as we got back. Yesterday.
The quilt is about 21 in square. I didn’t know if it would work, so I wanted something smaller. Initially I thought I would make it into a pillow, but it looks so nice hanging on my wall, that I just made it into a mini quilt.
Recently I noticed I like my quilt fairly densely quilted. The distance between these lines was less than 1/2 in. Quilting linen is a bit tricky as it is stretchy, but all in all not too bad, it is a small quilt after all. I would like to do a bigger version of this… You can easily slash the square multiple times, making concentric or intersecting circles. That would be fun!
OK, and now to those other two “things” I made. I quilted them, but not finished, because I didn’t quite know what to do with them. Minis? Pillows (they are just about the right size)? Or, could I make a few more of these, in different colors and them put them all together in a big quilt – something like “quilt as you go”? I thought that would be fun – you cannot really make a big quilt using this technique – but since I was not planning this initially, and I did not leave any top fabric or batting selvadge, could it be even done? I am not sure, I never made a “quilt as you go quilt” even though I like the basic idea.
6 thoughts on “my very first mini”
Wow!, I like these quilts. thank you for sharing about your exploration with Fine Line quilt designs.
Love these! The quilting looks like it took longer than the piecing, but well worth it!
Probably, but it was just straight lines, and the pieces were small, so it was pretty easy and enjoyable.
I love the two photos a the bottom of your post. I’ve just leant the “slash and sew” technique and you’ve inspired me to use it!
I love both the red and green stack and slash quilts! I’ve pinned them to my “Quilty Goodness” board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you’d like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/
Thanks! I am following you now, I like your board.