(I MQ on a DSM). This is the 3rd, finished project from the gifted, never ending box of scraps. Projects 4, 5, and 6, are in process!!!
DONE - I used my "stuck-in-the-house" time well (2 blizzards), finishing up this quilt, called "Scraps Rule". I used rulers on the lights and free-motion quilting on the dark. Opinion on ruler work ... ??? this is new to me, and it did slow my progress considerably, altho I got faster. I bought one thick ruler just for this project, but used a traditional 2.5 x 6 in. ruler for the most part. The MQ foot that I use glides, does not hop, so my traditional quilting ruler (thin) worked well. I actually broke my expensive
MQ ruler somehow, didn't break the needle,
just the ruler! ARGH ! I glued it back together and still wonder how it happened. The machine quilting foot apparatus somehow came into contact with that thick ruler and WHAM BAM!!! so I'm guessing I put the thick ruler in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The large triangles are 60 degrees, and the smaller triangles are made with the Tri-Recs ruler. The quilt measures approx. 70" x 80".
The finished product is visually pleasing, altho my ruler work leaves much to be desired - no quilt show winner here, yet I consider it's completion an accomplishment, considering the lengthy practicing, rethreading, unsewing, sighs of frustration. I also learned my machine does NOT like to sew in a backward direction when machine quilting.
Here's the back, again making use of stash fabric. It's "almost" perfectly square.
This was inspired by Quiltville.com, a free pattern, altho I always end up going in my own direction, once I get "the bug". Thank you Bonnie Hunter for her fabulous, never-ending ideas.
Tip on making a backing like this. I used MSWord to make a graph with the required visual dimensions, then print it out, color in what squares I have to verify I have enuf of each value. It's worthwhile to consider half squares around the borders. Of course you can just lay them out where they fall but I wanted a defined pattern. Alternating lights and darks would also be cool, or a kind of Trip Around the World or .... and remember you can piece those backing squares as well, or use leftover blocks or ...