I proudly present the Crazy Women quilt top. This means that I'm halfway through the process of making the quilt. I've pieced the top, and once I add wadding and backing, I need to quilt it, i.e. to secure it by stitching designs through all three layers. That is the part I'd love advice on. I've cross-posted this from a quilting community, so it gets a bit technical in some places, but don't worry if you don't understand bits, they're just there in case there are any quilters reading. The important bit I'm asking about is the quilting motifs, which will look like a broken line of thread (running stitch) in a fairly thick thread that should show up well.
The colours are a bit more vivid than that, reds are a bugger to photograph. There are four sashing fabrics used: a flowery orange, a patterned deep pink, a saltwash red and a saltwash orangey-red which is largely very similar to the red fabric. The last two were used as the borders as well. The blocks range from 6" to 11.5", and there's a 12" block in three pink fabrics which look very similar to one another which I plan to turn into a matching cushion. The sashing ranges from 1.5" to 3.25", and the borders are 4". There are four little mini-block pieces added to fill out gaps in the sashing, which are all single pieces of batik and about 3-4".
The backing will be plain red. I am planning to do a scrappy binding using various pinks, oranges and purples, probably 1/2" wide so you really see it.
For quilting, it won't be too dense as I'm still doing this by hand and some of those blocks are pretty hard to get a needle through, my own included. I am now very grateful that most people scorned tradition and didn't use a foundation! I am planning to tryin big stitch quilting (hand quilting) using perle #8, which I have in dark red, bright red, hot pink, light pink, purple, marigold orange/yellow, and cream.
Any thoughts on the quilting motifs? The Yoni Challenge
is quite inspirational in this area. Right now I'm thinking of doing a single small motif in the centre of each block, and then more motifs in the sashing and borders. Blocks which need more attention: the top right one, which is monochrome, and the second from the left on the second row up, which doesn't have much value contrast.
This quilt is the result of an international block swap, so I only made one of the blocks and then put them all together. It will be going to Forward UK
, an African Diaspora women led UK-registered campaign and support charity dedicated to advancing and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of African girls and women (warning: if you click on the "FGM and key issues" link it gets fairly explicit). Presumably they will raffle it off or similar to raise money. I've just e-mailed them to double check that they don't want me to tone it down, but considering what they work with, I doubt they'll be bothered. That said, I just did a version of this post on a certain nameless quilting board, and it got several warm responses before the mod deleted it without warning, as apparently it's deeply obscene!