Loading the next Quilt of Valor, this one is a really nice diamond pattern. The red, white and blue prints go really well together. The pattern is so simple, just large half square triangles arranged in a nice pattern with red squares.
Loading it on the longarm, ready to begin quilting. I auditioned thread, and decided on red for a bit of punch on the white areas.
This one had a different issue that I have frankly never seen before. The middle border is larger than the outer border.
I think part of the reason that this happened, is the quilter used bias seams in the borders. I have no idea why piecers do this. You need a bias seam in binding, but not in borders. Using straight border seams to join border strips will result in a more stable border, just like piecing the blocks.
Luckily, a bit of stretching of the final border and steaming the middle border flattened it out for easier quilting. I stitched the edges down to hold it in place.
The backing gave me a bit of a fit in the quilting process. These raveling edges produced strings that got wrapped around the encoder wheels on the longarm machine head, and made a mess with the quilting. There was a section I had to take out, as the machine started skipping stitches and not sewing at all while I moved the head. When the encoders don’t spin, the machine doesn’t stitch. If you have a backing like this, pink the edges to prevent the raveling.
With this linear pantograph, it was so obvious when a glitch happened.
The pantograph is a modern design called Contempo by Lorien Quilting. I thought it would be suitable for a more masculine design.
It does well with the backing too, a perfect starry print for this QOV.
Aurifil in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin, made for subtle quilting.
Here’s a closer look at the corner.
Once again, my favorite thing to do is pick threads that show in the backgrounds of the piecing and blend with the colors in the quilt top.
Even though the pantograph is quite linear, I think it works well with this design. So, all done and ready to give back to the piecer for binding.
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