I usually start off with the finished quilt but in this post wanted to show how I quilted two quilts with one load (for beginner quilters - I know the more experienced quilters will have this well in hand).
I had a piece of wide backing - but it still wouldn't be wide enough for two quilts both about 5' wide so I added another 18" or so on to one end (it's what I had left) - more would have been better so I stitched my leader on to the top end so I could start about an inch down from the top of the backing. Above is the hounds-tooth quilt finished to the bottom of the quilt.
Instead of taking the finished quilt off the frame, I loaded the second quilt - about an inch below the first quilt.
Then I just kept on quilting until I finished the second quilt and took both quilts off the frame, trimmed, bound (machine bound! something I don't usually do - but for these ones, I didn't want to spend a lot of time - wanted to get them done!) and labeled - done! Yay!
I started this one as a class demo. I'm in a UFO finishing frenzy so finished piecing it a few weeks ago and put it in the "to be quilted box". I grabbed it a few days ago to quilt. I'm calling it Jazz Hound.
It's quilted with straight lines spaced at 1/2". I didn't mark, just used the markings on my ruler. Horizontal in one set of blocks, vertical in the other - white or coloured depending on the viewing direction.
This is the second quilt - I'm calling it Lava Lamp. It's a pattern called Whisper by Toby Lischko. I had a lot of fabric left from the Bethlehem Star quilt I made a couple of weeks ago so wanted to use it up. This was my attempt at that - but I still have a fair bit of it left! I'll have to think of something else. 😎
I didn't want to spend a lot of time on this one but I did want the wavy shapes to be emphasized. I stitched the ditch between the "white" and coloured fabrics. Then in the "white", I did wavy lines at about 1/2" intervals - maybe a bit more. Then in the coloured parts I did very large pebbles - sort of like lava lamp bubbles. 😎 Piano key lines in the border. Nothing measured - I just stitched in the stripes.
For both quilts I used yellow Masterquilter thread by Wonderfil. I haven't used Masterquilter much because I have tons of Glide but since both of these will be gifted as "utility" quilts, I thought it was a good opportunity to try out this thread. It runs well in my machine so I would give it a thumbs up. The thing about Masterquilter is that there is a limited number of colours and it's a matte finish. Neither of these things is a problem as long as you can find a colour that works and don't mind the matte finish. I like Glide because it has a shiny finish, but that's just my personal preference. And there are many more colours to choose from.