|A picture of me riding down the road. I have one of those "funny" recumbent bikes.|
This is the 3rd edition I've made of this quilt. This one happens to be for my friend, Don. I don't think he reads my blog so he's not going to get a spoiler here. My friend, Julie, and I picked up Don on our second BAK back in 2004 at an old ranch and he's been with our group ever since. Don puts up with a lot. He works as a funeral director and sometimes, ok most of the time, we refer to him as the undertaker. I made this quilt top several years ago and then never got around to quilting it. Back then I had to quilt it on my domestic sewing machine and doing a third bicycle quilt on my regular machine seemed too daunting so I put it away. Shame on me. But now that I have my new Innova I was looking forward to quilting that bicycle quilt and doing some custom designs on it.
I knew before I started I wanted to practice making swirls and the fabric in this quilt lent itself to swirls quite well. So I decided I wanted to put the swirls in the border.
|Close up of my swirls.|
|A little blurry but what the swirls look like on the back of the quilt.|
|A photo take a little further out of my swirls and you can see the triangles I quilted in the yellow border to accent the triangles on the border of the fabric.|
There are alternating blocks that make up the quilt. This is the block that is just a fabric square. If you look close you can see I quilted a circle in the middle and added lines to look like bicycle spokes.
|If you look close you can see the bicycle wheel I quilted in the middle.|
|Around the wheel I did these curls that I love to quilt.|
This is the bicycle block. It sets off center. I didn't want to do much quilting on this block because I wanted the bicycle to be the point of focus. I ended up doing echo lines 1/4 inch from each seam. Then on the bicycyle I traced the inside of the bicycle triangle and then added an additional rectangle around the bicycle to stabilize the batting. I tried outlining the bicycle but I didn't like the way it turned out. Maybe if I had microhandles it would have turned out better. But I like the simplicity of this block keeping the focus on the bicycles that I embroidered on my domestic machine.
|One of the 6 bicycle blocks on the quilt.|
Here's what the finished quilt looked like.
|I love this quilt pattern and have the material to make myself one if I ever get around to it.|