Good Morning, Quilters!
Today we have a turtle quilt in progress and I need some advice!
The turtle was pieced and gifted to me by my friend, Kelly Ashton of KellyQuilter.com
Kelly Ashton-Quilter Extraordinaire
Kelly is a fabulous instructor! Her in-person classes are THE BEST!
Until guilds re-open…she offers several Bluprint classes. I highly recommend her latest class, The Machine Quilter’s Toolbox
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Kelly covers all the essentials in this class: Batting, Basting, Marking, Threads, Machine Tips and Quilting Accessories. I particularly like her explanation of batting types.
The Turtle Quilt
Kelly and I collaborated on several quilts a few years ago. She pieced. I quilted. I told her one of the quilts reminded me of a turtle…
So she changed the colorway and made this turtle for me!
Like most quilters, I struggle with choosing the right motif for my quilts.
I think the best thing is to just start-and with each project decide what worked and what didn’t work.
I really like the shell and the arms and the legs. (I used a stencil to mark the circles in the light green.)
However, I’m not sure I like the blue background quilting. And I wish I’d added a quilted tail.
I haven’t decided how to quilt the “face”. Eyes can be tricky so I’m not sure I will add them. Perhaps just texture for the head?!
And should I tear out some of the quilting–something I almost NEVER do—-to add a quilted tail?
What do YOU think?
If you love turtles–and who doesn’t? You might also like Tommy the Turtle
And one of my kid’s favorite books: Franklin
What about YOU?
Do YOU ever struggle with which motif to choose?
Do YOU ever tear out machine quilting?
Are turtles your symbol right now (slow and steady)?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Slowing down in Minnesota Quarantine,
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