Film in the Fridge

20 patch

Today I have another older quilt that I finally finished up! I made this one last December, so definitely not the oldest unfinished quilt in my closet.

I decided to finish it after finding a large cut of fabric that I thought would work for backing. Additionally, I thought it would be a perfect one to try out another quilting design from Jacquie’s book, Walk.

I decided to use this Stem design, which I love. I’ve quilted other quilts using this design in the past, though only as a free motion design. Here’s a quilt I made years ago using a similar quilting design. You can see that quilting this one the way I did gives you a vertical line connecting the petals.

This time I followed Jacquie’s instructions to quilt it using my walking foot, which results in a similar design but without the vertical lines (of course you could easily add the lines at the end if you prefer that look). It’s kind of a toss up as to which was easier to quilt – with the free motion foot it’s easier to maneuver the quilt, but often I find that my stitches aren’t as even as I’d like. It was harder to maneuver a quilt this size using my walking foot, especially when I reached the center of the quilt, but I loved that this design was possible without having to switch to the free motion foot (yes, call me lazy!)

I still don’t know if a 20 patch block is a thing, but I sure like it! I always love pairing fabrics, and it was fun to pull random pieces from my stash and see them all together in this colorful quilt.