Thursday, 20 April 2017

Chasing the Waves (Again)

Almost a year ago I designed and tested several curve piecing patterns for a workshop at the Eastern branch of Irish Patchwork Society. I left the tops as flimsies so that the participants could see the seams, and so they spend this year as UFOs. Now in my drive to practice FMQ I decided to use my remaining flimsies as well.

dolphin quilt

For the dolphin quilt I used the book Mastering the Art of McTavishing by Karen McTavish. My version of McTavishing is somewhat different because I wanted to retain the piecing lines in the waves and quilt inside each fabric piece.

McTavishing quilting

After a long deliberation I left the dolphin unquilted, although it's a much larger area that I would normally be happy to leave unquilted. I just couldn't think of any way of quilting that would not break the shape and that also would make it pop up.

McTavishing quilting

I like the flowy character of McTavishing and I think it suits the subject here. You can compare the finished quilt with the top here to see how the quilting texture changes the look.

Mc Tavishing quilting

Linking up to TGIFF hosted this week by Ruth at Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
Off the Wall Friday at Creations by Nina-Marie
Freemotion Mavericks at Lizzy Lenard vintage Sewing


  1. This looks amazing. I think the quilting design you used is perfect - it gives the piece the feel of being in the water. This is so inspirational to me!

  2. Beautiful! I love it as a tryptich piece, like fine art! Leaving the dolphin unquilted was the right choice, but I understand your concern. If it were a bed quilt that got washed often, it would be more of an issue. But as a wallhanging, it's just right.

  3. I love the different quilt directions in each of the sections and would love to take your curves class someday! Thanks a million for linking up!

  4. Hello Olena,

    Beautiful shades of blue, and such graceful curves in the outline of the dolphin.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv


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