Okay, so I am happy to finally reveal my Ticky Tack quilt - another custom printed panel design that was designed and quilted by me. This was the first time for me using a printed panel for custom quilting and the fabric is 100% polyester, so it has a new feel for me. The fabric has a soft feel to it and because it is printed on a tight weave fabric, I needed to use a smaller needle (90/14) while quilting, and I used a 60wt glide thread to stitch.
This quilt design, Ticky Tack, comes in 4 different colorways. Surely there is a colorway that works for you.
There was a little bit of a learning curve for me using this fabric, because it is so different from a pieced 100% cotton quilt and the movement is different. However, different isn't bad, it's just something that needs to be tried and tested. I will definitely be quilting up my other design tops as well, I am looking forward to it - I mean, check out that texture! The quilt seriously feels like butter....it's so nice.
What I loved most about this quilt is that every color is a separate part of the design and I didn't have to worry about seams taking away from the quilting. I was able to really play with the quilting design and not have to worry about the distraction of the seams used in traditional piecing.
I used my Quickmark Ruler for the straight line quilting as well as the marking. It was really nice to have the 1 inch slots to work the lines into the design. I had the 1 inch cross-hatch in the yellow areas, the diagonal lines in the yellow and green areas, and the rest of the straight line quilting. It truly is a great ruler to work with during custom quilting and designing. Also, I didn't have any issues with marking this quilt top - I used a purple disappearing marker, which worked on all the colors of the quilt, including the dark blue. The lines came out with a little water and the fabric does not bleed AT ALL - hooray!!
I had a lot of fun with the free-motion quilting as well.
This was the quilting design I used for the majority of the blocks, and it definitely took the longest amount of time. It was worth it though, ahh - that texture!!
The center yellow block was fun because I like to change things up in my quilting designs. It still works with all the other designs, but has its own little flare - and because it is the center of the quilt, it draws your attention to that, which creates a nice balance.
This was the easiest block to quilt up because I quilted the free-motion swirls with a 1/2 inch break line to show off the shape of the Ticky Tack block. The quilting in the white area creates a nice secondary design.
Close up! So gorgeous!
It's hard to not just jump up and down with excitement when looking at this picture! Seriously! I love it, the texture is just amazing and it really brings this quilt top to life.
Of course the back is just as amazing.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this darling quilt top. I hope you quilt up your own! When you do, please share it with me and on social media using the hashtags #tickytackquilt #judimadsen and #honestfabric. You can purchase your own quilt top here.
I am so looking forward to your own design stamp on my quilt top designs.