WIP Wednesday ~ Quilting Gee’s Geese

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to quilt this top with a close “organic” grid. I have done this on a number of other quilts and really love the overall effect. It gives lots of texture without taking away from the design.

I’ve had lots of questions on this technique in the past, so I thought I would show you how I do this. I do not use rulers or channel locks. I really don’t mark. I look at my pieced top and figure out a starting place that will give me a guideline to star. In this case, I lined up the edge of my foot with the bottom seam of the blocks and started quilting one line in each row within my current quilting area. Like this:

I did make a few tick marks when I first started, just to get an idea of the spacing I wanted. Mostly, I am looking to decide how many rows of lines I want per block. I decided on 5 rows.

Once I had the first lines at the bottom of the geese done, I went back and did one line in the middle of each block and one line just below the bottom seam of the geese.

Then I filled in one row between each line. Working in this fashion, continually dividing the areas up, results in even texture across the surface. When I got to the point shown in the next photo, it was time to advance the quilt and start the process over again.

Of course, when I got to the end, I was really only half done! I took the quilt off the frame, turned it 90 degrees, and reloaded it so I could quilt the lines in the opposite direction.

This isn’t a fast way to quilt, but that glorious texture makes it worth it! I’ll share this as a finish on Friday.

I also finished step one of the Military Mystery. My die cutter sure came in handy for slicing up those strip sets!

Have a great day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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8 Responses to WIP Wednesday ~ Quilting Gee’s Geese

  1. piecefulwendy says:

    I like the grid quilting; it’s just right for the quilt! Can you share the brand of the pen you are using for the tick marks? I’d like to find something with a thin lead like that. Thanks!

  2. Jayne says:

    Your grid quilting is gorgeous and one of my favorite quilt designs. It’s going to be amazing after a wash!!

  3. Susan says:

    Great quilting idea for this, and my favorite – straight line quilting!

  4. Kathi says:

    thanks for sharing how your do your grids Katy… nice technique and similar to what I do… but my way takes even longer and required marking.. I look forward to my next project that needs machine done in this pattern to try some of your shortcuts!
    I have missed your blog as we were preparing for Matthew which came within 5 miles of the coast near our Florida home… we are finally cleaned up from that and ready to move forward.. was nice to have the luxury to blog read today for sure!! Maybe now I can get back to some quilting tomorrow!!! Kathi

  5. Sandra B says:

    Love the grid quilting, Katy!!
    Thanks for the quick lesson on how you do this! While I am predominately a hand quilter, there are times when I do machine quilt…I know I will use this one!!

  6. The grid is beautiful and amazing texture

  7. What a gorgeous result this quilting gives – haven’t tried this yet but will be sure to put it on my to do list!

  8. Oh what beautiful texture, I love your quilting, nice choice!

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