Christa’s Quilt Along 4.8 – Sea of Squares Extra Quilting

Can you believe this quilt is almost done? Next week I will show you how to bind it by machine. The following week I will start all over with another brand new quilt-along. Here’s a hint for my next quilt: it requires 1 Jelly Roll and a 1 1/2 yards of background.

Extra Quilting

This week I added tons more quilting to my Sea of Squares quilt. I spent an extra 7 hours gleefully quilting along, adding loads of texture with straight slightly wonky lines using my walking foot. If I had planned ahead I would have quilted about an hour a day for 7 days. Instead, being the procrastinator I am, I did it all in one day, but it was still fun!

Step 1 – Quilting the Sash Rows (1 Hour 45 Minutes)

First I started with what was easy. I quilted parallel lines all going the same direction through all of the skinner sash rows. I worked my way across the quilt, one row at a time, flipping the quilt when there was too much bulk under the machine.

Quilt Parallel Lines

Step 2 – Quilting the Rest of the Rows (5 Hours, 15 Minutes)

Now it’s time to fill in the rest of the space. I quilted the rectangles with lines running perpendicular to the previous quilting lines. For the big squares I alternated directions. I quilted the print squares all one direction, and the solid squares the other way.

Quilt Perpendicular Lines

It was cold that day so I bundled up while quilting!

I wanted to try out the continuous reverse feature on my machine. I can push a button once and it will sew backwards until I push it again to stop (and I don’t have to keep my finger on the button). So I would quilt one line of quilting, then push the reverse button and quilt a line backwards without having to turn the quilt all the way around. It was great!

Reverse Quilting

It took about 1000 yards (2 spools) of thread just for the top. I used the same color in a thinner weight for the bottom so I wouldn’t run out of thread.

Quilting this quilt was very liberating for me. I did not mark the quilting lines because I wanted to add a touch of modernity to the quilt with more organic-looking texture. Once I let go of my perfectionist tendencies and got into the “waviness” of the lines, it set me free to enjoy the process. Jason is always telling me to go bold and let out my inner artist. So now I’m giving you the same permission!

Quitling Makes the Quilt

Be sure to take a look at my flickr group so that you can see the wonderful quilts being made by everyone else. And if you are working through any of my quilt-alongs, I’d love to see your progress!

In fact, Judith shared her version of Sea of Squares in beautiful brown and cream. Notice the wonderful quilting she did with wiggly lines across the surface and quilting motifs in the blocks. I love it when you can really make your quilt your own. Nice job, Judith!

Judith's Sea of Squares

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Quilt Kits are available from my shop for a limited time in these two colorways:

Apple Jacks

Apple Jacks

Sea of Squares

Sea of Squares

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21 Responses to Christa’s Quilt Along 4.8 – Sea of Squares Extra Quilting

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  2. Cindy says:

    How many different patterns are in the charm pack? I may use fabric flats instead. Thanks and what a beautiful quilt

    • Christa says:

      Cindy – I didn’t count them but I want to say about 30 different fabrics. However, you could make it as scrappy or coordinated as you like :-)

  3. Martha says:

    Beautiful quilt. I love the straight line quilting. I wish I had the reverse feature on my machine.
    Looking forward to you post about machine binding.

  4. Looking forward to seeing your binding method, Christa!

  5. joanieinnc says:

    The line quilting is the icing on the cake of your quilt! Love the blues!

  6. Jules says:

    Found you through Sew Cute Tuesday….love this quilt and I really love the quilting….this will be one I make in the future :)

  7. the “straight”lines give it a great effect, imperfection is the key!

  8. Anna says:

    Oooh, I love it! All those lines add such a lovely texture :)

  9. What a fun project this has been to see the progression on! I think its a great QAL. and I can’t wait to see what you do for the next one.

  10. Your blue quilt looks “comfortable” like old blue jeans : ) Very pretty, and the straight lines are…restful.

  11. I love blue and white quilts, and this one is a winner! The quilting design is perfect. I think those lines look pretty straight! Can’t believe they are freehand.

  12. Margaret A (grammamaggie) says:

    I love the extra quilting you’ve done! The alternating direction on the dark/light blocks looks fantastic. Another beautiful job!!

  13. Janine says:

    This is looking great! I love all those blues :)

  14. Lynette says:

    I love blues – this turned out so nice! Love all the quilted lines.

  15. Very nice. Love how you quilted it.

  16. dezertsuz says:

    I enjoyed looking at your quilting photos here. I can’t imagine sewing bundled up like that, though! I think most of the Berninas have that feature for the backstitch. The 153QE has it for sure.

  17. claudia w says:

    That is nice to know. I am looking for a “new” machine. Maybe I can find an older Bernina.
    Love both of these quilts. Both are so attractive in color, and amazing in the quilting!

  18. Christi P. says:

    Curious what type of machine you own…the backwards feature is very intriguing to me. I have a Bernina 440 and think that I might have this feature too but have never used it. I do love your quilting!!

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