Monday, May 26, 2014

Pivoting at corners when quilting and more Godstone Grannies blocks

I've started quilting The Girl's quilt and the plan is to quilt it entirely with concentric rectangles, starting in the center and working out. I'm using the width of my walking foot to stitch the lines. This is easy when there is a seam (or a previous line of quilting) to follow but once I get beyond the corner there is no seam so how do I know where to pivot? Let me show you!

I mark a diagonal line from corner to corner with a fabric safe marking tool. I start stitching and when I hit that diagonal line I know that is the point where I am to pivot and turn my quilt to change the quilting direction.

And this is what the quilted corners look like where I pivoted! I've selected colours of thread to match the stripes so that the quilting stitches don't show. I like the texture of the concentric circles and although the rows of stitching are about 3/8" apart the quilt feels lovely and soft.

I have more Godstone Grannies to share with you but as you will see in a few moments I've got some reverse sewing to do! The first block is the second of a pair of blocks. The center four hexagons are fussy cut but the effect is very subtle.

These two blocks will be filler blocks for the sides.

This is my problem child and it is the second of a pair! I didn't realize I had made a mistake until I looked at this picture! The three white hexagons at the top are in the wrong position. How the heck did that happen? I don't know but I do know that this is a mistake I am going to fix. I've told you before that if I can live with a mistake I just leave it but if the mistake will bother me I fix it. This is one that will bother me!

Time for me to get some more quilting done and maybe a little reverse sewing! Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. hehehe, that took me a while to"see" it. I thought they were fine until i realised you reversed the light and dark motifs. I have done it several times and not noticed until the pic was posted on Flickr. That is a nifty trick marking the mitre to define the turning point.

  2. Hi ! I just realized it, and I would fix it as well, even if the block is wonderful like the other two. The Quilting looks great.!
    Have a nice day!

  3. Great advice. I cant leave an error either. If I know it is there is shouts at me every time I look at it.

  4. It's amazing Karen how taking a photo and looking at it, points out any mistakes that the eye doesn't see straight away.
    Love the block.
    Julia ♥

  5. Thanks for the quilting tip - those straight lines are fun to do but can go awry at the corners. That is a great solution :)

  6. Great quilting tip, Karen. Yep, the camera has saved me a time or two before I got farther in a project.

  7. Thank you for the tip about pivoting when stitching. It was so obvious when you showed the picture, but I never would have thought of it.

  8. Thanks for the tips on pivoting. I love simple techniques that give big results. I share your philosophy on fixing mistakes. I try to ignore most mistakes but there's always the few that I just have to fix or they'll drive me crazy.