Fortunately I had enough leftover strips with some additional piecing to make a second one. This time I decided to quilt it with a walking foot and make curvy, swooping lines diagonally across the quilt. Success! No distortion, no buckling and a nice flat piece.
Here's the finished product, SW #4, Greening Up. I decided to call this series SW (for Skinny Wiggly) and give each one a number and name. I had made two previous quilts using SW's, so they are #1 and #2. The quilt will be faced, the photo is just cropped here. Can you see my swoopy quilting? I used a variegated thread, something I often do.
Here is a detail of the quilting.
I like my backs to coordinate with the front and I often use my hand dyed fabric, as I did here.
And here is the disaster. Can you see you see how it distorted? I decided to capitalize on that scrunched up strip and I stuffed it with fiber fill. I'm calling this one SW #3, Snake in the Grass.
That's the snake on the lower left. I don't know if I'll ever use it for anything. Chalk it up to a learning experience.
By the way, my big quilt looks nothing like these two. I'm calling that one SW #5, Big Green and it's all basted and ready to go. Quilting starts today!
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