27 Jun

Amish Drag Racing in the Southwest

Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? But, that’s what I’m calling this quilt; Amish because of the solids with black, Drag Racing because it started as a Jelly Roll race, and Southwest because I think it’s got a big helping of Hopi blanket aesthetic. So, it’s a bit nonsensical too.

Wonky, but cool

The quilt really did call out for straight line quilting on the diagonal. Despite the fact that it wonked the quilt crazy out of square, I still think it was the right way to go. It does reinforce though, that my quilting skills can always use improvement — I gotta get better at keeping the bulk and weight of the quilt evenly distributed so I don’t get such uneven stitches, funky turns, and stretched out shapes.

Amish Drag Racing in the Southwest

It doesn’t look so bad on a bed though. The wobbles are minimized. It will look even better as a hangs-on-the-back-of-the-couch lap quilt.

Amish Drag Racing in the Southwest

The solution, thanks to Judy, was to add a border or frame and trim THAT square. Yes, I’ve embraced the wonkiness of this — Gee’s Bend, eat your hearts out.

15 thoughts on “Amish Drag Racing in the Southwest

  1. Either you are a brilliant photographer or your quilting is fine just as it is 😉 and your naming skills are impeccable too …

    I would never dare to attempt this type of quilting on such a scale, my OCD nature means it would land me in the looney bin. Our solution to the non-squaredness of that square is brilliant.

  2. I just got back from a family road trip to Hopi land and love your quilt!

    Decades ago, I joined my first and last quilt block exchange groups. I had to go
    with diagonal sashing, too, as an antidote to the wonky squares.

  3. Compliments on your choice of colors for the homemade jelly roll. So much more interesting than anything one can buy “ready made”.

    Great next steps as well. Thanks for sharing your problems as well as the solutions.

  4. I love this quilt!!! Your triangles on the side add a lot of interest, and the colors are wonderful.

  5. I love the idea of using that black border to straighten up the wonkyness, although I can’t really see any of it. I’ll just have to take your word for it being there in the first place 😉
    The quilt looks great on the bed, the colour placement keeps it interesting and your straight line quilting enhances the design. Great quilt!

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