Every year the Modern Quilt Guild does a fabric challenge leading up to Quiltcon. I’m always up for some free fabric and the challenge to design something. This year I really wanted to do something with text. I’ve seen so many quilts with letters floating around I wanted to try my hand at it.
I had the idea to do grace upon grace upon grace, based on the verse from John 1:16. I ended up using all the fabrics included in the challenge and had to track down some more grey in order to finish up the quilt.
I asked around within my own guild if there was anyone who could do some free-motion text for the quilting and finding no-one I decided I would try to tackle it myself. I practiced tracing the text and ended up doing better just free handing it. I wrote the bulk of the verse: Out of his fullness we have all received” over and over again. I don’t know that free-motion quilting is going to be the norm for me, but it really was so exciting to see it all come together and actually work!
I texted in between the words and opted to not put the quilting on top – I just thought it would distract too much from the grace text. For the words grace, it wasn’t really planned piecing so much as just trying to fit all the pieces together and fill them in to make blocks.