‘The Market’ Quilt

Well finally the Caribbean quilt is finished. Now officially and simply named. 'The Market'

My stats tell me I began it on the 13-1-2013.


A few people asked me what size it is, 113 cm X 68 1/2 cm. Its a medium size wall quilt.

The design is similar to paintings I saw in Haiti on a tour and my own illustrations and art expressions.

Its the first quilt I've made on the Sweet 16 and I learned a lot as  went along.

This quilt is to be the raffle quilt of the year for the Quilters Guild of South Australia.

So what did I learn.

1. My stitches were much more to my liking when I was able to change from the standard size 16 needle to a size 12.

Unlike many of the Illustrative raw edge quilt techniques I use sometimes, this is precision stitching right on the edge of the fabric with a thread the same color as the fabric.

The images are illustrated with pigment ink which also blends the thread color to the match the base fabric color.

I want the picture to look like a painting.


2. I don't have a stitch regulator, the stitches are quite even, although I would like to test one just to see the difference.

3. Rhythm in the way you move the quilt is the key.

4. I was uncertain if I could stitch right on the edge of the fabric… and indeed I could quite successfully.

5. The border quilting I began by marking the design with a white pen… but very quickly I found I could work freehand and I enjoyed the experienced more.


I'm anxious to do a series so the sketch book and camera will be getting a lot of use in the next few weeks.

Quilt No 2, was a little different and the second quilt made on the sweet 16.


Part of the Amazing Alphabet series. This quilt is intensively quilted and  I had to be able to quilt fine detail to outline the 'X' and the flags, legs and hands in black.

I was able to achieve that but I have a long way to go before I attempt to use it on the Bayeux Project.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. adamsme says:

    I tried out a Sweet 16 recently at QuiltCon in Austin, TX. My first impression was very favorable. The machine had the stitch regulator but I was working on such a small sample that it was difficult to determine if it would be a nuisance or not. I am no expert in machine quilting, still in the learning phase, but have been able to get my stitches relatively even. You, being a master at machine applique, may find the stitch regulator not helpful. This has been the comment I have heard from several people who are expert and have tried out the regulator. They fell it hampers them and slows them down. Beautiful quilt! The colors and patterns certainly evoke a sense of the Caribbean.

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks for the update… My friend purchased one but hasnt felt the need to use it.
    I think it might just hold me back a little.

  3. Nancy says:

    The Market quilt is wonderful. Did you use the straight stitch or zig zag stitch on the edge? Thanks, Nancy P.

  4. Pam says:

    Morning Nancy.
    its straight stitch. However. some of the black I did a small open zig zag. but I should have stuck to straight stitch.

  5. Nancy says:

    Thanks Pam. I’m going to try that. It was raw edge? What kind of fussible did you use or recomend?

  6. Pam says:

    Nancy, I use steam a seam lite.

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