Monday, March 14, 2011

Sweet Quilt

This is a first time client. She was a little nervous about leaving her quilt with someone new, needing to explain all of the previous quilters's inadequacies as she did. It kind of makes me nervous that someone would have such bad luck or maybe the bad luck is mine and she's just picky, who knows. This is a nice lap quilt that is beautifully pieced. I wasn't crazy about some of the fabrics initially, but it has certainly grown on me. It is a great example of how pretty a very simple quilting pattern can turn out.
Sorry this is upside down! I did have fun choosing and combining florally and geometric designs. I love it when they are used together to help the eye to jump around. Too many feathers is just busy. You cannot see the beauty of each element if they all run together. So I reserved feathers only for the outer white-ish border and the feathered heart blocks.
The fabric of the setting triangles is busy and I thought it might be hard to see what I was doing so I just did the cross hatching.
I love how the two narrow borders came out. I didn't want to break it up too much and use 2 separate patterns, so I designed it to work for both dissimilarly sized borders.
I used a Hobbs 80/20 batting and Superior SoFine threas (ivory and sage green). I designed the pattern for the pieced blocks so it could be stitched continuously. I might have done quilting in the creamy colored triangles, but it's a lap quilt and I just decided it had enough stitching.
I have my quilt on the frame now (one with the grapes). With nearly 5 hours of stitching behind me, I can say that I have made a dent in it. It is rather small, only 42" square, so I don't think it is a quilt I will stitch on indefinitely. I hope to get it to a good point where it can come off the frame later this week, and move on to paying clients :-) It's fun to quilt for myself, but it does not pay the bills.


Linda said...

You did a beautiful job on the quilting!! Yes!! The top was lovely before, but now it's amazing!! I'm you turn your quilts when you do the borders, like this one with the feathers??

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

Lovely job, great work!

Kathy said...


Trudi said...

You've done a wonderful job quilting this quilt, I'd be more than delighted :)

Emma said...

I really like what you did with the pair of pink and green borders!