Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winter Snow & Ice

I just quilted this 30"x36" wallhanging for a client.  It's one of my favorite quilts to do in a long time.  Small enough to hold my interest, and when they are smaller, it is easier to put detail in without feeling innundated.  I used 2 batts since it's a wallhanging.  There's a layer of poly on top of the normal Hobbs 80/20 to give the extra relief to the details.  This quilt is kind of in the style of Louisa Smith's strips and curves method, with the kaleidoscope circles/snowflakes.  It's incredible how a printed fabric can piece to make so many intricate shapes.
I stitched using a metallic silver thread from Wonderfil.  I am very pleased with how this thread stitched.  I had only one break, which is not my typical experience with metallic threads.  They sell several threads that I have enjoyed using.
The snowflake blocks are actually only made from 8-45degree wedges, despite appearing more complicated.  I simply outlined some of the key lines in the geometry and let the fabrics do the rest.
 Her backing fabric has the butterflies, so I chose to outline just this one butterfly for fun.
 Rather than doing a ton of SID on all the 1/2" strips, I stitched a squiggly line down the center of them.  If gives a very textural look to the quilt.  All circles and blocks are ditch stitched though.
 The back shows the variety of fillers - feathers, swirls, curls, pebbles, squiggles.
Now, I'm off to run a few quick errands, and then onto her 2nd quilt...a lovely NYB.

7 comments:

Geta Grama said...

Fabulous quilt and quilting; incredible details on such small size. beautiful!

regan said...

Just the right amount of quilting.....and yeah, that fabric was awesome! Another beauty!

Leeanne said...

I love what you have created, I like the butterfly popped into the design.

LynCC said...

Very nice job, both of you! Love that butterfly. :D

Queenie Believe said...

A perfect matching of quilt top and quilting.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Wow! Such a gorgeous quilt! You did a great job!

Sue said...

Beautiful piece and your quilting makes it shine without overpowering the design or fabrics.