Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Quilt Finished and Home

Here it is, at long last.  This is Jackie Kunkel's (of CV Quilt Works) Bird of Paradise quilt.  If you are lucky enough to live in Arizona, you'll likely be seeing this in a couple weeks!  You are lucky for many more reasons too, not the least of which is that it's not really winter there!

This quilt is 76-77" square, and is hard to lay out anywhere to see the entire quilt!  Lighting in my hallway is hit or miss.  This is a Judy Neimeyer quilt.  It has a single layer of QD wool batting, and is stitched predominantly with YLI polished poly (my personal fave!) and Glide threads.
 It is so heavily pieced/appliqued, that it is indeed challenging to find places large enough for infusing quilting design into the quilt.  The other thing of difficulty is that many Neimeyer quilts, and this is no exception, are made from batiks, and the prints tend to obscur the quilting.  My client requested denser quilting and ditching so that the appliques and points are preserved.  There was A LOT of ditching - something like 8-1/2 hours!  Many quilters omit ditching out of their personal aversion, but this quilt really needs it.
 The appliques have limited quilting on them.  They are a little stiffer than typical appliques because there is a foundation still in tact.  I wanted some quilting on the appliques, but not enough that I had tension or shredding issues.
I like the color palate of this quilt a lot - would love to see it done in Hoffman 1895's with a less printed look!!
 Jackie has her hand's full getting this bound in just a few days (shall we all say "better her than I"!!), but it should be home today.
 There are a variety of dense fillers to contrast each other.
It was a fun quilt; hope it is liked!

9 comments:

Susan Lawson said...

Wow, it's beautiful! both the quilt and the quilting.

Leeanne said...

This place should be called 'EYE CANDY"..........beautiful!

Jackie Kunkel said...

It is not just liked, it is LOVED!!! Thank you for such and AWESOME job and turn around! My hubby and I were admiring your handy work and it is phenomenal... KUDOS!!

April Wells said...

Wonderful work, I always love your post

Phyllis Baas said...

Beautiful quilting and beautiful piecing!

Michele said...

It really turned out fabulous!

Barb N said...

OMG, 8.5 hours of just stitching in the ditch - awesome! The entire quilt is beautiful!

LynCC said...

Your work on this Hosta is so pretty, Margaret! It's very refreshing to see a custom approach instead of the computerized sets that can be purchased for the Niemeyer quilts (although those are beautiful, as well, it's just always the same thing).

KaHolly said...

WOW!