Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ready for binding and the label

The quilting is done, and I chose a small-scale taupe geometric print for the binding.  The 10 WOF strips are seamed, pressed, and the binding goes on next. 

This will be done in time for a retirement party presentation this Wednesday.   Deep in my box of preprinted labels,  I found yardage of some elegant, feminine, all-neutral labels from RJR called "Valentine."  I need a large label to have enough room for the info I want to put on it.  


My HQ Sweet 16 quilting machine worked like a charm on this sizable project.   The center medallion section, as far as the darker "woodpile" blocks, is quilted more tightly and densely than I had intended.  It kind of got away from me.   I don't mark anything.  I just start quilting.  And that's where it led me -- to very dense quilting.

By the time I realized what I was doing, I had to keep going. After that center section, I gradually decreased the density of the quilting.  The edges of the quilt are lying flat, and there are no puffy or weird spots, so slowly decreasing the density of the quilting worked. 

In the dark round of "woodpile" blocks, I stitched groups of arcs, row by row.  They look like scallops or small-scale clam shells.  In the 40 stars, I stitched double loops with a meandering line.

The outside border blocks have a single line of white, curving stitching through the white chain.   Then I stitched "radio static" (a FMQ design by Leah Day), leaning left or leaning right in alternating sections. 

I've packed up my neutrals and most of them will stay hidden for a while.  But I definitely want to make another neutral quilt some day.  

20 comments:

Lesley said...

This is an amazing quilt,a work of art. You must be so proud...it is such an accomplishment!

Quilt Hollow said...

You were fast and it is lovely.

Karen said...

I am so happy for you- this is a wonderful quilt!

Dee W said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! I'd be a happy recipient of this that's for sure. Congratulations on a very successful finish!

Barb said...

Your quilt is just wonderful!

Jeanna said...

Your quilting came out just lovely! Mid-arm, long-arm, you can't tell the difference. Such an elegant quilt and I'm sure the recipient will love it.

Have a great week and good luck with the binding!

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love your neutral quilt--I fear I would have lost my concentration long before it was pieced. I can see that it was the perfect medium to balance with really wonderful quilting! Have fun with the binding. I'm sure it will be hard to say goodbye to it.

Lynn said...

Lovely!

Needled Mom said...

It looks fabulous and your quilting looks wonderful on it.

Exuberant Color said...

Congratulations on getting that quilting done. It looks good and I'm sure it's a relief that it came out so well. You really stuck to your schedule. I give you an A+.

Raewyn said...

Fantastic - the quilting is great (as is teh whole quilt) - It doesn't seem to have taken you long to master your Sweet 16 machine.

AnnieO said...

Clapping for you! The variety in textures just complements the logs and stars wonderfully--this is a terrific lesson in going with the flow in quilting! Love the radio static at the edges and the tighter, fancier quilting in the center. That worked out so well! A major accomplishment all around, Vivian :)

Janet O. said...

You don't mark anything? What a brave woman, but for you it obviously works.
I can't believe you haven't machine quilted since December! This is an amazing job. Wish you were nearby and could give me lessons. I struggle so to choose patterns and then I get chicken to try them for fear I will "ruin" something. The quilting looks great--what a lovely job you have done on the whole project!

Merilyn said...

OMGosh! Vivian, your quilting of this quilt is amazing, I love what you have done there, beautiful work!!! What an awesome project and nearly done too, you'll definitely make the deadline!!!!

Me and My Stitches said...

I have loved watching this quilt come together and am still in awe of how you can choose fabrics for a neutral quilt! It is absolutely wonderful!

Wendy said...

Simply gorgeous!

Barb said...

congrats on finishing! whew! you must be so happy with it. What a general gift.

M and M plus 3 said...

Truly amazing Miss Vivian. I can't wait to see it tomorrow night in person! I can't believe your quilting on this, just amazing.

Lisa said...

It has been so much fun watching this project come together. Your quilting is amazing!! Well done!

Lori said...

Fantastic! I knew you could get it finished in no time!!

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