Monday, August 22, 2016

Black And White Chevron Quilt

This may not seem enough for a KS quilt but there are 272 seven inch HST's here for oldest Grandson and wife's quilt.
 Here it is ready for the final pressings, once from the back with a hot dry iron to be sure every seam is flat and laying the way it should be and again from the front with a spritz of water on every seam to ensure that there are no folds.
Then I can be sure that there will be no surprise pleats or lumps to misdirect the quilting or break a needle, put my timing out of whack and waste my time fixing it! Better to spend the effort pressing though it is certainly not my favorite part of the process.
 Although I have a large Polder ironing board it's still awkward and labor intensive. pushing all that fabric around
But the results are worthwhile, now it hangs straight and flat and perfectly prepared for quilting. I will order the backing tomorrow and hopefully have it all finished up for delivery next week. I am planning to make shams to match but they will be a fast project.
Now back to the longarm to quilt up a couple of tops while I await the backing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bella Verona

Jennifer's beautiful quilt was a bit of a challenge to quilt - I had planned a semi custom but due to the complexity of the design just could not see how to smoothly transition from a custom border to Edge to Edge, it would have looked ungainly and clumsy, IMO!
I defaulted to feathers, an elegant choice when no other theme seems obvious. The outside borders are a reverse feather design, the large top border and the similar blocks forming the central cross pieces received a feather curl. It's hard to see with the neutral thread but any other color might have been too distracting from the intricate piecing.
Three different feather designs for the various border areas
I was then left with a T shaped area at the outside end of the cross pieces that lacked quilting and considered several options before I settled on crosshatching. I am quite pleased with it, honestly,  I was rather tired of all the feathering!
View from the back shows the feather curls and the space I needed to fill between those and the borders.
Quilting always shows better on the back and makes a whole quilt effect for a reversible quilt!