Monday, May 28, 2007

String Spools, and Dove in the Nest



If it hadn’t been for ALL of you, encouraging me to finish this little quilt that didn’t seem to have much potential, I wouldn’t have this lively little FINISHED project! THANKS! “You don’t know how it will look until it’s finished!” I almost didn’t follow my own advice!

It’s quilted it in a playful swirls, with bright “King Tut” brand, variegated #40, thread. It took a little practice on my Magna Doodle to get the pattern ingrained on my brain, but once started, I couldn’t stop. (I'm still practicing my machine quilting on my domestic machine. The heavy quilting tends to blend the many colors. This was a delightfully entertaining project to quilt, with each border quilted in a different pattern. The binding was finished tonight while DH was watching a too-complicated espionage movie on TV, and I was trying to spend some quality time with him. (Does that count as quality time?)


This little Mama dove is almost totally hidden, yet is 6 feet from my eyes. When I unfurled my quilt for the photo, she flew away - I felt TERRIBLE! But she'll be back, and we can watch her family grow.

16 comments:

sMC said...

Elaine, I love the quilt. Your quilting is marvellous, an inspiration for me to practice more. Have found an old telephone book, so as my sewing machine is on sebatical until the No2 son returns to his home, I can spend time cutting the pages, sorting the fabrics and strip cutting them. Thank you for inspiring me this way. The little Dove is beautiful, just made her out.

Su Bee said...

MAGNA doodle?! How cool! I have one of those in the grandkids toybox; what a good idea. I love the heavy quilting like that, and the King Tut thread is the best. Congratulations!

Connie said...

The quilt looks great. King Tut thread is the greatest, it's my favorite of all threads on my longarm.

atet said...

Thanks for the magna doodle idea -- dd will love playing with it when Mommy isn't busy with it! Hehehehe!

I'm so glad you finished this one, it really is a knock out. And yes, sitting with your husband and stitching a binding while he watches a complicated movie DOES count as together time!

joyce said...

Well done on the quilting. It looks fantastic!

Nancy said...

I'm so glad you stuck with this. See it really did turn out nice after all. :-)

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

You finish things so quickly Elaine. How are the ducks getting on?

Dawn said...

I love your swirls on it and I think the quilt as a whole is WONDERFUL! I'm glad you finished it - it is way too good to not finish.

Nellie Bass Durand said...

You're still thinking spools? even though you quilted wind patterns? There is a crisp/clean/joyous feeling to this quilt. I like your choice of dark blue for the borders.

Fiona said...

I love those swirls - though I'll bet they are harder to quilt than they look.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

It IS pretty! Great job with the finishing, the quilting, the pieced border double framed by dark fabric - and bright binding!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Mary said...

Very cute - love the swirls.

gwen said...

Congratulations on your finished quilt. It is beautiful and the quilting a happy match! I like King Tut as well especially for machine quilting. And the variegated threads are all so nice, like sweets. Take care.

Owens Family Adventures said...

I love the quilt!! I love how it was quilted too. Great job!!!
Don't you just love having a family of birds to watch in the spring??! I have a family of pigeons right outside the bedroom window that I am fascinated with. Good times!! It's really a blessing when you can enjoy the little things that life has to offer.
Have a great day!!
dawn

KCQuilter said...

Ooooh, that turned out so pretty! Love your swirly quilting on it.

Tonya R said...

That border really works and the quilting brings it all together. Looks great.