Saturday, July 04, 2009

Lavender Meadows - DONE

Did you know that it IS possible, if you have an auto-threader on your machine, to actually thread your machine needle with the BOBBIN thread when using invisible thread in the top? Yes, it can be done (once). I actually had the mental acuity to stop and think, "now how could this mishap be used to advantage?" I could not re-create it though! 8-)))

I've not blocked this quilt, nor washed it yet.

This kaleidoscope quilt (#5 or 6?) was supposed to be a collection of samples for a workshop, but it was impossible not to complete the whole quilt. Guess I'll make another strata set tonight. I am tempted to use really ugly fabric to force myself to leave it as an unfinished SAMPLE, and not a finished project.

The narrow border quilting pattern is my own, and is one of the first ones I learned. It's amazing the variety leaves can take - wide, narrow, long, viney, or heart-y.


Sometimes, when machine quilting, the borders kinda pooch up - don't like that! - so I run a line of invisible stitches along the border, if I am quilting each one as a separate unit.

The quilting pattern for the main part is a kind of Loosey-Goosey feather from PatsyThompsonDesigns.com. The blue border quilting pattern is 3-5 shell shapes. It's easy to 'travel' with this shape.

17 comments:

Vicki W said...

Great quilt and quilting!

Nancy said...

Thanks for posting close-ups of your quilting and technique. The quilt looks great.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such a beautiful quilt!!! You did an outstanding job on the quilting :-)

paula, the quilter said...

Your quilting is getting SO GOOD! Great job!

Barbara said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your talent always inspires me to keep trying and maybe someday I'll come close to what you are able to accomplish with your quilting. Thanks.

Diana said...

The quilt itself is beautiful, and your quilting is awesome!

Exuberant Color said...

I always ditch quilt my borders and block seams first and then it lays down nicely for quilting. By the way you did a great job on that one.

Anonymous said...

Elaine:
Did you do those heart shapes by hand?
Good job. Obviously of professional quality.


Anonymous

Joyce said...

Very creative quilting. It makes me think I should move beyond meandering.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I am going to try running a line of stitching along the border next time - thanks for the tip! Would love to see your "ugly" stratta and I just bet that once you get it made up you will quilt it! Your quilting is lovely!

LC said...

Great job, Elaine! I'm convinced there are no 'ugly' fabrics... just bad combinations. I'm sure you will make them look great.

Teri said...

I love it Elaine, it turned out great. And the quilting (my least favorite step) is wonderful!

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh Elaine! The colors in this top are so pretty and your quilting just wonderful! APPLAUSE to you!

Sharon said...

Great quilt! I enjoyed the pictures of your process. Thanks for sharing. I came to your blog via Field Trips in Fiber.

Randi said...

Elaine, you did a great job on this! Pat yourself on the back!

Quilter Kathy said...

Gorgeous quilt! I really must try it!
I enjoyed seeing the close up shots of your quilting.
Great job!

Tanya said...

Your quilting is so fantastic! I'm still practicing.

I like your idea of using up ugly fabrics to make a fabulous kaleidoscope quilt. I'll have to start pulling some of my unusables out.