Wednesday, April 6, 2011

THQA Quilt is Finished


My Thread Head Quilt Along quilt is all finished!!! I am so thrilled!
The quilt is 102" square, the blocks are 9". Good thing there is no sound with this picture, because my DH and #1DS are standing on high stools with their hands over their heads holding this giant quilt up!!

For those who have joined the quilt along - here are some details on how I quilted it.


All the quilting was done on my home sewing machine.
To begin with I used the walking foot to quilt diagonal lines through the black squares, this stabilized the quilt and it made quilting each block easier.
I started by quilting feathers in the parts of the alternating blocks that surrounded the blocks and then quilted each block with a different design (check out some of my older posts to see some blocks as I quilted them).

This block was quilted with a feathered wreath and I think that would have been a great design for all the blocks.


The alternating blocks all ended up looking like this (a design inspired by Carla Barrett - check out her gallery for other design inspiration).

The first border (the one that finishes the diamonds and includes part of the alternating blocks) was quilted with half feather wreaths (I used a Tupperware lid size "X" to mark the center vein).


The two little black borders have swirls quilted in them - also designed by Carla Barret (shown here).
The scrappy squares border was quilted with the walking foot to mimic the the large X's through the quilt.
There are little feathered wreaths in the outer corner blocks (I used the end of the Aurifil thread to mark those).

I used Aurifil #50 for all the quilting (top and bobbin) and a #80 Microtex needle. I used black for the walking foot quilting and the little black borders, but one neutral colour for the rest of the quilting (I didn't want to keep changing thread to match - used a 1300m spool of thread!). The batting is wool (I needed a King Size).
I used my regular set-up for machine quilting and it turned out that is was easier to quilt than I thought it would be.

Here are the links for my free motion feather tutorial (the one with the video) and feathers part II (shows feathered wreaths)

Here is a link for my binding tutorial.

I had been collecting the fabric for this style of quilt for a while and the whole process of making it was much more fun because other people joined me! Thank-you!!!

You still have lots of time to participate in my challenge to finish something with the blocks, so I hope you will send in some pictures (until the end of May 2011).

Now to find a place to store my quilt - it is too big for our double bed (maybe one day we will graduate to a "grown-up" queen size bed! - we will be ready with a quilt LOL).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

21 comments:

Scrappy quilter said...

An incredible peace of artwork...it's stunning. I can only hope mine looks as nice. I took a break from mine today and did something else. Back to it tomorrow. Hugs

Grandma Rich said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I'm so impressed with your machine quilting. Sure wish I had joined along with you! Jana

Pat said...

Drop. Dead. Gorgeous!!! Heirloom quality!

cw said...

Congratulations! Definitely an heirloom. If you need somewhere to store it..........

Linda said...

It's stunning. The quilting is amazing and even more because you did it all on your dsm!!! Phenomenal, Joanne!

COLLEEN said...

Beautiful!

Denise said...

I love it, it's wonderful!!!

Barb said...

congrats on a beautiful finish!
The quilting is sooo lovely

Deanna said...

OH, I wish I could sew all day today. My strips are assembled and I hope to get at least part of the top together today.

Mary L. said...

It is indeed gorgeous! Makes me second guess my decision not to do the final pieced border.

ann hermes said...

gorgeous! what an achievement!!

Jan said...

Really, really beautiful - such an accomplishment.

Karen said...

Joanne, you are so very talented. The quilt is beautiful !! Thanks for all that you share.

Karen

Terry said...

What a beautiful quilt! And your quilting is just wonderful! :0)

Jen said...

Oh, it turned out so beautiful! I absolutley love it! The quilting is amazing!

Rose Marie said...

So beautiful .... I enjoyed seeing your progress with this quilt!!

Myra said...

Your quilt is absolutely lovely Joanne! Way to go!!! Awesome! 8-)

Karen said...

It's spectacular, Joanne! Congrats on an amazing finish and for doing this wonderful quilt-along. Thank you for all the details on the quilting. It's been really inspirational!

What Comes Next? said...

gorgeous quilting! You must be thrilled that this one is done!

Kathy said...

Beautiful! I may have to add this quilt along to my "to do" list. Lovely quilting! Great job.

featheredfibers said...

Lovely!! Thanks for sharing and the shout out!