Saturday, December 3, 2011

Catch Up

My new computer has been in the shop for a week (hopefully all the problems are fixed!), so this is a long post - amazing what can get done when I don't spend time on the computer!!

I finished off the Dresden Plate quilt last Sunday (it is in my guest bedroom).
The quilt is 95" square. The fabric is Boutique by Chez Moi (for Moda) with Kona ivory solid for the background. I used Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting. The thread is Aurifil 50WT (in pink and ivory).

I had left lots of room for quilting. It is the first time I have quilted so much on a quilt, and with a plain background. The DP's are about 11" and the blocks are 14".
I free motioned feathered wreathes between the Dresden Plates. They are echoed and the centres have pebbling (like the dots in the fabric centres of the DP's). The Dresden Plates are quilted in the ditch around them and the centres. I also quilted a loose flower/feathered wreath over the DP's. There is my form of McTavishing (great link with video) in the background.

I did a serpentine feather border around all the DP's and then perpendicular parallel lines to the border.

 The 2" squares in the border have a continuous line quilted on every side (I found it really hard not quilt more that the recommended 1/4" away from the seams at the centre - but got lots of practice).

The outer most line I quilted after I had attached the binding (thanks for the tip Wendy), so that the quilting would look even.

The only marking I did on this quilt was the lines for the feathered wreathes (using various size lids and a Hera marker - just leaves an indentation in the fabric), plus I also marked the centre of the serpentine feather border

It is all quilted on my home sewing machine (Husqvarna 870 Quilt). I like to bunch the quilt when I quilt. It was a real pleasure to quilt.

I usually vacuum out my machine after I finish a big project - for this one I did it twice. It always amazes me how much lint accumulates.

I worked on some blocks of the month too -

The November Hop to It one (machine appliqué).
For December Hop to It BOM Joan picked block #2.

The December EQ BOM.

Now that all the blocks are finished I am working on the final project (we are not given instructions for that and have to create something on our own).

These are the borders for the Granny's Hankie BOM (Novembers instructions). They went together so well, the instructions are wonderful.

I did change the pattern slightly -

The pattern called for 4 1/2" squares (mine are black) for the corner blocks, but I didn't like the results, plus it was different from the picture.

So I changed them to 5 1/2" squares, now it looks like it is supposed to.

I finished knitting a hat,

and started on a piece of Romanian Point Lace (the pattern is one I designed).

Finally!! this last picture shows all three quilts that are on the guest bed now! My first large quilt that I quilted on my sewing machine (Spanish Steps), the first large quilt I hand quilted (Orphan Block), and my last quilt that I machine quilted.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Karen said...

I like that you used the variety of blue fabrics on the applique block. Pretty.

Meredith said...

the dresden turned out great. The quilting is lovely. I like both the applique and pieced blocks. You do get a lot done.

corina said...

Glad I got to see the Dresden in person! As good as the quilt looks in the photos, they don't do it justice. Your quilting is phenomenal.

Betty Lou said...

Everything is just beautiful, hard to believe that you did that all on your home sewing machine. Wonderful quilting. Scarey to think how much time we spend on the computer that we could be sewing, but the benifit is we have lots of quilting friends.

Deanna said...

Your quilting continues to amaze. The entire quilt is lovely. The filler wreathes and feathers are nice, but the detail around the small blocks is particularly striking. Thank you for the close-up pictures.

Mary L. said...

The quilt and quilting are both awesome! Love your offset quilting foot. Wish I had one like that for my Juki. I'm really interested in the Romanian Lace.
Tell us more.

Teresa F. said...

I love your quilt and the quilting is amazing. I always get scared to make such lovely quilting in my domestic sewing machine but you've gave me a little push.

sigisart said...

Hi Joanne,
your Dresden Plate is sooooo amazing. Sometimes I wish I could quilt as beautiful as you with the machine. But I always complete my quilts by handquilting and the result is: i habe a lot of quilts to finish.
I wish you a good time and many greetings from germany.

Joan said...

Wow Joanne - that is an impressive list of accomplishments... your quilting turned out wonderfully .

Pauline G said...

Your desden plate is really beautiful - what a wonderful quilt

Wendy said...

Holy cow, were you busy! That DP looks absolutely lovely!!! And I can't wait to see your RP lace project, the pattern design is beautiful.

Needled Mom said...

The quilting is really amazing! It looks gorgeous on the guest bed too.

It looks like you have been really busy with lots of different projects. Beautiful work!

The Quilted Finish said...

I'm always in awe when I see such incredible quilting achieved on a domestic machine. I have had a longarm for a couple of years as I never could cope with a large quilt through my domestic machine. Your DP quilt is lovely, quilting extraordinary!

MiSala said...

Felicidades, es un trabajo maravilloso....
Precioso el Dresdem!!!

Linda said...

Quilting is just stunning Joanne!!! Really really beatiful!

Raewyn said...

A real work of art Joanne - I really love what you have done and your quilting is stunning, setting off the Dresdens well. You're making great progress on everything else as well. Your Hop To It is gorgeous- I'm behind again as I have been doing Christmas sewing - but will try to catch up as soon as that is done :-)

GailM. said...

Wow, that's a big update. I wondered where you were. Love that knitted hat. I put that on my to-Knit list. It's sweet! Love your quilted feathers with the parallel lines. Beautiful.. You are such an inspiration... Great work!!

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