Friday, October 22, 2010

A finish

You might remember this scrap quilt I had made a couple of months ago for my 11 year old granddaughter.
I'm showing it again because........................ 
I finished it just yesterday.
I knew you'd want to know how I machine quilted it but really with a scrappy quilt, it's more about texture since whatever you do doesn't show up that well. Great for when you're still in the learning stages of trying to manage a larger quilt on the machine and very forgiving of any little quirky bits that might end up happening.
I saw  Patsy Thompson had posted about her pattern for exploding feathers on her blog so had a go and then ordered the second feather DVD that it's featured on. I can now quilt the feather shape in any direction, my stitches are becoming more even and I can even backtrack pretty well now.
I got this backing fabric online for $3.50 a yard, I love a bargain and perfect since apparently yellow is now the favourite colour and pink is so last year.
 I washed it in the washing machine, hung it out on the line for about 15 minutes just to start off the drying and then lay it flat on the lounge room carpet with the overhead fan to finish drying it and get it as flat as it could be. It's quilted with Hobbs Heirloom wool batting and #60 Mettler 2 ply cotton.
 It's about 80" square.

Got that done in time before this storm with thunder, lightening, rain and hail hit. It was all a bit rushed but I really raced to get this finished so I can deliver this one in person.

I'm taking off to New Zealand in the morning to catch up with all the family, Mr Quiltsalott is joining me in a week and so the blog could get pretty quiet for the next few weeks. Forgive me if it takes me a couple of days or more to catch up with comments and your blogs. I'm off to bed, I have to drag myself up at 3a.m.

53 comments:

Marit said...

The first thing that comes to my mind is "glorious colors". I love how random and playful these bigger pieces of fabric looks! Your quilting is amazing, Janet! The size, wool batting and beautiful feathers... fantastic and inspiring! What a lucky girl to receive your gift!
; )

Andi said...

It's a stunning quilt ... beautifully quilted!

Oops-Lah said...

Oh beautiful! And your quilting again! Have a lovely time in NZ with the family.

Joan said...

Wow - that looks great. What a storm you had too. I do like the way you have done your feathers...

Jackie said...

What a fantastic finish!! Your feathers are beautiful and so professional. I love them! I know that your granddaughter is going to just be thrilled with the quilt. Safe travels to you!

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is a super gorgeous quilt. The feathers are perfect! Your grand daughter is going to love it!! And she'll love having you come to visit. Enjoy your time away!!

Miriam said...

Ohh Janet, your quilting is beautiful!!


Bon voyage! Enjoy the time with your family.

alobsiger said...

A beautiful finish, Janet! I really love the festive scrappiness of it and your feathers are SUPERB! Don't you love what they add to bring the whole thing together? The quilting does amazing things to a quilt -- even though I loved your fabrics to begin with. Have a wonderful trip! How lovely that you get to deliver the quilt in person!

Karen said...

You have really embraced the machine quilting learning process and have done so well. The feathers are well done.

Notjustnat said...

Wow Janet! You did a great job quilting it. Congratulations, you must be pleased with yourself. Love the glorious colour as well. Lucky recipient! Hugs Nat

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

The quilt is gorgeous and your quilting is excellent! I have one of Patsy Thompson's DVDs and want to learn more techniques, especially feathers. I guess I should order the feathers DVD. Have a wonderful time with your family!

Linda said...

Fantastic job as usual Janet. You've earned a great vacation-- have fun!

Crispy said...

Oh so VERY pretty Janet!! I'm very impressed with your new machine quilting skills :0)

Enjoy lots of lovely time with your family and don't worry about us, we'll be here when you get back :0)

Crispy

Cathy said...

Janet your quilting is exquisite! Love this quilt, gorgeous backing. Have a wonderful time in NZ, I hope you have set your alarm! xo

Terry said...

Congratulations on finishing that beautiful quilt! Your feathers are fantastic! :0)

Thimbleanna said...

It's beautiful Janet -- I LOVE the feathers. I'd love to learn how to do them -- you're so good! Have a wonderful time in New Zealand!

Lori said...

Oh my! You get to deliver this one in person!!!! It's gorgeous Janet and I'm sure it will be well loved!

Chartreuse Moose said...

Wonderful finish! Lovely quilt...dazzling colors should make anyone who sees it smile! Happy trails!

Ann Champion said...

Your quilting is gorgeous..and such a perfect finish for the beautiful scrappy top.
It's wonderful that you get to hand deliver it. Have a great visit! :)

Janet said...

Your quilting looks so beautiful!! I love the texture you've created. It will be so fun to deliver this in person :0) Have a wonderful time!

Kath said...

Safe journey Janet and enjoy your visit with the family XX

Darlene said...

It's adorable; she's going to LOVE it.

Have a safe trip and enjoy making memories with your family.

Barb said...

Just beautiful...and the yellow one...and your feathers...and..and...and...

Donna~~ said...

Your quilt is lovely--makes me think how delightful it would be to curl up wrapped in such luxurious color. Enjoy your trip!

Mimi said...

your quilt turned out great and the quilting looks superb. Have fun on your trip.

Kaaren said...

Awesome quilt and even awesome-er quilting, Janet.

Have a wonderful and safe trip.

John'aLee said...

What a beauty!

Kathie said...

looks wonderful she is going to love it
enjoy your vacation and time with YOUR family!!!!
Kathie

Karen said...

Beautiful quilt!! I am just finishing one for my granddaughter. Your feathers look wonderful.

Seams Sew Together said...

You have done an awesome job, great work!

Julia said...

Wow Janet! it's lovely.
You did a great job quilting it. Congratulations, you must be pleased with yourself...the feathers look great.
have a lovely time with family..
Julia ♥

Kayly said...

Beautiful backing. Well done on the quilting. You did a great job. I'm going to get brave soon and stop reading the books about free motion and start doing it! Seeing your work and others gives me confidence to have a go. The recipient will be very pleased to receive this gorgious quilt.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh it is wonderful! And she will be so excited to get it I bet!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations!! it looks amazing! The feathers are really beautiful!

*karendianne. said...

I loved this quilt from the first time I watched you piece it together. Such a talent you have with fabric. I'm wayy behind on that. :) The other thing I wanted to mention here is that you're really showing us how we can learn to machine quilt OURSELVES, on our own. Money is getting tight these days and I'd really like to give this a try. Before your postings of effort, education and achievement I never would have attempted this but, much like my story re: applique - I just may give this a go. I'll think on it. :) So Janet, thank you yet again.

Tineke said...

ABOSOLUTELY stunning!

Taryn said...

What a fun quilt and your little granddaughter will love it, I'm sure. Have a safe and enjoyable trip. We look forward to your return to blog land.

Stina said...

You just made a wonderful wonderful and happy quilr.. makes me smile .. and the quilting Janet.. love it.. Really have to take a look on those dvd´s... !! Have fun with family!!

Thearica said...

Awesome feather quilting! I have been "away" from my longarm with achilles tendon problems and seeing your quilting makes me long to quilt! I love Patsy Thompson's products!

wishes, true and kind said...

LOVE the scrap quilt and all those gorgeous Sis Boom fabrics! Such an inviting quilt!

Dixie said...

What a great quilt for an "almost" teenager. Just love how it turned out, and your quilting really makes it wonderful! Hope you have a nice trip to visit your family.

Kim D. said...

Gorgeous quilting Janet, you did a fantastic job! Love those Jennifer Paganelli fabrics, I'm sure she would love to see your quilt. Congrats on your finish!

Jennifer Blosser said...

That quilting is lovely. Your feathers are FABULOUS!

Hugs & stitches,
Jennifer

Marilyn Robertson said...

Your feathers are lovely! The quilting is perfect for the beautiful scrap quilt.

Ivory Spring said...

Janet,

Beautiful quilt, and beautiful quilting. I don't think any of us can tell you are a "beginner" in this machine quilting business. :)

Sonja♥ said...

15mn!!!! LOL we need a few days with our 0°C-10°C degrees;)))
Your "any direction" feathers are a success, Janet!!!
Hope you enjoy your family-time in New Zealand

Lisa said...

As usual, your quilting is amazing. Have a great time on your trip. Your granddaughter will love the quilt. Be sure and get a pic of her opening it.

Sue-Anne said...

the quilt looks fantastic! Have a great time in NZ.

imquilternity said...

What a beautiful quilt...I love it and I love the fabrics you chose to use! Delightful! I must say your quilting is really gorgeous! It just takes practice, but still I believe it takes talent too - and you've obviously got it!!

Corrie said...

gorgeous and love your quilting! stunning! have a wonderful trip to nz

corrie:)

Frances Leate said...

What a happy quilt and your feathers are really great. I was interested that you quilted with Mettler Heirloom 60 weight thread and wondered what the advantages are for using such a fine thread. Hope you have a great trip!

Robyn G. said...

Hi Janet,
I love this scrappy quilt... it's wonderful and your quilting is getting better and better... it's very inspiring.
Makes we want to take some time to quilt myself...it's been a while.

Enjoy your trip, be safe and have a great time xx

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Really very very lovely.