Thursday, March 15, 2018

Postcard Swap Finish

Welcome to TGIFF!

A little over a month ago, Patty of Elm Street Quilts decided to host a Postcard Swap. I decided to join in, because, well I wasn't very busy in the month of March....snort.😂 I quite like mini quilts, and wanted to push myself a little in the creativity department. I like challenges. You got one word from your partner, and you gave one word as a clue to what you'd like.

I won't tell you the word I got for my partner, nor who she is, because it just got mailed off today. Was it a fun project to do! I did a little detective work on her blog to get a feel for her personality and quilting style. We are similar in several ways, and although I'm not familiar with her blog, I will be following her from now on.😁

Here is my postcard!

Again, I wish the camera could capture the glint of light on the Sulky Holoshimmer thread I used on the ocean section.

What is amazing to me is that the scene I chose I drove right by in the summer of 2007, and I may have stopped for a photo surprisingly close to this breathtaking spot. These huge rocks rise up out of the Pacific all along the coast, so unusual. It took a little bit of digging, but in about 10 minutes, I located the photo album (pre-iPhone photos and all digital) of that trip! MacGyver's anonymity is preserved with some chunks of beach glass, LOL. (Yeah, I have yet another beach glass bowl in the works.)
August 2007

I used an image off Google as a starting point, and took a little artistic license with it, adding in the shorebirds and the evergreen tree on the side, typical of this region of North America which has stunning ocean scenery in front of you and forest vistas immediately behind. I am no artist, but if I have an image to look at, I can usually produce a fairly reasonable copy.

I used my drawing to make the pieces for the appliqué by tracing what I'd drawn.

I made the base by piecing the sky to the ocean and then doing a gentle improv cut and sewn curved seam to add the sand.

From there it was Crafted Appliqué for the rest, oh how I love this method. You can still get Lara's book on Amazon. I save my appliqué-ready scraps between wax paper and place them in a ziploc bag for future use...and I have actually used pieces in new projects, like this one!

The tree and one of the monoliths came from a scrap from testing blocks for a Canada's 150th birthday quilt for Cindy of Stitchin at Home, and the birds from scraps from the walleye potholder I made for my husband. I prepared some black pieces for the other monoliths.

I layered the piece with one layer of Thermore by Hobbs (great thin batting for mini quilts) stitched around the appliqué shapes and then FMQ-ed the entire piece. Those birds were TINY! Cindy knows I start to twitch when I have to appliqué tiny pieces. But it was worth it. I free-motion embroidered their feet, and, as the fabric was only 2-3 threads thick at the bills, I added free-motion embroidery there too, to stabilize and define them.

Here are the threads I used, lovely beautiful Sulky rayons, all 40 weight but one 30 weight, and one Holoshimmer.

I can't show you the back, because I wrote her a message, but it's a piece of plain white. There's a layer of stiff fusible batting between the Thermore and the white fabric, making a total of four layers. I statin-stitched around all four edges with the beautiful variegated turquoise rayon, once loosely to hold everything together, and then two more rounds at 0.5. My mmm! quilts label is on the postcard back.

So that's my second finish this week! My first was the Cat-eye-doscope Plus quilt for Cheryl and Paige's book release blog hop. This is SUCH a great hop, such a great book, two terrific quilter/authors.

Update Friday March 16:

I spoke with Preeti (by iMessage) yesterday and she asked me to do her a favour in memory of her sweet precious friend, Angel, who, so very sadly, passed away yesterday. In my haste to get the TGIFF post up before I went to bed on Thursday night, I forgot to do her small request, that has the power to become huge, much like Bernie's doll quilts...

First, please read Preeti's post from yesterday. I hope you will also read the link to Angel's quilt, either by clicking there or from Preeti's yesterday post. It is strange how The Universe puts things in our path... Preeti had reached out to Amy of AmyScrapSpot, wondering how her multiple-disabilities 3-month-old baby boy, Axel, was doing, but hadn't heard in some time. Yesterday, yes, yesterday, the very day Angel died, Amy emailed Preeti back about Axel. Are you seeing a triple A-team here?  Preeti's profound sadness over the loss of Angel has now been channelled into doing something good: helping Amy with Axel's medical expenses. Amy's sister started a Go Fund Me page, (I know how DEEPLY appreciated these pages are, where people donate, anonymously or not, whatever they feel appropriate, since one was set up for my own grandson after his too-young father died last June), and Preeti is asking if you would take a moment, read her post, read Amy's about little Axel, and donate a small amount. As she says, "If 300 people gave $10 each, we'd meet out goal." I know quilters have humongous hearts, and I know that my post will see a lot of traffic this weekend, since I'm not only hosting TGIFF (and leaving it open a wee bit longer, sorry guys, made an executive decision; don't fire me) but I'm linking up my postcard finish with the other big Friday finish parties. THANK YOU for keeping my belief that there is inherent good in this world that gets my spirit so down a lot of the time.

What have you finished this week? You may link up your blog post, Flickr or Instagram post using the link up below. Remember to visit a few blogs and spread some quilty love and encouragement. Please include a link to this blog post and/or the TGIFF button, so your followers can come here to view all the great finishes! You never know, you may have your quilter ADD kick in, and have to go DRop Everything And Make It, aka DREAMi! (Come back for that link up on the last Saturday of March; see sidebar for the button which will take you to the explanation post.)

Linking up to the Friday Finish parties in QBL:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Busy Hands Quilts

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Postcard from Sweden Step 3

Here we are at about the halfway point! By now you should have paired and sewn all your HSTs together and trimmed them to size.  Or not.  Perhaps you are assembling the quilt as you go, either in rows, or in blocks of four.  I have done both, and think I prefer in blocks of four because of being able to spin seams when pressing and avoid lumps where eight triangles come together.

We interrupt this blog post to say, "GO Corbin Watson!" He's the goalie for Team Canada's hockey team in the Paralympics and is from Kingsville! They've won all three of their games so far and play again tomorrow. I'm so happy that the Paralympics is getting more attention these days; IMHO these athletes have more heart and determination than 'regular' athletes. 💖😍

Ideally, if this is the halfway point, I should have 10 of the 20 rows sewn together. Well, I have not quite half that amount...what a good example am I? I have been rather busy of late! Here is my progress so far and I am loving it:

Here are a couple of tips that I have discovered helpful:

1. I label the HST pairs with a fine tipped marker within the seam allowance.
This way when I press them, I don't have to worry about pressing painter's tape, or a self-adhesive label, or having it fall off. Trust me, I've done this on many many quilts over the past 20 years, marking within the seam allowance, with never an issue.

2. I press to the side, 'the dark side' to quote Angela Walters and Jenny Doan, lol, and this ensures all these seams nest beautifully. Pinning has been minimal. If you spin the seams, as in unpick a stitch or two within the seam allowance where the seams join, something Carrie Nelson (think Moda's blog and Schnibbles) is well-known for, then you can press them all in the same direction, and the bulk is reduced by half.
Love those cute teeny pinwheels that form!

Okay there's my HSTs sewn together step NOT complete, but I'm going to keep plugging away between my other projects, 😉 and eventually I will have a quilt top. Let's see what your stitched HSTs look like by linking up your quilt progress below.

For the Postcard from Sweden schedule, click here. Remember there is its own page under the tab Quilt Alongs at the top of my blog page.

Modern Plus Signs Quilts - Cat-Eye-doscope

Welcome to my stop on Day 3 of the Modern Plus Signs Quilts Book Blog Hop. This is a terrific book, great ideas for new twists on Plus Sign quilts, lovely photography, and excellent instructions.
When I first heard that Cheryl had a book coming out with Paige, I right away emailed Cheryl, asking  if she was considering doing a book release hop, could I be a part of it. I've been a fan of Cheryl's designs for some time. She won my very first giveaway on my blog a few years ago. 😊 Of course she said, "Of course!" I wasn't the only one who wanted to be a part of the hop; there are 40 of us; that's love for you! Here are links to getting your hands on a copy. The first two are if you want signed copies, no affiliation for the Amazon link:

I chose Kaleidoscope Plus. For those who know me, I have a 'thing' for kaleidoscope quilts, well kaleidoscopes, period, have loved them forever. Stars are also my favourite quilt block. So this was perfection. I'd originally thought I could perhaps kaleidoscope this quilt, as in fussy cut to make the illusion of one piece of fabric like I did this cushion).
Kaleidoscope Plus by C&T Publications
However, after fussing with several pieces of fabric and pondering, a brainwave suddenly engulfed me like a tsunami, and one evening, not long before we were due to leave for Florida, I just knew what I was going to do! I dug out a stack of fabrics I'd started collecting more than two years ago for a quilt for a certain someone, very dear to me. Could I make this work? I thought so. I knew I wouldn't have enough of the planned background fabric, but I pulled a couple of other off-whites that might work and added them to the pile. And it did all work out just fine! Here is the finished quilt:

A little background
First of all, there is a whole bunch of symbolism and importance in the quilt that I can't tell you about until the quilt is received, since the recipient reads my blog. Therefore, I will be writing a full-reveal post in a couple of weeks. As you know I love hidden meanings and symbolism in quilts, and this one is not short of either.

All right, I had started building the quilt around the Lizzy House 'Cat Dream' deep teal, or deep aquamarine print. I love collecting fabrics in this way, a little of this, a little of that. I find pleasure in the hunt, like treasures when I happen upon them, especially in the sale sections of various quilt shops, in person and online! I had no idea of a quilt pattern when I bought 'Cat Dream' but that didn't scare me; in fact I prefer snagging and purposefully collecting fabrics with a person and/or quilt in mind, knowing the design will come, and knowing that making the fabrics work (and quite possibly finding out that some I've bought won't) is all part of the process and surprise and ensuing excitement. Kits are great; pre-cuts and bundles are fine, but my favourite is the hunt, through a quilt shop, in person or online, and through my stash to pull a quilt together. Such is the definite case with this quilt!

Here was the teaser of the main fabrics I put out on Instagram about a month ago;
'Cat Dream' by Lizzy House for Andover is the bottom main print. 'Witty Kitty' by Julie Dobson Miner for Studio E is next with absolutely hilarious phrases, all too true. 'Purrsnickitty' by Terri Degenkolb for Red Rooster is the green and then the pale yellow is 'Cattitude' by Violet Craft for Michael Miller
Here is the first block, with the cats front and centre in the plus block!

I only had a half yard of the blue cat sayings text print, a half of the green text print, and a half of the pale yellow cat faces print, so I knew I'd have to get creative somehow. When I found the Benartex 'Feathers and Fancy' by Dianna LaFerry in my stash, I couldn't believe how close it was to the Lizzy House one, so I knew it could work somehow. Eventually I hit upon making the circles two colours, first checking them in black and white to verify if they'd read the same value:

and it took some graph paper to sketch it and see how I could make some rhyme and reason out of two-coloured circles.

To make matters even more tricky, I only had a yard of Moda's 'Figures' by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic, so I used almost all of it to make the stars that the pluses float upon. I had taken 3 different off-whites, and MacGyver helped me decide on the Grunge, but of course, I didn't have enough of it either.  I was stuck.

Stuck turned to luck, however, because that Grunge, which was bought for my nephew Aidan's Radiance quilt, was bought at my Port Charlotte LQS, Expert Sewing. I called.

Me: Do you have Grunge in off-white with grey smudges?
Worker Cindy: Yes we have Grunge. Lots of it, all colours, even the new stuff with dots.
In I went the next day.

Sheila, the owner, looked me up in her computer. I'd taken a couple of scraps in to be assured it would match.
Sheila: When did you buy this?
Me: (thinks hard)Maybe 2-3 years ago?
Sheila: Found it!  You bought 2.5 yards in 2016.
(LOVE technology)
Sheila: Let's see... the SKU was ___ and this SKU is___ YUP! this is the one!
(Note that there is more than one off-white in the line.)
Me: Two yards please. Thank you very much.
Home to sew.

Wait. No. Had to go to Nashville for a lovely weekend wedding dress shopping with my daughter. Got home from that successful trip, and went back to work to finish off the top. The next day, we met up with a couple of good friends from New York State, dog-walking and visiting and going out for a fabulous lunch ensued. Of course I had to take the almost-finished quilt top with us on our walk by the Peace River in Port Charlotte for a photo op:
Several of my quilts have been started in Florida, and then travel home to be finished in Ontario, or vice versa!

I have still like a yard and a half of this fabulous 'Cat Dreams'...what if I put it as the final border, and make the Grunge border a tad narrower? The quilt will end up larger....I'd already bought Minky backing from my Ontario LQS...would there be enough? It was a chance I was willing to take.
Flimsy finished, and on the design wall at home

A couple of tips for making this pattern which is not a beginner pattern. That is one of the things I like about the book, is that there are quick easy patterns, and more challenging ones. It involves paper-piecing with some odd-shaped triangles. These tips might just encourage you to try paper-piecing again if, like me, you have (had) stopped, or if you are not sure if you really want to. Believe me, you do!

1. First, you can save paper. I love to save paper, as I love trees. Recycling is fine, but not even using is the best.  Sew beside the line, not through it. I only made two copies of the paper-piecing templates for all 12 blocks! Yesss! No pesky papers to rip off, and bits of paper to pick out with tweezers! Here is a video so you can see this technique in action:

Here is the front of one of the paper-pieced sections:

and here is the back of that same section:
Note: no perforations through the paper. You can use freezer paper for this method as the shiny side will stick to the fabric when ironed, or regular paper with a dab from a glue stick to hold the fabric in place.

I wrote a tutorial for this technique here.

2. Make templates. I 'went off' paper-piecing for a number of years because I couldn't stand the waste of fabric. Cut these big honking hunks of fabric for these strange angles, ensure you've covered all the lines of the shape, sew on the line, who cares about grain, and then trim away and uh, toss the leftover weirdly-shaped smaller hunks of fabric (or save them as I did and still have to this day, 15 years later because they are very hard to work into even scrap projects).

Here you see the two side triangles cut ready to put into place to finish the section you saw above.

I hit upon making templates a few years ago, when I rediscovered paper-piecing thanks to Joanne of Canuck Quilter's Snow-along. There I learned about not sewing through the paper, GENIUS. She didn't do templates, but at least she measured the piece and had you cut squares or rectangles that would cover the shape needed.

3. Spin the seams of the kaleidoscope blocks. With so many pricing coming together in the centre, it can create a bump, and this eliminates it.

Okay back to the quilt finally coming together. Remember I said I was worried that I wouldn't have enough backing? Well, I didn't. When did I discover this? Saturday night. LQS is shut. Not open on Sundays. I am running out of time to get this done!

Went on a hunt through some bins because I've used Minky twice before and I know I have some narrow strips. Found! Perfect colours that work with the grey and with the front colours! Sew the strips together, add them to the grey. Yep, yep, this is going to work! Lay out the backing on the kitchen floor to get the overall look...noooooo.

Where I'd seamed the strips, the thread was pulling up on the Minky. If I held one side of the backing and MacGyver the other, no problem it laid flat, and it was square. Let go. Zing. Pucker. What to do. I was not going to resew those seams; I'd already re-sewed one because I'd put the cream on the wrong side of the turquoise.  Minky has a nap. Remember that.

Regroup.  Think. I could layer the quilt, taping the backing to the floor, and glue-baste the layers together as if I was going to quilt on my Bernina.
A bare-naked full-disclosure shot.

I'd stitch in the ditch on the Bernina to ensure that the persnickety seams (ha one of the fabrics is named 'Purrsnickitty' LOL) would behave.  I'd never done a quilt on the longarm this way though, but I knew others had, so it was time to give it a whirl myself.
Backing taped down, layered, glue-basted and ready to go...not quite. The backing was wide enough one way, but not the other. Short by an inch. One. Freaking. Inch. 
So I whipped that flimsy off the Hobbs batting, zipped upstairs, trimmed off 1/2" all the way around on the final border. Zipped back to the kitchen, laid it on top, and sighed. It. Just. Fit.

Back up the stairs to the loft. Loaded it onto Avril after I did all the prep work and it seemed to be behaving!

I used a pale yellow thread for the entire quilt, and it blended in beautifully with all the fabrics. This is Essential 100%, cotton 50 weight from Connecting Threads (affiliate link). The AvantĂ© loves it, and there is the same amount of fluff as with other cottons. It's on sale until March 19 for $1.95, 1100 metre/ 1200 yard spools. I used grey The Bottom Line in the bobbin. I pieced it with GĂŒtermann.

I kept the background quilting fairly open and just did fun stuff like swirls, thinking yarn and how much cats love to chase yarn... then some flowers, and of course some feathers. I let the background quilting flow into the border as this is a modern quilt.

I echoed the outside circles three times, ditch-stitched the blue and green edges of the circles and then echoed once inside those. Filled the 'canoe' shapes with a meander.

I did ruler work inside the pluses and dot to dot inside the stars. And in fairly short order, it was all done. Pulled it off the frame, trimmed her up this morning, and laid it back down on the kitchen floor.  And I needn't have worried one iota about the pulling up where I'd pieced the Minky strips. That backing is flat and soft as a kitty's belly.
This lighting shows off the quilting the best out of all the shots I took today
Let's just say there was very very little of the grey Minky to trim!

For the binding, I went into my blue stash and one of the first fabrics I spied was this plaid which I've used before to bind a quilt, and for the backing of one I just might do on the next Throwback Thursday. I remember buying it with my aunt when she took me to a little quilt shop not far from Sangudo, Alberta. It was perfect, picking up on the blues and greens in the border and in the quilt.
The binding is not wavy; it's being on the grass and in the wind that creates the wave...

Here is shot of the back. I am SO happy I happened upon the sale at A Stitch in Time in Leamington a couple of months ago because as I wrote in my Favourite LQSes post, they have the best selection of Minky around. This incredibly soft grey that is textured not flat, is just wonderful, and quilted wonderfully, showing even more texture of the quilting. I had to lie the quilt down on the grass because the wind was wreaking havoc with it when my quilt holder was trying to hold it vertical...

So I took a shot or two of the front too!
Unfortunately, the sun was beginning to set, and was behind clouds so you don't see the texture
It's just come out of the washing machine/dryer and is finishing drying flat as I type.  However, it is pitch black outside and this post has to be scheduled for midnight EST, so I will update in the daylight tomorrow morning with a just-washed, crinkly texture photo!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Kaleidoscope Plus by Cheryl Brickey
Size: Pre-quilting:  66 3/4"; after quilting and washing: 64 1/4"
Fabric: See above but also Grunge by Basic Grey for Moda, and binding is by Susan Winget for Benartex
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Polyester
Backing: Shannon Fabrics Minky
Quilted: Some ditch-stitching on my Bernina, a bit more on the Avanté, and then free-motion and ruler work quilted on the Avanté
Threads:  pieced with GĂŒtermann cotton; quilted with Essential 100% cotton 21169 Custard

This is one of my Q1 FAL goals, so I will be linking this post up later this month. My list is here.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my version of Cheryl's quilt, and that you will check out the others posting today and all week. There are lots of wonderful prizes!

Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts You are here!
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Linking up
Sew Fresh Quilts
Quilt Fabrication
My Quilt Infatuation

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Once In A Blue Moon

I am often late. There, I said it. However, work-wise, I am on time, and I am also known for keeping to deadlines, the very important ones, that is. Thus, it is with a red face and downward cast of eye that I admit that I missed the important deadline for posting my mini quilt challenge which should have been done in February.
Note that I was provided the fabric by Island Batik, the batting by Hobbs, and one of the navy threads by Aurifil. Without further ado, here is my mini, 'Once In A Blue Moon'!

Despite it being overdue, I do feel it is fitting that I finished it in March, when there is a Blue Moon this month! What exactly is a Blue Moon? It is when there are two full moons within one month.  The moon was full in North America on March 1, in Europe on March 2, and the second full moon, or Blue Moon will be March 31.

One of the fabric collections I received in my Island Batik Ambassador box was Blue Moon. May I just say it is my absolute hands-down favourite of the collections? Here it is, well just the light blue yardage is missing, with the Foundations Bundle:
There are two 5" strip rolls in the photo, but I ended up pulling from just one.
Here are the fabrics I pulled:
Seventeen beauties in all!

The design is based on one of my designs I submitted for #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 that I'm hosting on Instagram.
You can see the evolving wavy-seamed rectangles for the water section

February, especially the second half, was a blur. My Real Life stuff took over and put a huge damper on my Quilting Life: a trip to Nashville that was rescheduled due to flights being cancelled, a wedding dress found (and a fabulous 4-day trip may I add, in most excellent company), driving back home from Florida, and all the packing and organizing at both ends that entails. As soon as we got home, I got to work.

This is a section of the water that I gave a sneak peek of on Instagram. The original design was all HSts, but once I pulled fabrics, and realized most were of similar patterns and saturation, I knew I needed to further distinguish between the sky and the water sections. I thought of rectangles, more linear. Then, I thought what if instead of straight seams, I sewed them together with gentle curves? Eureka! And then I hit upon joining some of them in gently curving vertical seams as well! I was also cutting and sewing HSTs, of which there are 63. A few squares are solid, and there is a larger square, the equivalent of four HSTs, behind the moon. I used the same grey batik so that there wouldn't be any potential shadowing, but I needn't have worried.

Here it is on the improvised small design wall in my sewing loft. The large design wall in the guest room on the main floor is fully occupied with another project which shall be revealed on Wednesday!
Please ignore the little peeking-through of my round robin mini-quilt in the one corner!
For the HSTs, I cut squares at 2.5", sewed 1/4" on either side of the centre line to create two HSTs that measure 1.5" finished. For the water I cut 3.5X4.5" rectangles, stacked two right sides up, and free-form-cut a gentle waving line down the centre. Shuffled the two and sewed them back together. This method is based on Karla Alexander's Stack the Deck quilts, very slick.

I knew I needed to create the straight horizon line, to differentiate between the sky and the water. I tried to line up all the darkest batiks on the lowest row of the sky section. I pinned the moon in place over the grey large square and stepped back:
Yeah, not bad, although I still tweaked it a bit after this photo. Bella pointed out where I could improve the horizon line. I plan to revisit this 'rectangle-piecing with gentle curves' technique in another quilt, way cool.

For the moon, I used Lara Buccella's Crafted Appliqué technique (no affiliation), amazing, as it provides a strong bond that is soft and pliable, and the edges do not fray. Keep this in mind when you see some close-ups of the quilting on the moon. (LOL, that makes me think one day there will be quilting on the moon 'cruises', like quilt cruises)
UPDATE: Okay I just barely finished linking this post up, go to check my gmail, and one of my Twitter notifications is THIS shared by Valori Wells:

Like HOW? .... Okay I know it's from 2013, but still, wee-ooh, wee-ooh, as my sister Linda likes to chant when strange things happen...

It always amazes me how much a quilt shrinks as you start sewing the blocks together... Here are the first three rows sewn.

It wasn't long before I had a flimsy.
Notice the kinda/sorta Evening Star block the moon rests upon?

It is so very satisfying to see something that came out of your head, then drawn on graph paper, and then made in fabric!

I layered it with an older batik backing, and Hobbs Thermore batting, which I am loving more and more for minis. It quilts like a dream, is nice and thin for minis, and retains its shape beautifully. There is some pretty dense quilting on this piece.

I was a little nervous about how to quilt the moon, so Google helped show me a ton of various moon images, and I started with this after seeing one actual photo where these lines are clear:
Unbelievably FAB-YOO-LUSS grey moony batik!👏🌕
I so hope you can see the glitter of the Sulky metallic thread! Ah, how I adore my Bernina and how she handles metallic threads of any kind. Tip: I use a Schmetz Metallica needle. Note this is quilted through three layers of batiks, one of which is pieced HSTs, Thermore batting, and the adhesive used to secure the moon to the quilt top. Not a glitch. Isn't that grey perfection for the moon?

Again, I decided to differentiate between the sky and the water with the quilting. For the sky, I did walking foot straight lines 1/4" on either side of each vertical seam, and then down the centre of each square, using Sulky Blendables 30 weight. Again, not a hitch, but I do use a Topstitch 90 needle. On the water section I did an free-motion water back-and-forth like ripples with the same Sulky Blendables thread.

For the centre of the moon, I used a Sulky variegated greys rayon, and then to create a glow effect around it, another Sulky metallic, this one in silver and dark grey.  For the moon's reflection on the water I did super-dense back-and forth lines using the Sulky variegated grey, Polyneon by Madeira, 100% polyester in grey with a lovely sheen to it, and then Sulky metallic and blue Holoshimmer.
Taken outside on the front step in the dusk for a blueish light!

The label:

I sewed a hanging sleeve on the back so I can switch it out with my current snowman wallhanging lol. It is machine bound with the navy and the deep purple from the Batik Foundations. I had another epiphany on binding to help again distinguish between the sky and water: I bound the sky section with the purple and the water with the navy! First time I've pieced a binding to purposely land at a particular point of a quilt. It is bound by machine on the front and then ditch-stitched from the front to catch in the back, which was glued down with Elmer's School Glue (love the stuff).

Here's one last shot in natural light:

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  original design
Size: Pre-quilting: 14.25X16.5"; Post-quilting: 14.25X16.25"
Fabric:  Island Batik batiks
Batting: Hobbs Thermore 100% polyester
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads:  pieced with GĂŒtermann cotton; quilted with Sulky Blendables 30 wt #733-4022, Sulky Metallic #142 (silver and dark grey and silver, light blue and light pink), Sulky Holoshimmer #145-6030, Connecting Threads Essential 50 wt #21000 100% cotton, Aurifil 50 wt #2745 100% cotton, Madeira Polyneon in Grey #1611

Linking up:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF at Powered by Quilting
Busy Hands Quilts
Free Motion by the River