|Prewashing, in the sun to show off that lovely texture, mmm!|
Even dragged J...., er MacGyver, downstairs to ask him his thoughts. (I'm not allowed to use his name or his photo, except for the one shot where you see his hooves in his proverbial flipflops as he holds Blue Ribbon Stars).
Jasmine's random comment, "Have you considered...?" (which I had, but dismissed, thinking it would take too long and be too fiddly) ended up being the binding decision: scrappy rainbow binding using fabrics in the quilt. I'm so glad I did do the extra work for this!
|I might have gone a little cut-happy on the 2.5" strips...yep they're more than half the height of the Isacord spool!|
This gazebo is in the park that is on one side of our lane. I've thought it would make a good spot for a quilt shoot for some time, so decided to try it out tonight in the setting sun.
I realize just how important it is to get sunlight on the quilt to show the quilting and the texture. Here you don't see much at all, but the colours are true.
|Can you see evidence of the squirrels' busyness, stashing walnuts (there are no less than 3 visible) in various safe places?!! Ha, much like we quilters do with favourite fabrics...|
|I used The Bottom Line in the bobbin in ivory for all of these thread changes. I was really really pleased with the tension (the Bernina was used for the majority of the Blendables)|
so I went back in with my Bernina, and did a third echo of the outside swoop-dee-swoops, and then a wavy line in the inside ones to flatten things down a bit. It really wasn't that much more work, well it kind of was, but it was totally worth it.
I used one of the ratty chairs in the gazebo for draping the quilt. I noticed there are nails in the top face boards(?) of the gazebo, so maybe I can get some rope, grab some clothespegs, and make myself a better hanging line for my quilts. Never mind what the neighbours will think of me now...
Here is the back, that delicious paisley-sculptured Minky Cuddle I got at Miller's Dry Goods this summer. I'm so glad I treated myself to some of this!
|Cloud-like quilting, cloud-like backing, mmm!|
|Mademoiselle Twinkle Toes|
Oh, I did a loose loopy and simple flowers meander in the background. The shot below also shows the third echo and wavy line I added a little better. This extra quilting didn't detract from the plushness of the Minky one bit.
Pattern: Scrap A Palooza #16
Size: 69 3/4"X 53 1/4"
Fabric: scraps for the top and the binding (note, there are about 550 fabrics in this top, as I repeated only a few of them, 576 total pieces) Minky Cuddle for the backing
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Avanté (approximately 80 000 stitches), and added some echoing on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann, quilted with Isacord 4421, 5210 and 5450, Sulky Blendables 12 wt 4007 and 30 wt 4117, Coats and Clark 40 wt variegated blues, YLI 40wt variegated plum, So Fine 40 wt 403; The Bottom Line in the bobbin
Linking up with Oh Scrap! At Quilting is More Fun Than Housework. Lots of scrappy ideas over there!