|The sun on Monday, well, that we've had all week, was perfect for showing up the quilting|
|The back, the last of a lovely pink with orange dots flannel from my daughter Brianne's quilt--oh man that texure is gorgeous, no?|
|Might've said a very bad word or two...|
Anyhow, back to the quilting. I did a couple of designs from Angela Walters, an echoed set of "L" lines that all point towards the centre block in each of the four corner blocks, and a sort of floral one in the four white-framed blocks. In the very centre block I just FMQ-ed around that flower. It looks really cool on the back:
I've wanted to take a photo of a finished quilt on this bench since they put it here this summer:
The white is Kona Snow and the blackish-grey is a Magret and Slusser Watercolor Inspirations fabric I've had forever, and used in a quilted jacket I made circa 2002/3. It's a wonderful fabric with lots of shaded movement.
No shade that day, and look! The moon was high in the sky! I always love days when you see it in the blue sky.
I also have wanted a photo of a finished quilt by this statue opposite and just over from the bench:
|Perfect mums for this quilt, no?|
|He was hoping I'd brought a ball for him to chase, but no such luck|
Pattern: Pearl Grey by Christa Watson
Fabric: fabrics from my stash
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Avanté -- 52 518 stitches :-)
Threads: Aurifil grey 2625, white 2024, Isacord pink 2560 (interesting: did you know that Mettler Poly Sheen is one and the same as Isacord? Isacord is the American name. Found that out at my LQS)
...on pressing seams open or to one side. I am not a fan, as many of you know, of pressing seams open in quilting, for a few reasons. The main one is that the strength of the seam is lessened, since over time the thread is going to disintegrate, break down, if you're using cotton, which I do. If your seams are pressed to one side, you have the extra layer of fabric to help stabilize the seam. I found, however, on this little quilt, that ditch-stitching, which I always do, is lost in that pressed-open seam, so you again lose stability. If you stitch in the ditch of a seam where they are pressed to one side, you are stitching ON fabric, right beside the layer of pressed seams. As far as flatness, my quilts are nice and flat, never lumpy where I've pressed to one side, and the seams are easier to butt up against each other without the need to pin. The other thing that I find ironic, is that a lot of quilters are saying press open so the quilt is nice and flat (and this is the case in this quilt) yet they will use a poofy batting...
Now don't get me wrong, since using Pellon Legacy 100% polyester in a few of the wheelchair quilts, as well as 100% wool in my friend John's quilt, and seeing how wonderful it is for showing the definition and texture in quilting, I am wanting to use it in one of my own quilts. As far as the seams dilemma, do what you like to do, press for ease of construction as well, twirl open the seams in, say, a 4-patch unit, press open if there are lots of seams coming to one area, but bottom line, to each her own, right?
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and TGIFF.