First of all all the wonderful fabrics were provided to me by Island Batik, the batting by Hobbs Batting (cannot say enough about Thermore!) and the some of the thread by Aurifil. These are all top quality products with which to work, and I cannot recommend them enough. Truly and sincerely.
I must admit when I started making this, outside of loving every bit of fabric, the combo and the rather improv shapes didn't totally click for me. But then, classic story of the quilting makes the quilt come alive, and I love this.
I'll start at the beginning.
I found that in order to keep my thoughts
I used this Superior Threads product I'd purchased quite a few years ago (like four?)...
After stitching, you steam it, and the satin-type stuff shrinks up!
Then you just cut and sew as per usual, though you have to treat it a bit like the puff of an inset gathered sleeve, right.
Here is one of the three 'panels' I made. The original pattern is in the Winter 2013 issue of Quilt & More. Okay, so I bought this and the fabric for it in 2014, so it's been waiting for five years...aging nicely like a fine wine.
Instead of making a triptych, I sewed the three panels together.
I still wasn't sold on what I'd made but I sorta/kinda liked it... So I layered it with my favourite batting for small quilts, Thermore by Hobbs Batting.
And then I went to town with the quilting. After all this is about texture no? It's amazing the texture that shows up with this oh-so-thin batting!
I even made up a new FMQ motif. It's in the pink fading to lime dot, a double pebble meander. Fun! I loosely followed the motifs in a few of the prints, like the turquoise in the bottom right, the swirls in the turquoise near the top left, and the paisleys in the multicolour, and woodgrain in the pale blue. I outlined the birds too, love that chop!
I used white Aurifil provided by Aurifil last year and almost gone, to piece it and to sew the stitching lines for the Texture Magic. I used a pale pink Aurifil also provided by Aurifil for most of the quilting, and to hand sew down the facing. I was a bit unsure it might not blend on some of the colours but it has done well! I used the pale green, one I purchased, for the 2.5" square bird and the one green where I did ribbon candy.
Here's the facing in progress:
Anja Quilts had referred to a good online tutorial when she did her first faced binding, so I went to her blog, used the Search tool and voilà, it was another ambassador's, Carole Lyles Shaw's tutorial which you can find here. It is excellent.
Here is the entire back!
When I was taking this shot of the back this morning, our builder stopped and said, "Oh wow!" I said, "Uh, that's the back; here's the front!" and was he ever blown away. Not your grandmother's tied quilt, eh?
This was fun and I can see me using the faced binding again on a small quilt. I can also see me making the triptych now I've tried successfully the Texture Magic!
Pattern: based on "Special Effects" in Quilts 'n More Winter 2013
Size: 20" square
Fabric: Island Batik
Backing: Island Batik
Batting: Thermore by Hobbs
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Aurifil 50 wt; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt
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