This is on my Q4FAL List which is here. All of these beautiful fabrics were provided to me by Island Batik. Aurifil provided the thread I used to piece this and stitch down the binding. Hobbs Batting provided the batting, which is a scrap of 80/20 Cotton/Wool blend, just lovely stuff to quilt. I've quilted with it now on Avril, my longarm and also on my DSM, my Bernina.
For the October challenge, we were to create a runner or table topper that involved some kind of appliqué. My first one, Give thanks, used a lot of appliqué. This second one doesn't exactly, unless you count applying (lol) the button eyes and then making the 3D beak and inserting it after the quilt top was done... squeal! This was not in the pattern, but Greta told me she needed a voice, and what's a girl to do but give her a beak with which to squeak!
|Trying to capture the sparkle of the Sulky metallic Holoshimmer in the rays of the setting sun|
So she kinda/sorta has some appliqué. Meh, technically she doesn't but it's a second project and I'm good with what she is. I think Island Batik will be too; they're an all-inclusive company, sending giveaways and boxes to ambassadors around the globe, so Greta will be most welcome, I know it.
She was a flimsy in a few sessions of sewing on Tillie, my 1951 Scottish-made Featherweight.
|Beakless. Well, the top half of it anyhow.|
Greta had some ideas of her own, however.
She wanted feathers on her breast once I aquiesced to her 3D beak. Yeah, about that beak: I could just 'see' it, prairie-point-style and all, and so what was I to do, but rip out her upper lip seam (ouch) and insert said prairie-point beak? How could I say no to feathers? (And she gave me an idea for a new FMQ filler as a thank you, but that's another post, once I practice it.)
Just as with Brianne's Give thanks runner, I mainly used the Madeira polyneon for quilting. I cannot say enough about the sheen. And then Greta said, "It's not enough!" And I said, 'Heh?' and then I realized she wanted Sulky Holoshimmer metallic thread in her pink and orange tail feathers. Okaaaay... that meant a lot of stops and starts. However, after stitching super-tiny stitches in grey polyester, cutting only the top thread, inserting a Schmetz metallica needle, threading up with Holoshimmer, sewing a few super-tiny stitches with it and then continuing on until I had to stop to switch back to grey...I hit upon a nifty solution: use the ditch to travel! Very few insane switching of threads and needles ensued.
I used Aurifil variegated 50 wt (my own) to hand stitch her eyes in place, and I used the pink 28 wt Aurifil sent me to topstitch the binding down on the front of the mini quilt. Speaking of binding, I got quite the kick out of using one of Island Batik's Basics, 'Flamingo' to bind a turkey mini quilt!
Here's the back, some left over yardage of 'Dear William' from last year, the gold of which has a nice autumn vibe.
Bella was a great quilt inspector, as noted on Instagram. She found a spot I'd missed with the walking foot quilting.
Those of you more observant types will notice exposed 2X4's (I think) behind Bella...sigh. MacGyver had to carve out two ceiling to floor lengths under the dormer to show the inspector (not Bella, but just as persnickety) that the dormer was fully supported with a double 2X4 down to the concrete blocks of the basement. Sigh again.
Here's Greta the Gobbler in the wild, well, in the straw; okay actually, technically, in the ornamental grasses!
Pattern: Gobble Gobble by Center Street Quilts
Size: 18.5" square
Fabric: Island Batik
Backing: Island Batik
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Wool
Threads: pieced on my 1951 Featherweight with Aurifil 50 wt; quilted with Madeira Polyneon, Sulky Holoshimmer metallic.
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