Love it! I finished my Winter Nine Patch today in time to wash and photograph it on this cold be sunny day.
This quilt is best seen in person, because the fancy quilted snowflakes probably don’t show well in the pictures. In person, though, they are a subtle frosting all over the quilt. The term “surface embellishment” comes to my mind with these. No beads or buttons or spangles, just slightly shiny, etherial snowflakes.
I quilted this by stitching in all the ditches on the front with Superior’s Bottom Line thread. This gave me a nice, stable, flat, square quilt.
Then I flipped it over and quilted from the back. I quilted the large batiked snowflakes of the backing fabric, and added smaller ones in the gaps between. I used Bottom Line in the top, and a very heavy, shiny, white rayon thread for the bobbin work. I think it is YLI, but the bottom cap and label are missing, so I’ll never be sure. The thickness is similar to Superior’s Razzle Dazzle. I got very lucky in sewing with this. I left my top tension alone (4), and loosened the bobbin a half turn, and my first sample was perfect. I wasn’t really sewing with the rayon, I was just letting it ride on the surface while I caught it with the top thread. Even with the top-stitch needle, this thread was way too heavy to ever really form stitches with. That’s okay, it showed more this way.
The batik snowflakes were harder to quilt than I had guessed. They were irregular and unsymmetrical. To do it over, I would use a marker to trace better patterns over top of the prints. Instead, I improvised and “improved” them as I went along. I am happy.
You know what I’ll be snuggling under on this wintery evening!
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF at Celtic Thistle Stitches.
January 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM
What a marvelous finish! Love it. Turned out great.
January 18, 2013 at 6:26 PM
The perfect quilt for the winter, I love your quilted snowflakes,
Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!
January 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM
Very nice – love that tree fabric!
January 18, 2013 at 8:12 PM
Lovely, well done!
January 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM
Snowflakes are a wonderful addition
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January 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM
I love the fabrics in your “Winter” quilt, especially the trees, and the machine quilting is great. I have a fabric that I want to use to try quilting from the back like you did with your snowflakes.
January 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I love your Winter Nine Patch quilt – very atmospheric and ‘shivery’ , belying the warmth it will bring. Do you have the name of the beautiful Birch Tree fabric, please – I can’t find one with a black (or very dark grey?) background.
Thanks, Val E.
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