Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blue Patches...

I've finished another UFO.  I made this quilt top at the end of last year using the disappearing 9-Patch pattern.

D9-Patch quilt top

It remained a flimsy (unquilted top) for the last six months.  I knew when I made it, that I would give it to my mom.  (Her favorite color is blue.)  And today she finally received it!

Mom with her quilt

When I've talked about this quilt, I always referred to it as D9-Patch - its working title.  But as with most of my quilts when I finished it I changed the name.  I'm now calling it Blue Patches.

This quilt is the reason I was practicing my trapunto technique a couple of weeks ago.

Blue Patches back

If I was going to go to all the work of quilting it twice (in some cases), I wanted to make sure you could see the end result.

And I think the trapuntoed feathers show up really well on the white background.

I used several threads on this quilt - YLI 100# silk thread, clear monofilament thread and Guterman 50# thread.  Having used the 100# silk thread on a few quilting projects now, I must admit that I love how it looks.  It's also a pleasure to quilt with.  I definitely see myself investing in some more of it in the future.  (By the way, this is also the same thread I use for all my hand applique.)

The quilt top was 36" square before I started quilting it.  With all the heavy quilting, it ended up being 35" square.  I figure I spent 10 times more time quilting it than I did piecing it.  But I actually enjoyed the quilting - which I don't often find to be the case.  (I prefer just making the tops.)

I quilted trapuntoed feathers in the 4 large blocks, the sashing and the borders.  Then I did a very small stipple around all the feathers.  I also drew all the feathers by hand.  I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable with that process as well.

Until later...

"We can't even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is." 
1 John 3:2 (NLT)

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