Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Flower Patch QAL Quilt Finished.

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Remember when I started this quilt forever ago? I started a quilt along for my Flower Patch quilt pattern - one of my favorite quilts that I have designed.  I also promised to show you how I quilted this top, so a video tutorial is going to be posted in a couple of days - watch for that.

The fabric used in the quilt is Flats by Angela Yosten for Moda Fabrics - I love this fabric, and used a jelly roll and layer cake for the piecing.  Sadly this fabric is out of stock now, but you can use any fabric line that you like to make this quilt. I used Moda Bella Solid 9900-97 for the background white fabric- this is my go-to white fabric and I use it for all of my projects.

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I used two layers of batting.  Hobbs 80/20 blend and 100% cotton together.  I love using two layers of batting to give my quilts a lot of texture within the quilting.  Plus the density of my quilting makes it so two layers are just better.
For thread I used Fil-Tec Glide Pearl for the top and magna-glide pre-wound bobbins for the bottom thread.  The combination was perfect, I love how it looks.
The quilting took me a little over 15 hours to complete.  So, not too long, but long enough ;-)
The quilting was done on my A-1 longarm and was free motion quilted along with a little ruler work. 

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I wanted to have the flower blocks pop by quilting a dense background and also by quilting simple straight lines within the flower block.

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You can see the difference the quilting makes between these two pictures.  I love the fabric so much and the pieced design is so fun, but the quilting finishes it off so nice. 

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I love how the simple swirls in the strips and diamond connecting curves within the square shapes look, so fabulous!
 
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The bottom of the quilt is one of my favorite parts of the quilting. I love using straight lines within rectangle sections of quilts.  The squiggle swirl is also a favorite.

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So the background quilting is a swirl, circle and flower combination.  I had a lot of fun bringing in the flower shape to the background of the quilt.  I will share how I do this on my tutorial coming soon.

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The back looks just as amazing as the front.  This is why I love to use solid fabrics for the backs of my quilts.  The color I used for the back is called Golden Wheat and it is the perfect color for this quilt and looks amazing with the brick red fabric I used for the binding.

Don't you just love this texture?

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Well, I hope you like it.  I sure do.  I am glad to have this finished and I encourage those of you who started this quilt-along with me to pick it back up and finish.  I can't wait to see what you come up with on my Flickr group.

Also, those of you who want to make this quilt, you can find the paper pattern here and the PDF pattern here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dropping in to say Hi!

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Summer is in full swing here and I am having such a wonderful time with my family.  I had a little setback last week with being sick, - but I am finally getting to a project that I am really excited about.  Unfortunately this project is one that I can not share at the moment, but (hopefully) you'll be happy to know that I am working on the first quilt for my second book proposal.  Fingers crossed the editor likes my new idea for a book.  

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I am also having fun trying out some Wool/Cotton Batting by Hobbs.  Wow, I love it so far!  Seriously, I think it is my new favorite batting. Also, it is working great with the Kimono Silk thread.  Anyway, I hope you all are having a great time with your families this summer, and hopefully making some time for sewing. 

Speaking of thread, have you seen all the new Aurifil thread we just added? It's all on sale!!

Talk soon!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Watch out world, I am on youtube!


 Here's a little video I found that makes me look like a total nerd.  I stutter and forget words and who knows where I am looking while I am talking (there wasn't a cue card) but, it's fun to see this just the same.  It's always good to laugh at ourselves, right?  

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Coastal Lily is finished!

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For those of you who follow Thelma, you will recognize her Coastal Lily quilt. This is a quilt pattern designed by Minick and Simpson made in traditional colors, but the coloring in this quilt is more up my alley.  There is some Bonnie and Camille and I spied some V and Co fabric as well.  The quilt is just so happy.  Before I even knew what quilt Thelma was sending me, I knew I wanted to quilt this one.  It was such a wonderful surprise to find out she would be sending this to me. Totally meant to be, right? 

Quick Stats.

I used Glide thread for the top, color 20005 pearl - and So Fine #402 for the bobbin. I used a double layer of batting, 100% cotton and 80/20 Hobbs.  This gives the quilt more dimension to the quilt because of my detailed quilting. I marked the quilt as I advanced each row with my purple disappearing marker and I used my straight ruler to help me keep my lines straight.  Everything else is free-motion quilting on my non-computerized A-1 longarm.   

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Okay, so now hopefully all the questions are answered and I can just talk about my quilting. I have to say thank you first to Thelma for letting me quilt this up.  She lets me do my thing and I am so happy with how it turned out.  

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My favorite part of the quilt is the top and bottom row quilting.  The stepping out squares was so fun to design and amazingly it worked out perfectly the first time I drew it out.  It doesn't always happen that way, but when it does - I am so grateful! 

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Isn't the texture just awesome? 

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I wish it was staying on my quest room bed, but for now I'll just enjoy looking at it until I ship it off. 

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There are a lot of straight lines, stitch in the ditch and outlining that went into this quilt. 

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I loved how the lilies turned out.  The outside 1/2 inch straight lines were perfect for the small side borders. 

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At the top of the above picture you can see a cute lily flower.  I drew that up and came up with a template for this design.  It was so fun to quilt up and I feel it gave a softness to the pieced lilies.  

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The feather motif was free motion quilted and I love the diamond corners in each one. I am so excited to finally have a finish!  First one of the summer! I hope you like it!  

And, one more thing!  Thanks so much for all your sweet comments on my last couple of posts! You are so sweet to me.  If you do have questions for me - please email me directly at judi (at) greenfairyquilts.com - it is easier for me to answer emails directly to me and not through the blog. 

Thanks!