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

31 comments:

LisaT said...

Stunning!!! And I truly appreciate you sharing all of the information! Thank you!!

Shirley in Canada said...

absolutely awesome!!

Lara B. said...

Judi, I am in utter and total AWE! There are shivers going up and down my spine!

Leeanne said...

Always, ALWAYS breath taking quilting!

Barbara M. said...

M E R A V I G L I O S O! Do you think that it will be possible to follow your tutorial also if I don't have a long arm, but only a traditional sewing machine? I love every single stitch in this quilt. Brava!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Wow you are an amazing quilter. One of these days I would love to have my patchwork quilted by you... a girl can dream right!!?

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Amazing! I am truly speechless at your talent!

Jeneta said...

Honestly, your quilting is absolutely amazing. I really don't know what to say. A beautiful quilt top is transformed into something incredibly stunning.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I can't express the way your quilting hits me...it is so stunning Judi!!! I don't know how you do this so very well...I need you here with me!!!!!!!

Sharon said...

Very nice mixture of textures. Thank you for sharing all your technical information. My eye was drawn to that modification of a pumpkin seed in the and the way it creates a secondary pattern.

Kate C said...

Great job! Such a cute quilt and the quilting is amazing, so much texture and interest. I love the flowers- looking forward to the tutorial!

Kathryn said...

You are truly an artist!

Sandy D said...

Amazing both the pattern and the Quilting.I like the before and after shots. They show what the end results can be. BEAUTIFUL.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Beautiful! You are so talented! Love it!!

Melissa Corry said...

Just Stunning!!! I love the quilting you did in the background, those little flowers are just precious!!

Kristy said...

So glad you finished this. Your quilting is so amazing. I love the flower swirl background stitching. Just so sweet. You are such a gifted quilter as well as designer. Thanks for sharing with us. K-

Karen said...

Well done Judi. I really like the little flower. As for me, well, I bought the pattern and picked out all my fabrics and was ready to join the QAL. That's as far as I've gotten. But you've inspired me to pull it out and move it to the front of the line :).

Bonnie said...

Thanks for posting the before and after pictures of the quilt. That helped so much to see the difference your work made. Beautiful!

Helen L said...

gorgeous!! I love the front and the back!! I have the pattern, now just to make it! :-) Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Michele said...

Wow. Just wow!

Lesley said...

Your quilt is so gorgeous, and then your quilting takes it to another level!

Jane S. said...

Wow! Your quilting makes it looks like it was made of rich brocade fabrics. What a wonderful quilt. :)

curious said...

Beautiful workmanship! Sincerely, Paula K.

Karen said...

I am so looking forward to your tutorials! Thank you for all the pictures! I love this quilt!

Kathy said...

Wow, this is just beautiful. Your quilting definitely gives it a beautiful finish. I have your pattern but haven't used it yet. I almost think I should send the top to you when I'm done so you can make it beautiful!!

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

Hi judy - as much as I love your superb quilt design and piecing - it is the quilting itself that always leaves me drooling (and a little awestruck)...Every quilt I've seen that you've quilted has just been perfect - and I've started using double layers of batting, too, and really love the effect it gives the quilting design...Hope to someday be at a course you're teaching...you're my quilting hero! Thanks for another wonderful share.

Quiltineering said...

I can't stop looking at those gorgeous pictures! You do truly amazing work.

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Una labor preciosa!! una joya, besos

make.share.give said...

Beautiful! Amazing! Love this!

tac73 said...

Absolutely amazing quilting!

Loris said...

Found your quilting of this on YouTube. Such a cute pattern and your quilting is inspiring! Thank you for sharing your skill and creativity. and in case I missed it somewhere...I hope to see how you quilted your Metro Rings someday.