Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sweet Surrender Quilt

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Okay, so it took me a little while to finish this quilt top.  It is amazing that I find I don't have as much time quilting as I would like, but I am making it work and the quilts I am privileged to work on are always so much fun.  This client quilt was no different. 
The quilt is Beth's, and she did an amazing job with the applique and piecing.  I always love working on her quilt tops.  The quilt design is called "Sweet Surrender" by Sue Cody of Dragonfly Studio.  I looked everywhere on the internet to find a link to her website, but couldn't find it.  However - I did find where you can purchase the pattern, you can do that here.

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The center of the quilt is hand pieced with pressed open seams.  Those of you who quilt know what that means for you, as the quilter.  I wanted to be sure to not compromise the quilt top, so I was very careful with the seams.  I didn't stitch in the ditch, but stitched slightly to the side of each seam.  You will notice that in some of the close-up pictures.  I just have to say though - this quilt is amazing.  The hand work is incredible.  The hand applique is unreal - Beth should be very proud of her work.

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The border design came fairly easy to me as I just emphasized the shapes that were there.  I love the triangles in the border and I absolutely love the quilting balance that takes place by simply changing the direction of straight lines.
Oh, and before I forget - I used Fil-Tec Glide thread for the top and Magna Glide bobbins for the bottom thread.  I used Hobbs 100% cotton with Hobbs 80/20 batting.  I love the loft of two batting layers used together.

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Here is another shot of a different corner.  It really is hard to narrow down pictures for posts.  I love them all!
 
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The background triangles for the applique blocks were so fun to play with.  The above picture shows the tiling affect I like to stitch out, but it was so much more fun in a diagonal pattern.  The secondary design is incredible. 

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I had 4 different background designs for the triangle blocks and I just quilted them in a diagonal pattern.

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You can see that in more detail in the picture above.

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So gorgeous!

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The background fills are always my favorite.  So fun and tedious to quilt around the applique, but oh, so worth it.

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The straight line quilting in the diamond blocks worked out perfectly.  It really adds so much to the quilt top.  It is simple, but effective and gives the quilt top a perfect quilting balance.

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Eek!  Isn't this so fun?

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This picture shows how I stitch on applique, but not a lot.  The applique does not need to have a lot of detail inside because of the quilting in the background.

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The half triangles were so fun to quilt up.  I loved that the design fit so nicely, like a block that was cut in half perfectly.

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Ahh!  The back!  Isn't it amazing?  I just love the texture.

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One more look! 

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Oh, and I have a new favorite pair of scissors that I started to use with this quilt top.  They are so sharp, but cut the thread like butter.  There are curved, which is what I need and I can get really close to my thread stop point, so no hanging threads. We just recently added these Karen Kay Buckley scissors to our notion page on our website, www.greenfairyquilts.com.

Okay, I hope you liked the quilt!  It was so much fun to work on and I have another one that I will be able to start on in January.  Look for a Christmas piecing tutorial coming up.  Also, if you haven't had a chance to take my iquilt class, Quilting Makes a Difference - do, I think you will like it. One more thing, I have an event coming up in March, info here

Have a great week!

34 comments:

~Diana said...

Oh my gosh, this is stunning! Wow!

Carol M said...

I love everything about this quilt...the piecing, the appliqué, and the quilting is to die for!!! Thanks for sharing.

Maggie Mccormick said...

Love all of your creative work. You are amazing.

GranChris said...

Such beautiful quilting and piecing. Amazing.

Becki @ the beach said...

This is crazy good! I love how your quilting works with the applique..enhancing it
Thanks for allowing us to admire...
Caltexgal@aol.com

Leeanne said...

YUMMYLUSHOUS!

eleni_s said...

This is such an amazing quilt! The design of the top is very pretty and beautifully worked and the quality of the quilting enhances all the details. Thank you for sharing, well done to both of you! !!

Roxanne Sposato said...

Fantabulous, Awesome, Gorgeous & Breathtakingly Beautiful is all I can say!

Roxanne Sposato said...

Fantabulous, Awesome, Gorgeous & Breathtakingly Beautiful is all I can say!

Kay said...

This is absolutely incredible, both the design of the quilt an the the actual quilting. This really is a family heirloom. x

jan said...

Gorgeous quilt and your quilting is fantastic. It adds so much to an already beautiful design.

qwilltr said...

Do you travel around the applique to get the lines in between? If you started and stopped that many it times it would be so hard. This is amazing! I love your quilting!

Diane Russell said...

This is a quilt that you should write a book or pamplet about.
The piecing and applique and the quilting just go beautify together. This one is a definite quilt show winner,

Liz Horgan said...

WOW! Everything about this quilt is amazing!! The piecing, the applique, the quilting.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
I was thinking the same thing as qwilltr - it was hard to see travel stitching around the applique.

Tracey Holzer said...

Breath taking...both the quilt and the quilting!!! Great job to you both.

Needled Mom said...

Absolutely stunning!

MaryBeth said...

Oh my goodness. You are so talented!! That is a fantastic quilt. Your client will be thrilled I'm sure!!

Lisa Wiltse said...


Just Beautiful!

How did you go around the applique pieces without stopping and starting again?

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Breathtakingly Beautiful!! What an awesome combo you and Beth made with her quilt top and your quilting. It is gorgeous!!!!

Judy said...

Beth did a fabulous job with the piecing and applique. Her color choices are wonderful, too. I makes for a beautiful quilt, but your quilting makes it a real winner. I'm blown away.

Sandi said...

Your client is going to love the beauty you brought ou in her gorgeous wuilt. You did an amazing job!

claudia said...

Gorgeous quilt! The piecing is just amazing, the colors are WOW! Your quilting is beyond words! I could look at this quilt all day, it is so pleasing!

koberg said...

OMG, simply beautiful and your quilting is superb. I love looking at the backside!!!!!

Christa said...

It's so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Anne Beier said...

You both did an incredible job on this quilt. I am really wowed by both of your work. And I have those scissors too. They are great.

Where are you giving these classes?

Mary Bolton said...

Another beauty! Thanks for sharing.

Debbie said...

Absolutely beautiful! The quilting highlights the wonderful happy fabrics. Thank you for showing this beauty.

kitty said...

Absolutely fabulous!! The piecing, the appliqué and the quilting!!! Your quilting is of the highest imaginable standards, unreal!!
Thank you for sharing so much beauty and perfection!

KaHolly said...

The quilt, all by itself, is a amazing, but your quilting has turned it into a masterpiece!

mascanlon said...

Just so beautiful! The applique is stunning and your quilting a perfect addition.

Helen L said...

so beautiful!! This quilt is what happens when two artists merge their work: pure perfection!!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!

Rebecca Grace said...

What an amazing quilt! It is just stunning. Beth's piecing and applique skills are perfectly matched by your gorgeous machine quilting. Just, WOW!!

Anne Beier said...

I am curious about how you quilted this with two layers of batting? Do you think this can only be done using a Longarmer?