Friday, 20 April 2012

A finish and some feathers

I finished my scrappy triangles quilt. I've been working on this since last year to use up all my triangles from binding etc.

I am a bit 50/50 about this as I made a mistake with the backing. I quilted each block separately as I wanted to practise my FMQ flowers on it and they came out fine but I used a sheet that I bought that was brushed cotton for the back. This didn't cause problems for the quilting, but it is a bit thicker than normal so wasn't very good when it came to piecing the blocks together.

I would normally use the same fabric for the back sashing as the backing so it blends, but it was far too thick to work with so I went for the one I used on the front. After I started I realised it was too much, but I couldn't be bothered unpicking and starting again. So I finished it but am not really happy with it.

From a distance it doesn't look too bad but up close the stitching is too noticeable and because of the thicker backing fabric the sashing parts are too firm and rough feeling.

But, you live and learn and as this was a scrap quilt thats what they are for in my book. To try and new things and see what does and in this case doesn't work.

Here are some close ups of the flowers.

I've also finally starting quilting Kathleens Quilt. I've had it pieced (in four quarters) for weeks but kept putting it off. I feel more emotionally invested in this quilt than any other I've made so wanted to be sure I knew what design I was doing.

Its mainly feathers with some up and down lines in parts.

I will quilt this in the four pieces, but I am not going to use sashing to join it together. I won't quilt right to the edge for these pieces, but will then sew them together and finish differently. I'll post the details when I get to that part.


Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Wow - looks like you and your new machine are getting along famously! Scrappy quilts are awesome :)

Lane said...

Love the quilting in those squares. Don't you hate it when a fabric does something unexpected? I got a package from Royal Mail the other day. Haven't had a chance to blog about it. But, I LOVED the little quilt!!! Thanks so much! Lane

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

The quilting is lovely! Do you do them free motion or draw the pattern? And the scrappy quilt looks really good.

Shay said...

Your quilting on the scrappy quilt is wonderful. Im so sorry you werent happy with the backing but I agree with you - sometimes we do things to try out a new idea and learn a lot from the experience.

I cant wait to see the paper pieced quilt in all it's loveliness!

Kelly said...

It's gorgeous Shevvy! Love the quilting you did.

Leanne said...

I think this turned out wonderfully. Have you washed it yet, as I think washing may solve a lot of your back issue.