Wow, this has been a long time coming and it is finally finished, even the binding. Pre-quilting it was 88″ x 106″ and one of the largest quilts I have made. It’s hanging on it’s side from the front gutter of my house and resting on the sidewalk.
The fabrics I used were Northcott Banyan and my favorite muslin. It was the first time I have used the Banyans and I’m not sure how much I like them. I love the rich colors and the feel of the fabric, however it has more stretch than I am used to. On the other hand, I love how it washed up. There was no bleeding.
The entire quilt is paper pieced which made for a quick and accurate finish. My patience was reaching it’s end while working on the outside border blocks which is why I began there. Any time I have blocks I know I’ll tire of they’re where I start. Knowing much easier blocks will follow keeps me on track and I have fewer UFO’s.
The design is my own.
I love how the center turned out with the stretched triangles forming flying geese. It may be a design I revisit in the distant future. Perhaps a square quilt instead of a rectangle, I don’t know. What I do know is, it was a very long way around this quilt when binding.
Batting is Hobbs 100% cotton. For quilting I chose to add feathers in the red around the center and cross hatching in all the white. The real work was outlining all the triangles. This was the most ruler work I have done on any quilt and I am feeling more confident with ruler in hand.
Here’s another first, I used Superior Threads MasterPiece for quilting. Until now I have always used Signature with an occasional KingTut and SoFine when my machine cooperated. Now that I have found a thread that my domestic and longarm both like I can weed out some of the other threads to make room for additional colors of MasterPiece. When I purchased my longarm I set a goal to use the same thread on both machines. I’ve tried multiple brands, they all worked well on the Juki but not so much on the Gammill. After adjusting tension slightly and adding a thread net I was quilting away.
Finish # 2 is this cute little panel I quilted and bound for a friend of my niece. Does that count as a finish since most of the work was already done using the panel?
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