Saturday, November 25, 2017

Eagle Quilt

Thanksgiving has just ended and here I sit cider close by ready to get this next post out to you. It has been sitting in my "Unposted" box for a while. With 2 custom quilts on the board all of my other quilts fell behind. So it was a mad dash to get them completed and back to their homes. I am down to 2 quilts then I plan on working on some renovations and my own quilting with some teaching videos to come. The list is long for both.

Take a look at this amazing Eagle quilt below. This quilt was exciting and intimidating all in one. 
This one is definitely a Custom Job.
This custom quilt is no different from any other custom quilt. Which means the designing process took some time. Below it is hanging up ready and waiting to be put on the frame quilted.
 The applique on this quilt was perfect.
 Check out the stitches from the back on the picture below.
 Time to get started. 
Once the quilt is loaded and all flat. I feel that basting the quilt helps to keep tucks to a minimum on the back. 
 Also, this is very helpful when you turn your quilt.
All of the layers stay right where they are supposed to be.
 Many different threads and colors were used. 
 This feather is what finally broke through the designing process for me. 
Four of these feathers were quilted just outside of the center point.
 Once all 4 of them were quilted the rest fell into place.

Then the center circle(above) and the four outer corners were filled with dense swirls.(below)
Each corner has this dome of swirls.
Then the crosshatching was afoot. :) So much crosshatching 
The tools I used: (below)
-an 18" ruler to match up the lines from each side of the quilt. 
-a purple disappearing marker (which worked great)

Working outward from the center. Making sure that the crosshatching matched up.
More like praying. 

Loose open swirls were quilted under the wings around the whole quilt.
The red wings had double bump feathers. 

The brown parts of the eagle have pointy feathers.

Straight lines all around in the blue and red I also changed the thread colors.

It's very rare to densely quilt a quilt and not have wavy borders. When you are densely quilting the center of your quilt it will scrunch up. Once you get to the border you will have the same scrunchiness happening. This causes wavy borders. So do many other things but this is the case for this quilt and many others I have quilted dense quilting is the culprit.

How I tackled wavy borders on this quilt?  
First I quilted the stem for the feather which will help secure the border. 

Then(below) I used a wavy line of stitching along the outer edge of the border to grab it just a bit here and there. If you go with a straight line will cause a big pucker at the end of the border. 
The purpose of this wavy line is to help hold down the edges of you border while you quilt your motif. This method will help to keep tucks from happening in the middle of your motif.
My motifs are feathers with stipples on the outer edges. 
Using a dense motif such as stippling or piano keys(straight lines) will help ease in any bulk you may have in your quilt.
Before I remove the quilt from the frame I like to take a good look at all of the stitching to make sure that I have not missed any stitching. This is a must and sometimes I will go over it many times before removing the quilt.
With all of the crosshatching it is very easy to miss a line or 2. So I like to stick a pin in the spots that need quilting and before I roll the quilt again, I will make sure to quilt the pinned spot.
This quilt was a ton of fun to quilt and learn new quilting skills.
I find with each quilt I learn something new. 
Learning is Growing and without growth we become stagnate.
So keep Learning and Growing.
Without Change we will never Grow. So step out of you comfort zone and do something new.
This quilt was way outside of my comfort zone and it helped me to become a better quilter.

Thank You,
for sending your quilt to me and being so patient. 

My little Angel

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Flying Geese

Quilting away here, mixed with homeschooling, doctor visits, vet visits, and house cleaning. It's been a busy time but I did happen to complete a quilt in the mess of things. Oh... if I could only quilt and go on hikes for just 1 week and not have to leave my house. That would be heaven. I'll try this week and let you know how that one went. In the meantime check out this 

beautiful flying geese quilt

It has stitch in the ditch, feathered wreaths, echoing, feathers, crosshatching, and swirls.

Above is a picture of the Back 
Here is the Front
A beautiful flying geese quilt with a large border gives me a ton of room for Free Motion Quilting. This quilt measures 52" x 52" so it small enough to baste it all around the outer edges of the quilt. Above you can see a straight basting stitch. This is the top and bottom of the quilt. Below you can see a zigzag basting stitch this is the sides of the quilt. This helps tuck down any fullness. When basting you want to make sure your quilt is straight. Usually, you can determine this by the inner borders and how far away it is from the edge and center of the quilt. Always remember that as you quilt the fabric will tighten up. So having a slight puff is okay. By following and measuring your borders all the way down your quilt will also help to make sure your quilt is straight. 

Once the quilt has been basted all around, trimming off the excess batting will help as you roll your quilt back and forth. I like to leave an inch or so just in case. This method means that you will only use 2 leaders to hold your quilt instead of 3. It is a Float and Baste method, which means before you begin quilting your quilt has been completely basted to your backing.

Ready to quilt.

A few tools for the job.
Purple Disappearing Marker
Straight edge ruler
2 inch Circle ruler for the feathered wreaths
and always a Clover stitch picker
Thread - So Fine 402
Batting - Hobbs 80/20

 I started off with SID, echo work then the feathered wreaths. 
They were my favorite parts of the quilt.
The center is done.

I pulled in 4 feathers from each borders edge.

For my feathers, I like to quilt the spine first, Up and Down the Spine.
 Then feathers up one side of the spine and Echoed down on the outside of the feathers. Repeat to the other side of the spine. Your starting and ending point should be at the base of the feather.
For the fillers Crosshatching and
Since my last quilt, I am trying to mark as little as possible. Which can be difficult if you want perfect little squares.
For the 1 inch Crosshatching, I went around the entire quilt with 1-inch diagonal lines. Then I came back around the whole quilt with this next method.
If your lines are spaced evenly apart you can use the next line as a starting guide. 
My ruler has horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines which will help me to make a perfect square if I'm careful and take my time.
 Using the guidelines on your ruler will help you to make a perfect crosshatch.
For my crosshatching, I will quilt the same line twice instead of traveling along the feather. 
Up then Down the diagonal crosshatch line.

All Done!!!
Thank you, Sandra

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