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28.3 Finishing it Up Just to Start Again!

November 4, 2012

So I put one quilt on my “hit list” and that inspires me to get a “move on” for several others.

I was writing up 5-6 different types of lists (by hand, not by spreadsheet) of different quilting projects at different stages, putting the quilt ideas into groups.

Voila I still have many many that are ready to quilt for FMQ (which is mostly the stage I am at with my Exothermic Quilt anyway, but I’d like a tiny bit more practice.

The biggest finish / progress that is hard to see

Yesterday, I got back out the FMQ foot and the arufil mono filament thread, and quilted down Dancing Ribbons.

Only on the top of each ribbon, and only on the outline of the star.

The first thing I did was to stabilize the outside circle with the monofilament thread but then I didn’t like I how I did that, and later went back and did another circle around the quilt with another pass of monofilament which was more stable.

But then I quilted the outside with a colored thread.

And then I got brave and decided to requilt the circle a third time  with a ‘FMQ zig zag” which would eliminate my need to be good or perfect along the circle.  So I quilted over my monofilament completely and as you can see I haven’t picked out the monofilament underneath yet.

A couple of weeks ago I tightened up this entire quilt.  It was hard to show any progress, so I couldn’t exactly show pictures. But what I did was this:

The quilt was originally sewn with white thread. All the wedges had white thread. When I basted this to a backing, the white thread kept showing through. Kept showing and I didn’t like it.

I ripped off the quilt from the basting, and I took dark thread and sewed just a scant behind it. Never ripping out the white thread, but just by sewing 2 threads over inside the original seam every time the seam was stressed by pulling now what would be seen would be dark thread – which actually was a big improvement.

And this helped tighten up the quilt that was sorta bulging in the center anyway.

But it’s really hard to see the double seam and now the thing is quilted, and I forgot pictures.

And here’s what I’m thinking for the binding (need to sew together & put on, but I think decided).

Actually I may get a tiny bit of gold piping for the outside just a small amount of piping on this would be just the right touch.  Will have access to piping foot and piping knowledge at a retreat starting wednesday.

Other Finishes

I am also finishing up some of the other mini quilts that I have quilted, by doing the finishing touches on – the binding of the minimalist fibonacci, the star on the space miniquilt & the binding on it.

Here’s the appliqued stars in the center.

As you can see there are now two stars and the circle is less noticeable in the center.  Perhaps if I get crazy I could bead it up?? Perhaps.

And the one fibonacci quilt?

The other – the feather fibonacci, is probably getting ripped out this coming week.

I keep looking and looking at the red back thread poking through – knowing I can do better with the tension.  Or at least match the thread on the back with the front thread.

And I was going to play up the red and go with a red piping, but unless the thread on top is quilted with red, I won’t use a red piping, but I do want to learn piping, so I’ll have a border piped around the edge of this border of some alternate color!

The Start of a new Shiny

And since I’m finishing, or near finishing – the darn LQS!

I had to go in there during a sale, and I HAD to see this quilt that was all quilted up with the sample quilt. And this quilt looks like it was just MADE FOR ME, so I had to purchase the pattern and decide to work on it this week at retreat!

Take a look at the new shiny. VERY Darla-esque!

And since it calls for 4 yards of fabric for each color of the quilt, I will actually divide & conquer the sections with my neutrals (again – just like the gemini sky quilt) and possibly even my darks (I never have more than 2 yards of any kind of fabric).

Meet the Kings Puzzle, which will be my fibonacci inspired quilt (OP Art quilt style)

And some possible fabrics

But on second & third thought what about red and black for this quilt?

May have to also try that as well! Or black and hot pink?

I may just switch up the fabrics or make several variations of this quilt, we’ll see how it goes with my original colors and fabrics.

TOO MANY CHOICES!!!! But Fun!! 🙂

9 comments

  1. I really admire you and Frances for being brave enough to unquilt or unsew when the work does not make you happy. Your pieces are beautiful and your new project is out of this world. Lots to keep you busy and out of trouble.


  2. Darla, your dancing ribbons quilt is stunning!!!


  3. I love first two photos; they give so nicely the idea.


  4. That pattern does look like your style.. really cool! All your quilts fit into that category. You are so creative!


  5. Your quilts are so gorgeous! Glad you’re making progress finishing some. It would drive me completely crazy to have these pretty things that can’t yet be displayed. I like your new project, too.


  6. Dancing Ribbons is SO pretty. The quilting is going to enhance it very nicely. That Kings Puzzle quilt looks hard. However, I’ve noticed that you love a challenge. So, enjoy!


  7. Your dancing ribbon quilt is beautiful! I like how it is quilted. You do fabulous quilting designs.

    The mini quilt is very attractive as well.


  8. I really like the Dancing Ribbons quilt. Did you use a pattern? And what a great idea about tightening up. Will have to keep that in mind.


    • the pattern is called dancing ribbons and is free from AQS. search for dancing ribbons pattern and you will find it. This is double the size and still pretty small however!



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