Posts Tagged ‘Dancing Ribbons’

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35.4 Requilting the Dancing Ribbons Quilt

June 15, 2014

This quilt has had a LOT of ‘redos’ on it, and now I am redoing the”final” quilting as well. This project was considered finished in January of 2013, I put down the 20th to be exact. It has been hanging on the back of my front door in the time since the quilt has been finished – the sleeve went on long ago.

The recent talk of some of my online quilting friends of Round Robins has lead me to look at many different Round Robin pictures on Pinterest & other places, which has caused me to think of how delightful this Dancing Ribbons would look as an on-point center of a larger quilt.

I have been subscribed to Ann Peterson’s Craftsy class “Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine”, and I was watching it recently, and I think I can take her medallion quilt techniques and put corners on this quilt and set the already quilted quilt on point.

The original design.

Dancing Ribbons at the Show

This quilt has always been special, but it has been missing the “fantastic-ness” I usually love in quilting. That AND I LOVE changing things up, adding a little bit more, and a little bit more.

All this talk about Round Robins and turning a quilt on point reminds me of my favorite picture of my small dancing ribbons quilt.

Dancing Ribbons Quilt

I have also recently been watching Cindy Needham’s Craftsy class on Wholecloth Quilting and between two two classes, I have been brave enough last weekend to rip off the binding, rip out the piping and rip out the adequate but not spectacular FMQ done on the outer edge (which ripping took way too long considering there wasn’t all that much of it really).

So this went from a finished project to an unfinished project that I have renewed excitement about.

I decided a variation of the last post what I want to do with this quilt, posting an EQ7 picture of what I (currently) envision the finished quilt to look like.

dancing ribbons medallion choice5

Over two different days this past week, I have tried to purchase the brighter versions of blue for the outside. I have yet to decide exactly which blues will go. The first batch all the blues were exactly the same shade.

dancing ribbons corner colors

 

 

Now I have a more varied number of blues and a different in between color. Freshly washed.

dancing ribbon fabric choices 2

 

Still living with the colors & values right now to see what I like.

On Tuesday, I spent a generous amount of time creating ‘sunshine & shadows’ (Cindy’s term) by adding crosshatch lines as background filler to the currently finished quilting project.

And a few stitches in the middle of the quilt for the yellow portions.

crosshatch quilting on negative space

Then I found this really great picture of quilting online which inspired my own version of the spade/heart shape, modifying the design of Gerri Smit to put in the corners of my original quilt to give the quilt some light pizzaz.

drawing inspired by a quilt on pintrest

I have improved some on my FMQ this past year, and 2014 is the year of FMQ, so this is very exciting to me right now!

And if you didn’t notice earlier, here are my attempts at adding pizzaz. Didn’t take many different takes at getting this right, this design I didn’t have to practice too much, and it adds so much detail to this quilt.

Dancing Ribbons Freshly quilted with Details

Today was another sewing day, but even though I have momentum on this idea, because I am still hashing out the colors in my head for the right fabric, I changed direction and did some straight line stitching all over my card trick quilt (now my oldest UFO).

Card Trick has been basted for a month or two. I chose an orange/brown color thread over the top of the card trick pieces which I think ties together the colors nicely even though none of that color even shows up on the quilt.

card trick straight quilting in orange brown thread

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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!! 🙂

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26.4 Dancing Ribbons Paper Piecing Finish

July 2, 2012

Well hello!

I find myself with an extra hour before work so I thought I’d update you.

First, the finish along was a bust a long. Not exactly, I did make significant progress on all three projects.

One was my strip twist quilt which is 3/4 quilted and I never yet made it back to the long arm place yet. So it’s close.

Two was my periodic spiral quilt, for which I have hand stitched, and embroidered pieces, and now am sewing the trim down and this past week have been completely unmotivated to sew the trim down further.

So I take it to work and then take it home and take it to work and … well you get the picture.

Three was my Don’t Panic Quilt which received twister blocks, a background answer to Life the Universe & Everything. And now I have to machine applique it down to the back.

What’s stopping me here?  Probably the cream colored thread color in my sewing machine. LOL.  All I have to do is change thread and all I WANT to do is not change it.

But it’s summer. So that’s OK.

BUT…

I did get something from block stage to very very close to finished top stage (just needs an applique circle in the very center.

IT’s my Dancing Ribbons quilt!

This is what it looked like late afternoon on Sunday July 1st.  All that’s left as of this picture is to remove the back and add a center applique.

Here’s the journey in picture form.

Starts with a free pattern from AQS. Too small. Blowed up on my scanner/printer.

Then colored the version of the pattern with photoshop.

Then I had to use all the organizational skills I’ve had to organize everything & then transfer to the foundations.

And then starting to sew them.

And then unsew them due to lack of contrast with the dark blue fabric.

And purchasing more dark dark blue fabrics. And then resewing them.

And more.

And more.

Last weekend getting closer.

Last weekend finishing up petals & starting to cut corner pieces. (pic taken sunday morning)

And then I thought I’d not have time to sew but plans changed.

So I finished outside & started sewing together.

And then I got the center finished.

And then I had the “bestest” time (NOT) trying to sew the curves of the center.

Turns out I ‘basted the quilt using my teeny tiny stitches. Then was able to resew together better.

Here’s a close up of some of the ribbons.

And now I have removed the paper (watching three television shows to do it). And I have cut out but not appliqued the center down.

Now to figure out how to quilt this that doesn’t emphasize the puckers that may or may not have happened while putting the outside curve together.

Very happy with this quilt.  All from an email for a free pattern!