Posts Tagged ‘fibonacci quilt’

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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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27.9 Little Feather Fibonacci

October 17, 2012

This last little quilt of my “three little quilt series” is a second Fibonacci quilt, made with the same green Fibonacci fabric, but this is with a different border.

I am less in love with this little border than the cute bubble border on the last Fibonacci quilt but I am leaving it, I quilted it up a little more.

This is also the quilt that on these little borders, I unquilted what I had done, and I had also learned a valuable lesson about bobbin thread.

I am going to show you backwards, the “finished quilting picture” and then move back to show the changes and details.

I call this quilt Feather Fibonacci.

Lets look at the inside fibonacci feather first.

I have been taking the class “beyond the basics” over on craftsy.  And Ann Peterson has you do a ton of feathers.

Well I watched all through the video, of them drawing the feathers, and then quilting them, and I decided the spiral arm looks like a feather spine.

I actually have drawn a couple of times some feathers on my little graph paper notebook some feathers, working out how to move from one feather to the next without always going back to the spine the way Ann does.

And after seeing some close up posts on feathers, I decided to use the method – Start one feather, branch that from the spine, connect to the first feather, then travel the tip of the 2nd feather. then branch off the feather end.

And continue in this way, feather, spine, trace over feather, feather, spine, trace over feather….

Which is an efficient way to quilt but takes some getting used to if you want plump feathers coming off instead of long skinny ones.

Not too terrible for my attempt.

Valuable lesson on this quilt #1.

You don’t have to match the backing fabric to the front, but don’t use a contrasting thread  in the bobbin from the front of the quilt.

Unless your tension is A-100% perfect and can always control your needle, that bobbin thread is going to show through.

Now I admit I wasn’t as ‘analytical’ (read the shortened version of the word) on getting the tension perfect before-hand, so I am not surprised. But I did it and kept going, even when I saw the red thread piling up on the green fabric.

Here’s the back.

Why I chose red thread for the back?  I don’t know.

Probably had more to do with the fact that I had red thread on the bobbin already and I did not have a dark blue on another bobbin.

You can see that for the pebbling practice (aka practice from Craftsy Quilting Negative Spaces with Angela Walters), I chose blue bobbin thread and this was no problem at all.

Only because I ripped out 5 pebbles that looked horrendous with red thread.

Speaking of ripping ….

Let’s talk borders.

The borders of this quilt are dark blue with lots of pattern. no issue with the red bleeding out. But I didn’t like the quilting done initially on the borders. It was my design and I did not like.

The long diamonds just didn’t work all that well for me. I couldn’t execute them well. They were sagging in the middle, and it kept feeling very ‘draggy’ making them.

So I picked them out, watching a bit more of the craftsy class. And then decided to remake them. Same design. Each one shorter Blue on both top & bottom.

Looking closely I still have some tension issues, but now I don’t notice them. And the design is tighter, it’s more coherent, and travels better down the quilt.

But it does blend in so much, it’s really providing texture rather than design.

So where do I go from here?  I think I will NOT rip out the feather despite the red thread showing through.  But I will play it up a tiny bit as intentional – provides some interest. The way I’ll do this I think is to have a very thin red line of piping around the side of the binding.

To make the binding dark blue or green (probably blue) and then a tiny bit of red, just a tiny bit, it will be interesting in color just enough, and then I can move on.

But … one issue. I’ve never done piping on a quilt before.  Next thing to learn. Although the kicker binding will give me some practice enough!