Friday, June 28, 2019

June One Monthly Goal

 My One Monthly Goal for June is done!  I'm SEW excited.  After I took the class with Pam at Pocono Sew and Vac, to learn how to use the Prostitcher on Vanna, my Handi Quilter Amara, I knew I wanted to do some computerized quilting on the blocks in this quilt.  This was the March Island Batik Ambassador Vintage Reimagined top.  It features the EQ8's block, Garden Patch Variation, and I played with the cornerstones and sashing squares to give it a little extra detail.  I also used Island Batik Solids in black and grey for sashing and background.  The purples are ones from my stash, and the Dragonfly design for the border is for sale in my Etsy shop.  

I had fun picking the design for the blocks and setting triangles.  Once I set the "area" to be quilted, I tell the machine what to do, and it made a beautiful design, just the size I wanted.  I did have a question after doing the first 2 corner setting triangles, which had a minor error in the design.  I was told I may have "stretched" it too large, but there was a larger design in the folder, so I used that for the remaining setting areas, and it's perfect.  I decided to do hand guided quilting for the black sashing, inner border and do a hand guided feather design for the outer border.  For that, I used Aurifil 40wt in a lavender/grey color, which adds just the right texture.   I used a pale grey 50wt and black 50wt for the main section quilting.  I used Hobb's Tuscany Silk batting for the first time, as well.  I love the texture it gives to the quilting, and it was so easy.  I want to see what it looks like when washed, and if it softens and drapes a little more.   
 I used the Solid Grey on the backing, as well.  I have the black and grey for sale, too.  The solids are wonderful.  I love how much body they have.  The thread count is the same as the batik, so it feels wonderful.  

Some Close Up Shots of the blocks and quilting.  I loved the feather design with the hearts, and the swirly ends.  I try not to have too much quilting, as I want my quilts to be loved and used.  This one is going to be a great snuggle quilt, measuring about 54" square.  Great for a lap quilt.  

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have checked out the other OMG posts.  I'll have another quilt or 3 to share soon.  Next up is some more binding, and finishing the Quilt of Valor top and getting it quilted for next week's blog hop.  Wait until you see it!  The colors are stunning.  And my design is fun.  I have to make arrangements for presenting it, too.  Stop back soon! 


Sally said...

WOW! You have this giant quilting machine down to a science. CONGRATS on a beautiful quilt!

Patty said...

The quilt is beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

Kathleen said...

Congrats on your finish! It is a lovely quilt and great quilting designs.