Florida has been on my mind lately, as I am sure that it has been with everyone.
Connie is from Florida and sent me her quilt, called “Rowdy Library” quilt
this past spring.
It was completed and sent home to Florida but Connie didn’t see it until this
past week. With all the weather tantrums occurring, she was concerned, and so
was I, about the condition of it when she got home.
I know and understand how important people are and I constantly have
Florida in my prayers; yet I was also thinking about this quilt. Wondering
if it had made it through the Hurricane as well.
Connie contacted me this past week and let me know that it was ok. A huge
sigh of relief on both of our parts. I also want to mention that Connie is
a nurse and has been out helping people who are needing help in
areas around her home. Thanks for being so kind and helpful Connie.
As you can see by Connie’s quilt, there is alot of detail in this quilt. And the
colors, fabrics and applique are outstanding. I so enjoyed just looking at this
quilt while I was working on it.
When I begin a quilt like this, I use a monofilament thread and SID around all
the applique shapes. Yes, it does take a long time but it is well worth the effort
in that it helps to hold everything down and nothing shifts, most of the time.
I also used 2 layers of batting: Hobb’s wool batting on the top, next to the
quilt top and a 80/20 cotton batting under that. This combination gives
tons of loft and makes all the applique and quilting ‘puff” up even more.
There is some shifting sometimes, but most times, if you do stabilize the
quilt, it works out in the end.
After all the SID is done, then the fun begins. Even before I begin stitching,
I like to have a road map of what I am going to quilt on the top. This
can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on what
type, size,and budget that I have. This is both fun and mind boggling sometimes.
When the design is done, I can begin the stitching. If I am unsure of an area, I
usually work on what I know I want to do. In this case. lots of straight lines and
The back of the quilt. Here you can see the stitching more. I also used
cream Bottom LIne thread for the background fills, on both the front of
the quilt and on the backing as well. It helps using the same thread
color so you don’t have to worry so much about tension issues.
A thin thread such as Bottom LIne gives a lot of texture without the
thread build up.
I had a lot of fun adding texture to this quilt. As I mentioned
before, this is my Ode to Florida, after all that they have been
through. I also wanted to show this quilt all on its own, as you
have been getting bits and pieces along this quilt’s completion.
Now, you can enjoy the full show in one blog post.
More texture and sunlight.
I had alot of fun with this quilt. Thanks Connie for
your quilt and all the help you are giving to people at
home. We are praying for you all.