The Last One & Merry Christmas!

This is the last quilt that I will be completing for 2016. Yes, I am

cutting it close but at least it is finished and before the end of the

year.

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Sherri’s Modern Quilt

Sherri brought me this quilt and told me” Play! Do what you want,”

Those words struck both fear and exhilaration in me. Fear because

I had no clue about what to stitch on it and exhilaration because I

felt that I could try something new.

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To be quite honest, I kind of went nuts on this one. At one

point, I was waiting for a customer to arrive and I got so

involved in what I was doing that I didn’t hear her come in.

My son opened the door and let her in while I was quilting

away. I started complaining about how I didn’t like what I

had just stitched out; thinking that my son was in the room

with me but was ignoring me, I said it again. When I looked

up, to my horror, there was the customer. She said’ You

looked like you were really concentrating on what you were doing.”

The whole thing made me laugh uncontrollably.

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Pebbles and straight lines

Sherri only gave me one stipulation, I had to use pebbles and

straight lines. To be quite honest, I love pebbles and straight

lines so my only thought was “how many ways can I stitch out

pebbles and straight lines?”

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These pictures give you a small glimpse of that.

Usually, I like to design or come up with 3-5 designs

of what I will stitch onto the top, even before I put one

stitch into the quilt.

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Sometimes though, I fly by the seat of my pants. I start with all the

SID work . By the time this is completed, I have stared at the

same quilt so long that some type of inspiration hits me. I prefer

the first method instead of the second one; it is less stressful and

I know what the end result will look like.

 

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I chose to cut loose, play, and have some fun. Because there

were so many circles on the printed fabric, I knew that I had to

incorporate some circles into the stitching. And the piecing

depicted boxes or squares, so I had to add some of those as

well.

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Because the background is white, the stitching would show up

really well so I decided to place these shapes randomly, all over

the quilt.

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The inside “crosses” all received the same treatment and the outer

border was stitched using pebbles and boxes/squares. I thought that

it would help calm the quilt top and stitching down a little.

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I do have alot of pictures of this quilt. I apologize for that but

there is so much to look at. Sherri hasn’t seen it yet so I hope

that she likes it.

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Some of the designs were taken from several of my favorite

long armers: Judi Madsen, Jodi Robinson, and Cindy Needham.

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The middle section

I used monofilament thread for all the SID work and a thin

Bottom Line for all the quilting. It is so thin that you don’t get

alot of thread build up and the texture is amazing.

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I love, love, love the texture of this quilt. With all this stitching, the

quilt does get somewhat stiff but it does soften up eventually.

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The prints were so graphic that I knew I had to make the

stitching match and support it.

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More texture and matchsticks.

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I think that the circle on the right looks like a  pepperoni

pizza to me. I must have been hungry when I stitched that in.

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The overall quilt.

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More pebbles.

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And who can forget the back?  Again, more graphic fabric;

this is a great choice if you don’t want to see the stitching and

all those stops and starts.

On a different note, here are some Christmas fabric postcards

that I received. I love getting these in the mail.

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Hope you are ready for Christmas Day. I only have to pack

some Christmas cookie tins and wrap some presents.

Have a Merry Christmas!  Maybe I see you again this year

but definitely I’ll see you next year.

Almost there…

Isn’t this quilt gorgeous?  To me, it is a work of art.

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Although this quilt is not an exact replica of the one I have

on my frame, it is not far off. There are only 2 blocks that differ

between the two. This one was quilted last summer.

Darlene, has been patiently waiting for her quilt and I am

almost there. I finished all the background fills for the 16

blocks yesterday; today I worked on the border.

After 4 hours of quilting, I only had  1 border completed.

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This block has 2 feathers quilted at the base of the vase.  I filled

in the feathers using Judi Madsen’s style.  Once again, the pebbles

around the outside of the block looks quite classy, to me.

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A double teardrop was used in this background fill. They

are actually quite small. This quilt seemed to have a

mind of its own, in that all the motifs seemed to stitch

out on the small side.

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Swirls were used in this block. I tried to use a different

background fill in each of the 16 blocks. It makes it more

challenging and fun for me.

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I decided to try a different fill here. It is a half circle that is echoed

2-3 times.  It is a more modern fill but I think that it looks ok.

What do you think?

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The top of the same block. I know that some of the pictures

are a bit yellow. I have 2 different lights above my frame and

now I think that I have to get more Daylight LED lights. I have

some LED lights but they are the soft light. It does make a

difference when I stitch and take photos.

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I decided to quilt in some circles here.  A thin cream

polyester thread is used for the stitching because it doesn’t

create alot of thread build up, only texture.  And I love

texture!!!

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Cindy Needham has alot of background fills that I love, love,

love. This one is made up of scallops and then filled in with

small lines.

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More texture.  I think that this background fill may be

my favorite of the whole quilt. Basically, I marked a  diagonal

grid on the block. Stitched in lines around each edge and then

scribbled in the center so that the lines pop off the block.

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Another pictures of the same block. Do you see how 3D the

rose bud looks, in the upper left hand corner? Gorgeous!!

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All I can see in this photo is feathers. I  threw in alot

of these, all over the quilt.

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Again, this blocks looks similar to the one above but the

scribbling has not been added.

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Do you see the 3D rosebuds?  They are gorgeous and

are just popping off the block. I had to be careful going

around these because my foot kept getting caught on them.

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MctAvishing was used for this background fill. I love the

texture it creates but it does take alot of time to quilt out.

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The mighty eagle, he received a tight miniature stipple.

It really makes everything pop. I must add that I used

2 layers of batting for this quilt too.

The top batting was wool and the one beneath it was

80/20 Hobbs.  Using 2 layers can be tricky but the

rewards are well worth it.

 

I hoped you enjoyed your tour of the 16 blocks. I can’t

wait until Darlene sees it. Pictures really don’t do

justice to the quilt.

Have a great week. Happy Valentine’s Day too.