Quilt for a 60th

15 02 2014

I was asked to quilt a special quilt for someone turning 60 soon. I don’t know the person so didn’t know whether she would be more inclined toward traditional quilting (such as feathers) or more modern quilting (e.g. straight lines). The quilt design leant itself to either — the floral fabrics were quite traditional, but they were set off by white, which is more in line with ‘modern’ quilts. I asked the person who’d given me the task, and she wasn’t a lot of help ;-) — she said the recipient was both traditional and modern, and that if I could combine both styles, that would be good. Hmmm… a challenge…

I started by stitching in the ditch around all blocks and in between the 1″ sashing strips, and did straight ‘piano key’ stitching every half inch on the border fabrics. I did all this stitching in a plain white cotton thread. But what to do in the large floral and white squares? I thought of doing different motifs in each (in different colours), then thought that might be too ‘busy’ — I suspect this is a quilt to be used, not for show. So I decided to go with free form (no marking) feathers, in a soft pink variegated thread.

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Threads used:

  • Top: Gutermann white cotton; Fil-Tec ‘Affinity’ (40 wt trilobal polyester, ‘Mauve’ colour 60149)
  • Bobbin: Fil-Tec Glide pre-wound bobbin (cream)

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7 responses

15 02 2014
sheila

a good solution Rhonda. I often have trouble picking a design and visiting here gives inspiration.

15 02 2014
Suzanne

Very nice quilting. Love how it looks from the back.

15 02 2014
treadlemusic

Great choices. The mod/trad blend is perfect. Looks like you had fun, once you got going!!!! Hugs…………

15 02 2014
Mary Ed Williams

Just gorgeous. How do you mark the pattern on the quilt? Or do you quilt it freehand? I’m new to this, with a Tiara machine that I’m trying hard to learn.

16 02 2014
Rhonda

All free hand. For the feathers, I just start with a sweeping ‘S’ curve (or similar), then quilt the feathers up one side, then echo back down that side, then do the feathers on the other side.

For the straight lines, I used my Line Tamer ruler.

23 02 2014
Dawn C.

Very pretty. You did a great job (as usual!)

24 02 2014
laceyirish

You turn pretty into beautiful !!

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