Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Fun Finish!

Today I have a wedding present ready to give...
It is for my son DL and his new wife Kayla... they eloped in March... so I had to get something made special just for them...

Last week I shared a sketch that I penned on graph paper but once I got the word panel squared up ...
It sort of took on a life of it's own... lol!
I love how this border turned out too.;.. also this is a matching game border... the colorful fabrics have 1 match somewhere else on the border... there are 34 matches all together on this wall hanging! lol!

Next I was going to put some 5" squares in a wider border in a modern setting but it called for a little less busyness to me... so I added this border...
And because I was hoping to gift this during a planned visit from my son, his wife, and CJ on Sunday afternoon for dinner...
I decided to machine quilt the center parts...
 So I pulled out my very first vintage sewing machine Fiona!
She is a Morse Sewing Machine made by Toyota in Japan... she is a clone of a Singer machine when a loophole allowed their plans to be copied for a time...
She really helped me make fast progress on the machine quilting parts... which was over 75% of the quilting of this wall hanging.

Then I pulled out my hoop ( since my frame is full! lol) and stitched the borders ... I thought it would go quickly... as I did big stitched hearts in a continuous pattern...
But I wasn't done by dinner time on Sunday ... oh well... I have called my son now that it IS done and he is stopping by today to get the package all nicely bagged :)

Here are his initials I embroidered on the left upper corner.. I put hers in the right upper corner and "Est." and "2016" in the bottom corners with dark blue Aurifil 28/2 ;)

Finally it was time to bind it!  I was never so excited to get to this point! lol
And here are the finish shots....
 A closer up pic of the top half...
 and the bottom half...
 Can you find matches in the triangles ??  Some are easy to spot!
 I used warm and natural cotton batting as this is a utility piece and may not be cared for as I would... so that made the hand quilting difficult and the texture of the quilting not as prominent in the pics but the texture is there and all the fabrics are soo soft and fun to interact with!!! lol
 Here is a close up of the heart and the border and the binding all together for you to see...
 A view from a different angle...
 Do you see my boo boo I had to fix??
 Labeled and proud of this!!!!
 And my YAHOOO shot!!!!!!
Including the back side that turned out so nice n flat!!!  I was sooo happy :)  This is definitely the best quilting by machine job I have done yet!!!
 Here is a close up of the hanging loops from satin ribbon I put on it for flexibility when hanging... they can use a rod or push pins, or a dowel rod or a yard stick... any of those things would work well here!
This quilt was a lot of fun... definitely out of my comfort zone but I like being out here sometimes... and my next project to piece has more similar issues for me to deal with... even moreso!!! lol  So let's hope I learned all I needed to to be ready for my next adventure...

For now I am happy hand quilting for a few days and making headway on Brandi's quilt !  Currently I am on the 4th star of the 9 stars on the quilt :)

Linking this FUN FINISH post to:
NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation HERE
WHOOPING with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict HERE

Hope you have a blessed rest of your week my bloggy friends!!!  And remember no matter how bad it may get...

5 comments:

  1. somehow some of these machine quilting project that we think will get fast do not! I am working on a table runner long and wide and it is taking forever - I will start to share it tomorrow on my blog. It looks like you did a great job using the vintage machine.

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  2. I just love this wall quilt. What a lovely wedding gift for your son and his new bride. Did you find the panel already printed?

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  3. It is lovely, and so much truth in the 'rules'. You made the perfect border for it and the quilting works well. It's a lovely gift for newly weds.
    Smiles
    Kate

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  4. What a great little quilt! Truly words to live by, and so special because it was custom made by you. Thanks for sharing all it's little treasures, from the matching game border to your "oops" shot :-)

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  5. It's fantastic Kathi! A real family treasure!
    BTW I truly do not see the "oops" at all... I just see an inspiring message and a wonderful quilt full of love!

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