Sunday, January 17, 2016

Till Death Star Do We Part

I was so close to being done, actually thought I was done and took this beast off the frame. Then decided the borders needed more quilting to be a bit more even. Definitely have not learned the "less is more" lesson yet....I got this monster loaded back on the frame. I guessed I had 4 more bobbins worth of periwinkle thread left, but really only 1.5.  Ordered more periwinkle bottom line (has anyone ever not had enough periwinkle thread?).  Took it off the frame again while I wait for thread. This quilt is fighting me all the way! Here's some pics, I do like the way it's turning out. I used a 40wt thread, Glide, on top to get some thread play and circular motion around the stars. The thread play helps define that a bit more. The McTavishing in the black areas gives it a cosmic feel. I'm really not sure what type of baking it is, more like velorish  type of fabric. It is super soft to the touch and slightly a bit more plush than minky. So close to having this one done!
Back
added quilting in the rings helps, just need more thread for the bobbin
corner star
I think the McTavishing gives it a big of cosmic feel
I used Glide thread on top so there would be some thread play on the veins fo the feather for a circular motion around the stars
it's getting closer - This is Till Death Star Do We Part aka Moonglow
Lots of texture.  Wool batting gives a log of loft
getting closer
seems a little uneven doesn't it with no quilting in the rings?
I also started a new little project.  Have you ever had one of those quilts that just stay with you once you've seen it and you just know you have to make one.  That's how I was with KatyQuilts Improve Shirting Quilt The minute I saw this I fell in love with it and really was intrigued by the whole improve quilt making.  I"ve thought about this quilt so many times since I first saw it, and nows the time when I'm going to give it a try. I'm a program manager by day, quilter by night and I plan things.  I plan, I replan, I risk mitigate the plan, it's all about the plan.  So making a quilt without a plan was very intriguing to me.  I have to say it is a bit hard.  I pulled out my shirts.  I've got yellow and green shirts for one twin, blue and yellow for the other twin.  I did have to have a bit of control, enough to keep me happy and that was one strip from each shirt in each of the 9 different piles.  I chose to have 9 strips for the quilt.   They will be anywhere from 8 to 2 inches - ok I have planned how wide each strip can be, yikes I can't help myself!  But I did just slice those things up, no rythm or reason, trying to keep each slice of the shirt between 1.5 and 3 inches.  Each of the colored strips I'll keep between 24 and 36 inches.  I'd like to have a 45 in square quilt when I'm done.  I love how Katy did the cross hatching in the shirting material, I'm definitely going to try that.  Then in the white spaces I"m going to give the graffiti quilting a try.  Here's what I have so far, ok so it's not a quilt without a plan, it's got half a plan....but it's a start

Don't forget to check out the link parties.  I also saw that Hands 2 Help 2016 is getting started shortly - so excited.  We have a couple of ladies who help to make quilts.  Last year our little group made 9, wonder if we can do better this year?  I've added the button on the side bar. 

30 comments:

  1. This is stunning! And yes, the McTavishing does have a great cosmic feel.

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  2. You post title made me laugh Sue, but it does sound appropriate. Who thought Moonglow could look so fantastic-superb quilting.

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  3. I do agree with your last question, a couple of the rings with a design in will perk it up even more than you already have done with this quilt. Just spectacular! This quilt just wouldn't be the same without out tons of quilting, it begged for it!

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  4. The quilt and your quilting is just stunning!!

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  5. Your quilt is so beautiful, I'm aching for you that you couldn't get it done. Your quilting is a perfect compliment. Thanks for including the details...I home machine quilt so my results are not nearly as perfect as yours, but I'll have to look into that Glide thread for sure.

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  6. Another masterpiece of quilting. Your improv quilt is intriguing. I like the colorway.

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  7. Your quilting looks amazing! I can't wait to see it finished. Gorgeous!

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  8. Wow - what an insanely beautiful work. I am speechless and it knocks me off the stool.
    best regards
    Barbara

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  9. Oh, the Death Star is gorgeous. I said that when you'd pieced it. Now it is even more so. The strippy blocks look like last month's Block Lotto (though we made them super scrappy with a dash of black and white).

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  10. Ahaha! Love that your sense of humour remains intact in the face of a frustrating circumstance. :-) You totally made the right call by adding quilting in the rings, even if it means waiting for more thread to arrive. It is a gorgeous project from start to finish.

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  11. Your quilting is gorgeous and I love the start you've made on the shirtings!

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  12. The quilting is gorgeous! Hope you can get your thread quickly and finish it up. The shirting quilt looks like fun, love the colors.

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  13. Awesome. I do enjoy seeing your work

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  14. Your quilting is so dynamic and brings the quilt to life. An absolutely wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing on MCM.

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  15. Gorgeous quilting! Thanks for sharing at Sew Cute Tuesday!

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  16. What a stunning quilt Sue!! It was beautiful before your quilting but now......awesome!!

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  17. This is absolutely stunning! The colors are amazing and it does glow. FAB job with the quilting too.

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  18. Wow! Your quilting is beautiful! Love where your scrappy shirts quilt is going!

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  19. Your quilting is truly amazing! I have trouble with improv too. I like to know what I'm going to have in the end, and improv is a little too unpredictable for that. I like it when other people make improv quilts, though :)

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  20. You know how to QUILT!!! ;) Your quilt is gorgeous.

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  21. The Death Star quilt is fabulous! Beautiful piecing and the quilting brings the whole thing to life and adds so much depth! I love that you are not a minimalist quilter (neither am I)...a truly great job!

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  22. That color combination is fantastic and the quilting is even better!

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  23. Love it, love it, love it!!! What else can I say... I love it!

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  24. Love the first quilt - it's so beautiful and dramatic. I also like where you are going with the second one. Fun.

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  25. Wow, this is a beautiful quilt. Awesome colors, and the quilting is spellbinding!

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