Wednesday, February 29, 2012

QA # 8 Quilting a real quilt

Hard to believe we are on Quilt Along week 8 already!  Time flies when you are having fun :) 

This weeks challenge was to complete a UFO quilt.  This was the first time I made this "Twisted Quilt" miniature pattern.   I was liking it until I twisted the pinwheels, that is when I realized the center of the quilt colors were blending in with the sunflowers.  Now there was not enough contrast to really notice the twisting of the pinwheels, so there it hung on my design wall unfinished!  

So, for this weeks project I decided to finish it, and when completed I put it on the dining room table with a centerpiece on top, and you no longer notice the center I do not like!   I might try couching some threads around the center pinwheel tonight.   I now have a great table runner for the fall.  I tried a technique for mitred corners from Sharon Schamber, that worked great.  I will try that again on my next quilt and see if I still like using that method.  For now, I am pretty happy with the way this technique for the mitred borders fit, but not a method to use with large sunflower fabric.... more lessons I am learning as we quilt along.

Thanks Leah, glad to have another UFO done :)

Added a double chain stitch around center to help the center pinwheel pop, while thinking if I should  make it a stacked attached chain?  and what color to stack it with?  Green? Gold? or leave it alone.

Which color next??? Black, Gold or one of these greens?

Double Stacked Chain Stitch

Maroon on bottom and black thread on top...
Took a small piece of fabric and handstitched a new arm of the center pinwheel that had too much dark color that kept the center pinwheel from showing is improving and boy have I learned a lot on this project.
  Now to think of some technique I can do to the yellow sunflowers on black that touch the arms of the center pinwheel....huh,  I might try some spot tea dying to tone down the bright yellow flowers in the center...needs to be washable as will be on the table.


  1. Very pretty - love your colours.

  2. This is darling! Congrats on getting it done! ~Jeanne

  3. I really like that - and it's so nice to get one more UFO done!

  4. How nice to have a new table runner with your terrific quilting. This pattern is on my list to do!

  5. Thank you all for your words of encouragement! It was fun making this quilt, and certainly learned a lot. Love getting UFO"s done