Sunday, May 2, 2010

a feathered finish

I finished my 9-patch quilt!


After looking through my books of antique quilts, I decided that the border didn't need any extra quilting around the feathers. I really enjoyed quilting the feathered border and I will definitely do it again.

I also really liked the silk batting. It was very nice to quilt through and made it easier to make small stitches. It is very lightweight but warm. I haven't tried washing it yet and likely I won't until after the quilt comes back from the quilt show at the end of May. I still have one more quilt to finish machine quilting for the same show - deadlines!!!

So I think I will use the silk batting again. Hopefully this week I can thread baste my 4 block applique quilt and get started on that. Already I miss having something to quilt in front of the tv in the evenings. NBA playoffs means basketball is on nearly every night around here. :0)
Happy Quilting!!

24 comments:

Ann Champion said...

Oh Janet! Your quilt is gorgeous! Your quilting is beautiful and the feathered border really makes the nine patches look extra special. Well done! :)

Michele said...

Oh my goodness, your work is beautiful! I love everything about this quilt. I love the grey as contrast for the nine-patches, and I love the quilting (is that hand-quilted?). It is stunning. This is the kind of work I aspire to...

Miriam said...

It looks beautiful , Janet!!! Well done! Your quilting is wonderful!!

Barb said...

Love the feathering...what a lovely quilt

Janet said...

It's a beautiful quilt and I love what the quilting has done for it. I love feathers. I was interested in the silk batting but I'd love to know how it washes up. Did you think it has a much higher loft than cotton?

Crispy said...

Beautiful Janet!! The grey for the background really makes this unique and the quilting.....VERY beautiful!!

Crispy

Lori said...

Amazing, lovely and wonderful!! The hand quilting really makes it and the feathers are outta this world!! Nice job!!

Carrie P. said...

Wow, you finished and it is fabulous. Good luck in the quilt show. You are sure to win a ribbon.
I don't usually wash my quilts before a show either. Just more crisp that way.

Meredith said...

Congrats on your finish. It looks great.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow- you've done a great job! The feather quilting in the borders is amazing!

Can't wait to watch your progress on your 4 block applique...such a pretty quilt top.

Vicki said...

Beautiful! I love the feather border.

Dixie said...

Just love your quilt, Janet! It looks so nice and old fashioned with the cozy appeal that I really admire. Great finish!

dixie

be*mused jan said...

Oh Janet, this is wonderful! Everything is perfect about this quilt...the colors, the proportions, the beautiful quilting. Lovely!

Rose Marie said...

Your quilt is gorgeous .... the handquilting makes it come alive!

Lizzie said...

Beautiful! Please share what fabric you used for the background. It really works well! Lizzie

Gran said...

Love this post! thank you for sharing!

Una said...

Your quilt is so beautiful! The setting and border fabric makes the blocks glow, and your quilting is so, so wonderful. Warm greetings, Una

Elizabeth said...

Wow! That turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

hi Janet - love your quilting on this quilt and your blog! I love hand quilting and think it gives it a much nicer look than machine quilting - although I do resort to it sometimes. good luck with exhibiting it.

*karendianne. said...

Oh this is so delightful! You've done a great job with this and I'm thrilled to read you've used silk batting. I'd like to try that myself. :)

bingo~bonnie said...

I love how the colors POP against the gray background fabric... is that a KONA cotton? if so what color?

Beautiful photos!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

MARCIE said...

This quilt is stunning! The gray gives it an old fashioned look and the colors just sparkle on it!

VikiVictoria said...

Beautiful!! Long live hand quilting!! My favorite quilt designs - feathers and baptist fan…

Lucy said...

Absolutely lovely!!
It's beautiful in it's simplicity. Just my piece of cake janet!