Thursday, November 24, 2011

vine quilt

Here are my first few leaves sewn on my version of the Susan McCord vine quilt. This quilt is going to take a very looooong time to make. Thirteen panels, 89 inches long, filled with tiny leaves. It's lots of fun though and so very colorful.


I took the first few stitches in the airport waiting for my flight to Kelowna. My wonderful husband gave me the weekend "off" and I went for a visit to my parents. My brother was visiting from Toronto - it was a great weekend.
Once I started stitching on my first pieced leaf I realized I was going to have to do something different for thread. I couldn't find a thread color in my bag that would work for yellow and dark stripes in the same leaf. I talked my brother into going to the quilting store in Kelowna to pick up some silk thread. I had never used silk thread before and I am happy with how it is working. I know some people don't like using silk thread. I'm curious to know what you fellow quilters think about it.
Janet at Quiltsalott has done an amazing job of the pattern. Thanks Janet!!


Happy quilting!!

20 comments:

Karen said...

I admire that you are taking the time to stitch the panels of leaves. More work than I want to do. I think it is a wonderful look and will enjoy watching your quilt evolve.

Fiesta said...

I always appliqué with silk thread and I love it. Your leaves are beautiful.

Janet said...

It's already looking wonderful and exciting! The nuetral silk threads are a great idea for the strip pieced leaves.

Kathie said...

just beautiful
good for you starting.
a dream of mine to make this quilt one day!
Kathie

Heather said...

I love using the YLI silk thread in my applique. I know that some prefer cotton but I've had great success with the silk. Your leaves are looking great.

Lori said...

That is going to be amazing!! What a great start!!

Cheri said...

Good start Janet. I am interested on how you are doing the striped leaves, are you hand piecing them or sewing strips on the machine and then cutting out the leaf shape for applique?
Have a good weekend!
Cheri

LC said...

Hi Janet, I love silk thread too. It disappears so well! Nice work!

Ann Champion said...

Gorgeous!!! I've printed off the first 2 vines but haven't been able to start due to a hand surgery. I'm thrilled to get a peek at yours. It's SO pretty!
I'm curious too, how you went about doing the pieced leaves?
The silk thread sounds like a great idea. :)

Keti said...

Stunning!

Barb said...

This looks great!! I bet you are having such with it!
can't wait to see more

Karen said...

It is very beautiful!

be*mused jan said...

Wow, it looks great! I'm catching up on my blog-reading today and your front page is going to keep me busy for a while...so much gorgeous work!!

Emma said...

It's really coming along!

So, which one do you think will be done first; this one or civil war bride? :)

Carrie P. said...

Looking good. do you just place the leaves as you see fit or is there a certain order?
I will use silk thread sometimes but I prefer cotton.

*karendianne. said...

Gosh I love watching your work on this and the fabrics you've chosen. How beautiful!!!

LuAnn said...

I love this quilt and what you have done so far. Beautiful!

JohnR said...

That was a good & memorable trip to a Kelowna quilting store. Hope you're enjoying working with that silk thread.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
Yours, Ulla

libbyquilter said...

your work is beautiful on this project. i too am curious about how you strip pieced your leaves and whether or not you place them randomly on the vine?
i may have to check out the button and see . . .

:-)
libbyQ