Thursday, July 26, 2012

Finished Quilt: No Calorie Butterscotch, Caramel, & Chocolate

While I've made countless quilts over the last 30+ years, some quilted by hand, some quilted by machine, this quilt contains some "firsts."
 I think it may be the first full sized quilt my friend Shelli has pieced. (It was made from a printed pattern, but I can't remember the designer or the name of the pattern.  It does look much like one from Bonnie Hunter's patterns on her Quiltville blog.  Shelli made it from a couple batik jelly rolls, a batik backing, and used black Quilter's Dream Request batting.)
When Judy and I saw the top a few weeks ago, I said, "I'd love to quilt that."
Judy said, "Yes, you should."
Shelli said, "I'll let you."
So, during June's Friday Night Sewing, Shelli and I layered and basted it.
 It's the first quilt I've quilted that was 100% batiks, even the backing.
 More significantly, it's the first quilt I've quilted with nothing but feathers. Feathers, feathers everywhere. And, except for the next photo, the colors have been captured more accurately than I've been able to before.  I'm sure it helped to be able to take it outside.
Of course I used Fil-Tec Glide thread in a favorite gold color (bright gold 80137).
Shelli's picking it up on her way home tonight.  I do hope Brent loves the quilting as much as he liked the top!  Addendum: Both Brent and Shelli stopped by on their way home.  He's thrilled with the quilt. I'm thinking if I had some butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate right now, I'd eat it, calories and all!  I do love the quilt now that it's done.  I don't know why I had so much trouble with those colors when they were up close!
Quilted on a vintage Necchi BU in 1919 treadle irons.
Yes, those are breezes stirring the quilt--we had at least an inch of rain yesterday evening at my house (although our little airport is still saying 0" of rain for the month of July).  We do have flash flood warnings, and cloudy skies, and I counted about six drops of rain earlier, and am still hopeful for more.  I was able to get some weeds out of the ground early this morning, and hope to get some more this evening.
Linked to....
Melissa's
Sarah's Whoop Whoop




Amy Lou Who's Sew and Tell Friday


Richard and Tanya's Link a Finish Friday (Sorry.  His code and icon have disappeared from his side bar [and mine, for that matter].

and Cindy's new linky party (although this is not really random)
Live A Colorful Life
I hope you'll find plenty of inspiration from the links is those parties!

Happy quiltmaking......

28 comments:

doodlebugmom said...

such beautiful colors! love it!

Allison said...

wow, fabulous feathers!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Nice job. Hope all is going better.

Rosemary said...

Your feathers are just gorgeous! I'd love some chocolate too! Just hate the calories but who cares?!

Melissa Corry said...

Those feathers are stunning and the quilt is just beautiful!!!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

You did a fabulous job. It's beautiful....

West Michigan Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt. These aren't usually my colors, but I love the way you have put these colors together. Great quilting too!

Pokey said...

Oh, Dora, it is grand! Truthfully, I'm surprised to hear you list so many firsts (and you saw I did that recently, too), but I love the fact that there is always room for learning and growing! Hugs to you, pokey

Gayle Bong said...

I see what you mean. These colors are so yummy. I thought I'd stick with the yellow and orange first and THEN try a few greens and reds and see how I feel. I can always take them out.
That is why my pile of orphan blocks is so high.
I'm still amazed - quilting by treadle. I've seen it done.

Amanda said...

So many feather! They look beautiful. Great quilting.

Fabrics N Quilts said...

WOW, quilted on a treadle!? You are inspiring! The quilt is beautiful; great job by all!

Pattilou said...

Oh, my your feathers look great and the blocks are really fun. Wonderful, wonderful quilt.

Pattilou said...

Oh, I forgot to say, I've named some of my quilts after food too! Yours sounds yummy!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Thanks so much for linking to the first-ever Really Random Thursday! And your quilting is fabulous!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Gorgeous quilt and fabulous quilting! that gold thread is perfect for it.

Carla said...

Great work on the quilting and it's so pretty!

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, Dora, that's amazing!! I have GOT to learn how to do feathers!!! Whoop whoop!!

Angie said...

Beautiful Quilting -- the feathers are amazing. Well done :)

Colleen said...

Dora, I am amazed that you quilt those fabulous feathers with a tradle. How long have you been treadling? I recently got a treadle and I was so proud of myself for making a quilt completely on that machine. But I quilted with straight lines and a walking foot. You have inspired me to try free motion quilting on my 1915 Singer 15-30 treadle.

Connie said...

Dora you did an amazing job of quilting the feathers on this beautiful batik quilt! Your feathers are beautiful and I love the thread color!

Sara said...

Your feathers are so beautiful in that quilt just gorgeous!!

Hope you get lots more rain your way too!

Talin's Corner said...

Whoop, Whoop. That quilt is beautiful (your friend did a great job) and you did a wonderful job quilting it.

KatieQ said...

The quilting is wonderful. It really works beautifully with the pattern and fabrics.

Christine Carey said...

What a beautiful job!

MQuilter said...

Nicely done! Very handsome quilt!

Debuko said...
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Debuko said...

Great job, Dora!!! I love your quilt:)

SweetAmbrosia said...

Dora, you do beautiful work! And the quilt itself 'looks' right at home in NM - the colors are prefect! Thanks for sharing

Smiles
SweetAmbrosia aka Julie

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