Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finished Quilts: 2 More Prayer Quilts

I thought about calling this post "Quilts, Sunshine, Blue Skies, Fluffy White Clouds."  It is a gorgeous day, although we seem to be headed for the mid-90's.  Right now it's only 90, so I snapped some pictures of the latest prayer quilt completions.
 This is one of the quilts I was debating about how to quilt a couple of weeks ago.
 I thought it would be a good place to do some more flowing feathers.
 This is one of the quilts Judy pieced and handed on to me.
 They show up in these photos thanks to New Mexico Sunshine. I confess that they didn't show up nearly as well while I was quilting them. (Please be advised that if you choose to check on the NM sunshine, you may find a forecast for showers; it's the monsoon season, after all.  However, the showers are missing my house--even when they surround us on three sides!)
 I quilted this entire quilt in a Fil-Tec Glide green that sings of the 1930's, as do these repro fabrics.  Regular readers know that Glide is my favorite thread for quilting; it's a trilobal polyester that maintains wonderful tension (both upper and lower) and is a joy to work with.  (Embroiderers like it too.)
 I tried some different things in the sashing between the strips of pieced blocks.
 I think I made some improvement in my ability to quilt these kinds of feathers.
 This is another Judy and Dora joint project.  When Judy said she wasn't sure how to quilt this one, I suggested she quilt the pieced blocks so I could practice more flowing feathers in the print blocks and borders.
  When I saw this quilt, I knew I didn't want to quilt the entire thing, but I did want to try more of those flowing feathers.
 Judy quilted flowing ribbons in the pieced blocks.
 I quilted flowing feathers everywhere else.
 I used a different color of Fil-Tec Glide in each solid block.
 Sorry, you'll probably have to be close enough to fondle the quilt in order to see the different colors.
 I think the different colors of thread will help hold the interest of someone who is ill and limited in activity.

 Both quilts will go to our church's Victory Prayer Quilt ministry.  Judy will add the label and the binding, and, most likely, another church member will sew it to the back.
These feathers take more time than a lot of the other kinds of feathers I quilt because portions of the tips of the feathers are retraced, and I need to further develop my skill in those areas.

Quilted on Necchi Nova BU in 1919 treadle irons.  I'm wondering if I should do some tutorials on quilting on vintage and antique machines.  People think they must be harder to use, but to me they feel easier to use, and they are much quieter than machines with tails.

I'm linking to:
Fresh Poppy Design

Quilts Are For Giving

Lily's Quilts

...where you will find more quiltmakers sharing lovely creations.

Happy quiltmaking....


doodlebugmom said...

so pretty, love the soft colors :)

Pokey said...

They are beautiful! How thoughtful your reasoning behind the color changes, Dora ~

Rosemary said...

Your feathers are beautiful! I've never tried that thread. I'm going to a couple of quilt shows soon and will try to pick some up.

Christine Carey said...

I'd love to see a tutorial. I can piece on my antique machines, but quilting makes me nervous.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Lovely feathers!

Karen said...

Very pretty quilts. I love the fabrics. The quilting is awesome.

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