Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pretending I am in Alaska

Today I finished a customer's quilt that is an homage to the land and wildlife of Alaska.  This one was made by Pam, using some panel prints mixed with warm glowing patchwork. 

Can you tell that there is stitch-in-the-ditch quilting and lots of diagonal lines?

Have you ever known me to quilt like that?

Magic Eight-ball says:  The answer is No!

Pam assembled the quilt sandwich and did all the straight lines on the quilt.  Then she turned it over to me to do something with the prints and those gazillion borders.

The outside borders got a leafy vine.  Not hard to do, except that she wanted blue on top and brown in the bobbin.  A lot of experimenting with tension made it possible to avoid the "pokies" of the wrong color.

I did various border designs in the framing sections.

The pictoral scenes needed quilting to keep them from poofing out, but they had a range of colors from grays to cool blues and greens to warm orange and yellow.  I ended up changing top threads at least five times.  That is something else I do not "opt" for very often!

Anyway, it was nice to picture myself in these northwestern woodlands while I was broiling down here in the south.  Actually, today, the temperature was below ninety for the first time in weeks, and it rained almost all day here in Wake Forest.

Here is the backing fabric, a batik featuring deer and evergreen trees in browns and grays.

Two of the next three quilts on my list require a thread color that I don't have enough of to finish.  My usual supplier was out of stock.  Now I have to wait for it to be sent from a different company.  Meantime, tomorrow I will start another die-cut quilt that looks way different from all the flowery ones I have done before.  The fabric has big circles in gray and brown, and the die-cuts are squares.  Probably won't do all florals this time.  But what???

 As Scarlett says, "I'll worry about that tomorrow."

1 comment:

Vicki W said...

That's a really special quilt!