Monday, January 25, 2010

Progress...

The Green Half Square Triangle quilt, to be more appropriately named by its new owner, is coming along nicely.


It is now up to the quilting stage,  but not before two extra rows were added to the quilt.  I was not happy with the overall proportions of the quilt and decided it required two more rows to be added to the length of the quilt. So more Half Square Triangles were made and the quilt now measures 53 inches x 70 inches made up by 284 half square triangles and four bird blocks.

Quilt backing fabrics


The backing was pieced late Friday evening, batting soaked overnight, tumble dried the next morning, and the quilt was basted by Saturday afternoon.

So much of how well a quilt is quilted depends on how well the quilt was basted, and regardless of quilt size, each and every time the quilt sandwich goes under the sewing machine I am still nervous about the outcome of the quilt.

Sunday was spent quilting and thankfully no puckering, pulling of fabric, or tucks have been detected.  I really want to finish the quilting today.  Hopefully your day includes some happy stitching too!

39 comments:

  1. I have fallen in love with Kona Ash. It's a fabulous neutral with the bright, light fabrics you used. Another fabulous quilt!

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  2. Great quilt. I love the little birds, and the fact that one of them is breaking away from the group! And, yes, I am having a very happy, stitchy day.

    joan

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  3. This one's a beauty! I love the greens.

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  4. what kind of batting do you use that you preshink it? My mother in law was the quilt maker in our family, and I never heard of pre-shinking the batting. Just curious.
    Love your work.

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  5. It is looking beautiful! The new owner will just love it. And yes, my day was spent happily sewing.

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  6. Gorgeous colours... green always reminds me of my mum :) I always get nervous during the quilting process too. I've started using more pins thanks to you hehe

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  7. Just beautiful!
    I agree about never knowing how a quilt will behave until you start the quilting. It seems that I baste in the same manner but every quilt has a mind of it's own!

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  8. Looks beautiful! I was intrigued by what you said, that the batting was soaked overnight before basting the quilt. I haven't heard of doing that before. Can you explain why you prefer to do that? Just curious. I love the colors of it and can't wait to see the finished project. You are unbelievably fast at whipping these things out! Great job!

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  9. That is really beautiful!

    I love the backing fabrics together almost as much as the front!

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  10. Love the quilt! What is your favorite basting method? Thread? Safety pins? Adhesive spray? My problem is not having enough room to baste anything! Would love to know any tips you have!

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  11. It is beautiful - those green are so fresh !

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  12. Dang, now I have to check out Kona Ash. Your quilt is gorgeous! It's quilting up just beautifully! Keep that tongue hanging the right way!

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  13. This is looking fantastic ... I love how this is cming together.

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  14. YOur quilting makes everything pop!! Well done!
    Paulette

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  15. I love how it turned out. I think I might need one too! Beautifully done!

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  16. I love this quilt--the half-square triangles, the squares, and the colors--it's all splendid!

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  17. Ha, I just bought a bunch of Kona Ash for a quilt I am planning, thinking that it would pair nicely with the light, bright colors I picked. Looks like it will work just like I hoped, 'cause your quilt is gorgeous!

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  18. Stunning, as always, loving your work!

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  19. Love this quilt just like I love all your work but I must ask about pre soaking your batting I haven't heard of doing that before. Can you explain why you prefer to do that?

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  20. It really came out beautifully and the quilting really makes the quilt. I hate making the sandwich and always end up with puckers.

    Debbie

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  21. Stunning quilt, I adore the bird blocks. Fabulous colour and the always wonderful half square triangles!! xo

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  22. I love it so much I could just die. I don't think I've ever been so drawn to (grass)green fabric goodness in my life.

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  23. Your quilt is coming along beautifully - I am sure the new owner will love it.. I do.

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  24. No? The Queen of Quiltery gets nervous? I am utterly convinced you would do a divine job with your eyes closed and both hands behind your back!

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  25. I love the greens in this quilt--great job! I also get nervous when I am at the quilting stage. I am totally invested in the project by then and want it to be perfect. Glad you had a happy day stitching!

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  26. I just ordered a whole bolt of Ash (and white and snow). I also checked right away on the availability of the birds. Seems they flew the coop and are not available. :(

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  27. Another gorgeous quilt. You are an inspiration. Kona cotton should give you a commisson.

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  28. Gorgeous, Rita! I so LOVE green and the Prints Charming squares are adorable. swoon!

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  29. Oh {Swoon}! It's beautiful, as always. And I'm with you -- I worry about each quilt when the quilting begins -- it's my least favorite part and I get so tense just hoping there won't be a little tuck here or there! Just beautiful -- thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. I love this one! Amazing how a simple pattern can make such a fabulous quilt - you are amazing!

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  31. This is lovely. I can see why you added the extra two rows.

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  32. I love how some of those lighter greens seem to glow. It's beautiful!

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  33. I love love love that quilt!!! I think I might have to try out that color combo myself! :)

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  34. I LOVE it! Green is my favorite color! DOes it already have an owner or is it for sale?

    My Sunday was spent piecing a baby quilt, posting the tutorial, and finishing on the binding on a new bed quilt for our bed.

    Jennifer
    www.sewitsmidnightmama.blogspot.com

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  35. Wonderful! I really like the addition of the bird blocks.

    I'm so bad at basting...so bad. I constantly have to keep moving my pins out because the fabric wasn't tight enough. I'm always impressed by your work!

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  36. Your triangles are gorgeous and ever-so-perfect as always, but those birds!!! They make that quilt!

    Lovely.

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  37. My Monday did indeed include some happy stitching!! LOVE this quilt!! You have to be very patient to deal with all of those hst's :)

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