The Aerial Grove Quilt is finished and it may well be one of my favorite finished projects this year! This quilt design (the applique panel) is from the book Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting with Mindful Design by Carolyn Friedlander. I have however deviated from the design in the book by adding simple borders to the applique panel to finish the quilt.
The border fabric is a chambray fabric printed with a running stitch in blue by Andover Fabrics: Chambray Threaded in Linen. I love this fabric and had yardage on hand waiting for just the right project ... and this was it!
I have loved quilting this quilt. It was a quilting marathon which I don't mind at all especially when it all goes to plan. The stitches are long - 4.0 mm - and the lines are just a 1/4 inch apart. This is a slow process and starts by spacing lines evenly across the width of the quilt; first 5 inches apart (the width of the applique columns), then filling in the space between with equally spaced lines: 2 inches apart, 1 inch apart, etc. Some of this is made easy with a walking foot that is exactly 1 inch wide which allows you to accurately follow seam lines and previous quilting lines. The texture of these closely spaced lines is just gorgeous. I really do wish you could feel it by touching the screen!
I have also again used Aurifil 28wt thread (the gray spool) for quilting (28wt top thread - 40wt thread in the bobbin).This is a heavier weight thread which makes the stitches stand out and adds another point of interest. The stitches are long and the thread is heavy because I want the closely spaced lines of quilting to be a feature.
For the back of the quilt I have used a single print from the Cookie Book collection by Kim Kight for Cotton + Steel. And for the binding I have used an uneven stripe from the Essentials collection by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics.
Aerial Grove Quilt
Finished quilt measures 46 inches x 61 inches.
Aurifil 28wt cotton thread for quilting.
Low loft cotton batting ~
a low loft cotton batting perfect for use with low volume and bright white fabrics.
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Whilst I don't foresee too many applique projects in my immediate future - I never say never - I am really pleased that I have stepped outside of my comfort zone to learn a new technique! It is so important to keep challenging yourself, to embrace all that comes your way with an open mind, and enjoy the process. One stitch at a time.
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Aerial Grove Quilt - Work in Progress
Aurifil 80wt Thread for applique available exclusively from The Fat Quarter Shop.
Aerial Grove Quilt from the book: Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander
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