Saturday, January 12, 2013

Off the Frame ... Woohoo!

Quilting is finished (at last!)  Woohoo!

The hardest part is done.  Now I get to bind it and find a box to mail it to it's new home.  It's going to a friend who just moved to Texas with her husband.  Since she's a recent college graduate, a recent bride, and has just started a new job, I think I'll call this one New Beginnings.

Thanks to everyone who has commented on the quilting and helped me with suggestions as I struggled to use so few fabrics in this one.  Deb requested a photo of the back and I'd love to share one ... or more.

from the center
Border quilting
I can't remember where I've recently seen this half feather, half stripe for the border.  I wish I could share the blog which inspired me.  But this design is striking and I just had to give it a try.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I even used Deb's method for feathers (except I quilted spines since they were just half feathers).  She recently posted a cool tutorial at stitchintherapy.  Definitely check it out if you'd like to learn more about making feathers.  I like that there are so many ways to achieve great results.

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Pieced minkee backing
I included this last photo to let you see what happens if you piece minkee backing and rotate one of the pieces 90 degrees from the other.  It's a slightly different color.  Like corduroy, but not nearly as noticeable.  I can live with this, but I might buy enough yardage next time to get the length going the same direction - especially since it stretches more in one direction that the other.

I received a photo of the family in New Jersey who received the Hurricane Sandy quilt.  Their faces were bright with smiles and the smallest boy stood right in front of the quilt, but he was so small, he didn't hide much of it.  I don't have permission to post the photo on the internet, so you'll just have to imagine the smiles.  It made me smile too.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars


  1. Fabulous quilting. I so love all the different motifs you used. And the name is perfect for this one. Big pat on the back for this one. Your friend is going to absolutely love it....lucky she is.

  2. Congratulations on finishing! The quilting looks fantastic. I especially like the border design. I'm sure the back is just so soft and will be great to snuggle up with!

  3. Such beautiful quilting! The back is just as gorgeous as the front! Your friend is so much to be getting this lovely quilt.

  4. What a gorgeous job, but then, what else would I expect from you? Good work, Kim.

  5. Your quilt is beautiful. Love the free motion quilting, that's the type of quilting I like to do, especially feathers. Congratulations, I'm sure your gift will be enjoyed.

  6. How fun to do so many different quilting designs - it turned out great. Thanks for the heads up on the Minky directional problem. I've only made smaller quilts with Minky, but a larger one to totally wrap up in would be so cozy!

  7. Stunning! Your quilting is really something to admire.

  8. Beautiful quilt and quilting! I like the way you did the border and Deb had a wonderful tutorial on her feathers!

  9. Beautiful quilting! It really came out well.