Sticking The Finish

I love having boring but necessary finish work to fall back on when I get stuck on new stuff. My deep purple project (no, you haven’t seen it) needs wall time, so I turned to binding two projects.

Neither is especially original, though I like to think I’ve put my own spin on them. “Church Windows” is a smaller version of a Victoria Findlay Wolfe project, and “Twinkle, Twinkle” is my riff on the “Rock Star” quilt I spotted on Pinterest.

I wrote about “Church Windows” before I quilted it. The quilting was a bit tricky as I went with a wool batting. My reasoning was it would make for a warmer, lighter lap quilt. The batting became an issue after I washed it half way through the quilting process and the quilt puffed up like a startled cat.

Oh, why did I wash it? I sprayed what I assumed were water erasable blue pen marks with water after I did part of the quilting. Turns out I assumed wrong. I used many kinds of pens to trace around templates for the pieces in order to see my lines, and one/some of those bled horribly with water. The bleeding came out with a wash, but the batting really fluffed up in the dryer. Then I had to tamp it down for the second round of quilting.

“Church Windows” 39 by 57″

You can see how puffy it got.

Luckily, quilting “Twinkle, Twinkle” went smoothly, however boring a one inch diagonal grid is to quilt.

“Twinkle, Twinkle” 40 by 47″

“Twinkle, Twinkle” detail

I used up many, many scraps on this one, but I fear my scrap boxes are gearing up for the winter breeding season.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.


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11 responses to “Sticking The Finish

  1. Your quilts are beautiful! I especially like the curved arches 🙂

  2. I’m not a fan of purple but, that aside, the effect of light and dark in the church windows quilt is really effective. I’d like to have seen your face when the quilt came out of the dryer! I’m so glad that worked out okay!

    • You really won’t be a fan of the piece I’m currently working on then. I call it Deep Purple. The face you really would have liked to see was the one I made when I found the inks were getting darker as I sprayed water on my quilt. I washed the quilt at that point because if the inks didn’t come out, I saw no reason to continue the quilting.

  3. Rosemaryflower

    this looks really great, the star quilt. Yes, the sewing goes on and one back and forth.
    The church windows quilt is very pretty I love the colors chosen

  4. Two very attractive quilts. I love the contrast and gradations. Wouldn’t have known the “puffy” was a problem if not pointed out with a close up. I think the grid quilting on Twinkle Twinkle was a good choice, it doesn’t take away from the quilt colors or design. Congratulations on more finishes!

  5. I love the orientation of the Church Windows, with Gothic arches. I experimented with it by taking a screen shot and then rotating it. Turning it over doesn’t give me the same sensation — makes me slightly anxious or something. It just doesn’t look right. But as you have it, there is a depth and peace about it.

    Twinkle Twinkle, also fine work. I continually tell myself that I’ll use scraps in a similar way, not necessarily to make stars but to create fabric pieces to use in some ways. But then I tell myself I like my scraps just the way they are… 🙂

    • Thanks to my husband for the name “Church Windows.” Sometimes his literalism pays off. You can’t see the backing fabric, which features eyeglasses – windows to the soul? Once I set up my scraps in the Bonnie Hunter mode I never changed, so I keep strips separate from chunks. And I enjoy creating chunks from the strips, which leads to work like that star quilt.

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