Thursday, 24 March 2016

Scrappy Sampler Quilt - Finished



Quilting with  Sulky Invisible Thread







Way back in May 2015, I made the announcement that I was making a Sampler Quilt of my own design.  Throughout the year, I posted photos of different blocks I was creating for it, sample layouts and eventually a completed quilt top.  Well, I can finally say that the the Scrappy Sampler quilt is now officially backed, quilted, bound, in other words, completed.

Measuring approximately 52" x 70 ", I backed it with an assortment of toning fabrics from my stash, including my treasured IKEA Britten Nummer and Martha Negley feather prints.  I figured they had to get used up sooner or later and I was really pleased I didn't have to buy any fabrics especially for this purpose,  It is quilted in organic, (read not very straight) lines, roughly 2" apart.  I made the decision to use Gutermann Sulky Invisible thread for the top quilting stitch, so that you couldn't see obvious stitches against the darker colours,  I got a lot of good information from this site , and found it stopped the thread from stretching and breaking if I placed it on the upright spool holder while quilting.

Random parts of the quilt have been hand quilted with Sue Spargo Eleganza Perle 8 in a  silver grey colourway.  Again nothing to obvious, but done to highlight certain blocks and add more texture to this quilt.  The binding is a shot stripe from Kaffe Fasset.  There are a few faults, and the perfect points police should definitely not look to carefully or closely at some blocks.  However, overall I am happy with this quilt. considering it was an experiment for me in:
  • making a quilt without a plan or pattern
  • trying out different blocks
  • improv piecing to fit them all together
Would I make another quilt like this?  Maybe one day, but in the meantime I am going to enjoy this one and celebrate the fact is is finished.


13 comments:

  1. Really lovely finish, something to be proud of. I like the mix of machine and hand quilting. The feather blocks are my favourite and I love the large font fabric on the back. Happy Easter.

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  2. WOW! I adore it! I'd love to be able to be so talented to sew/design like that. Love it.

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  3. A stunning quilt! Love all the details and the added handquilting!

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  4. I think I might ahve already said it once before, but I love, love, love this quilt! Not to mention that this really has me thinking about doing a sampler of my own. Love the blocks. Love the quilting. Love the hand quilting. Hope you enjoy being wrapped up and staying warm with this beauty!

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  5. A truly beautiful quilt, I love it.

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  6. I love it, Julie!! And I especially love how you've quilted it. I imagine this will be quite a treasure for years to come!

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  7. A wonderful finish Julie! I love the fabrics, it has a nice balanced look, and your handquilting is a very special added touch!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful!!! I remember you making many of these blocks, such as the feathers and admiring them as you made them, so it is lovely to see them all come together and finished into this very lovely quilt. Hope that you enjoy using it and remembering all the pieces you made. xx

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  9. I LOVE..... LOVE how this turned out Julie! You were so worried about making it look cohesive and 'together' and boy, did you pull it off! This will become a much loved family heirloom, I hope!

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  10. it is absolutely beautiful Julie!

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  11. It's stunning!!! I love everything about it! You are a good pattern designer :)

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  12. Julie - this quilt is stunning!!!! How impressive that's it's your 'own'. It turned out beautifully! I am in total awe. Gorgeous work!!! 💖💖💖

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  13. It looks lovely. Well done, and just in time for Autumn.

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