Monday, January 7, 2013

Dad's Quilt Finished and Ready to Give

Wow - I think this is the absolute fastest time I have ever made a quilt, from start to finish - one week! (It's about ready to snow outside, so this is the best I could do for photos.)


Let's see. I started cutting it out on Dec. 30 and got it pieced together soon after. Added the borders.


Then I quilted it with this luscious copper thread by Glide, but I'll be darned if it didn't give me fits on my long arm machine. Kept breaking! I rethreaded, adjusted tension, changed the needle twice, rethreaded, adjusted tension. Screamed a fair amount.  But finally I got it finished. I believe it is just a two-ply polyester thread, so I tried to slow down in my quilting because perhaps it wasn't strong enough?  Anyway, don't look too closely at the quilting, because it has a fair amount of stops and starts all through the darn thing.  Anyone with any suggestions about what was wrong, I'm all ears!


For the backing, I found a really nice dark blue fabric with faint trees. With leaves in the border fabric, and trees on the back, I decided to quilt a leaf motif throughout, and I think it worked well.  Dad's favorite color is blue, so the backing will definitely give him his blue fix.  I've been working on hand-stitching the binding to the backside of the quilt this weekend, and just finished that up last night, so I guess technically it was 8 days. Whew!


For those of you who are new here or may have forgotten, this quilt is for my dad who is going blind due to macular degeneration.  I wanted him to have it while he could still see somewhat. He sees better at a distance, so I can show it to him from across the room and he'll enjoy it.  My daughter is coming home for a visit at the end of the month (yes!), and so we'll pay him a visit then and give it to him as an early Valentine's gift.


This was definitely a quilt made with love.

Barb

P.S.  This is my Finished Quilt for A Lovely Year of Finishes sponsored by Fiber of All Sorts and Bittersweet Designs. Check out all the other great creations that quilters are working on this month.

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17 comments:

  1. Very nice! Congrats on finishing!

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  2. Yeah! Congrats on the finish. And it is so very lovely! Your dad will treasure it!

    I have not used the Glide thread yet. I am an all cotton girl. Did you use the magna glide bobbins with the thread? I think they have a magnet on them to slow the spin/backlash on the bobbin(?)

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  3. Beautiful job Barb. I love leaves so I love the quilting pattern that you used! Congrats on the finish!

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  4. Hi Barb I love the quilt and I am sure your Dad will appreciate the colours, so bright. Susie x

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  5. It is absolutely beautiful! I am sure he will be so surprised and love it. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. :)

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  6. Beautiful quilt, Barb. Just love it from start to finish.

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  7. Beautiful - full of love...he will love it! And I really like your leafy-loop quilting! I haven't tried the Glide because it's so much lighter than my Signature - I just stick with what has always worked!

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  8. I Can Feel The Love- And Know That He Is Going To Too!.. I could not find one Stop and Start! and I tried really hard. It turned out Beautiful.

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  9. Beautiful quilt Barb and wow did you finish that fast! Your dad is going to love it! Thanks for sharing.
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  10. Holy buckets you are fast! Congratulations on a beautiful first finish in 2013! Wow! I just love the colors too!

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  11. Gorgeous quilt! I love the colours!

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  12. What an amazing quilt and completed! Eeep!

    Congrats on your first finish of the year. I adore adore the quilting and may try that myself on a quilt. ♥

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  13. That is just fantastic. I love the colors they are fantastic. Thanks for linking up.

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  14. I like the way the copper shows up on back. Great finish!

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  15. I use king tut and so fine....so will have to look into that thread. Our quilting always sparkles from the back doesn't it!! Is you dad just loving the quilt??

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