Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend. We had a rainy Saturday, but we actually needed a nice rain and the temperatures were cool. I took Saturday morning to relax and enjoy the rain on my porch and worked on my Where Liberty Dwells cross-stitch. I hope to have it finished soon.
My nephew, Paul’s high school graduation was this weekend so now I can show you the finished quilt.
It started with the “Low Voltage” pattern by Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations and a Jr Jelly Roll of White Paper Grunge by Moda and a Kona Cotton Solids in Waterfall Roll-Up. It turned into this…
This is a large quilt, 72″ x 90″, so it’s nice and long for a tall young man. My sister told me my nephew’s favorite color is blue, so a blue quilt it is!
The orientation above is how it would go on a bed, but my 6′ tall holders couldn’t hold it high enough to keep it off the ground. It’s a very striking quilt and my son says he wants one just like it. Since it was a fairly quick quilt to make, he may get one, one day.
I used a flannel backing like on most of the other graduation quilts I’ve made. I like the back to be soft and cuddly and Minky is very messy, so I use flannel.
The quilting is mostly done with my walking foot. I used a Clover Hera Marker to mark the straight and curved lines. The Hera Marker leaves an indentation on the fabric so there are no ink or pencil lines to remove. I tried to use the walking foot on the short ends of the white strips, but there was too much turning of the large quilt, so after I finished all the other quilting, I went back with my free motion foot to quilt the ends on both sides.
I like the wavy lines on the blue strips. They are a nice contrast to the diagonal straight lines in the white and they give the quilt some movement. I had a hard time choosing the thread color for the blue strips. In the end, I used three colors of blue and gray Auriful 50 wt thread, light, medium and dark. I’m not completely happy with the quilting, though. You can see it more in the pictures than on the quilt, but I should have set my stitch length even higher than I had it. You can see how the fabric is pulling a little in the wavy lines. Next time, I’ll have to remember to check after a little quilting.
I kept the border quilting simple, too. I marked the large chevron pattern with the Hera Marker, also. Because the quilt is so large, I didn’t want too much quilting to make it heavier. I used Quilter’s Dream 80/20 batting, the first time I have used that. I liked the way it quilted and will probably be using it again.
Even though it was not a piecing or quilting challenge, the quilt is quite stunning in these colors. I hope Paul will enjoy it for many years to come.
Last week, I started and finished Grandpa’s Pick-up chart on Farmhouse Christmas.
Four down, five to go. Since I spent all yesterday morning on Where Liberty Dwells by With Thy Needle and Thread, I hope to have that finished in a day or two before moving on to either a new cross-stitch start or back to Jack Frost’s Tree Farm. I will also be starting on a few embroidery designs for Jacquelynne Steves’s Happy Little Things BOM. This past week I spent a lot of time on the Halloween Collection wall hanging. This week, I want to finish the top and get it ready for quilting. I also need to finish Step 6 of the Sew Your Stash Along I’m doing with my guild. I see a busy week ahead.
I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.