Loading the longarm with the Magnolia Attic Window quilt, I thought a lot about how to quilt it. I knew I wanted the quilting and the color of thread to enhance the shadows and sashing without overpowering the large magnolia print. Click HERE to see the original construction.
Auditioning colors for the quilting, there were a lot of choices. I decided on a medium green. Naturally the perfect matching green to the sashing didn’t have enough left on the spool to do the entire quilt. So, it was the next best color Essentials thread on the top, and Bottom Line in a sage color in the bobbin. Warm and Natural batting, single layer Warm and White.
Initially, I thought I’d do a freehand treatment in all the sashings and something else on top of the magnolia flowers. So, what to do, ribbon candy? No. Alternating loops? Nah. Feathers? Not really in the mood for those either, too many turns to make. Over/under loops? Boring. In the end, I just went for a pantograph again.
The pantograph is Hyacinth Grande by Patricia Ritter for Urban Elementz.
The quilting went fairly quickly, as it is a lap size quilt. I was listening to an audiobook too, and didn’t want to stop the story, LOL!! Maybe that is a good incentive to keep sewing.
Quilting finished, it was removed from the frame and trimmed. Now, what to use for binding? I didn’t want to introduce another fabric, and I had plenty of the black or the green to use.
I settled on the black, made the binding, stitched it on the front of the quilt, and began the slow stitching part of the finishing.
Then I hand stitched a label made with a fabric scrap and writing the information with a pigma pen.
I plan to show this quilt at the fair this year, so it will need a sleeve too. A little more handwork was in store, adding one of my Re-Usable Quilt Sleeves.
Now, all done. And I won’t have to rush this summer to get the sleeves done.
I am going to hang this one from the display rod in the basement sewing area near the longarm. I tried to get a picture of that for you, but they all came out so dark, likely because the sunlight was pretty bright in the windows.
What are you working on now?