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Black and Yellow Geometric Quilt

A friend recently asked me to do a quilt for her, and I was delighted.  She is a fantastic piecer and this beautiful black and yellow quilt just showcased her skills.  Look at all those little bits in the middle of the rectangles!  She’ll slap me for talking about her, so I won’t reveal her name, but this quilt was an absolute joy to quilt.  I spread it out on the longarm bar to make sure I had the backing oriented correctly.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I loaded the backing, then unrolled the Warm and Natural all cotton batting over it to cut to size.  I find this works better than measuring with a tape measure, and I can cut a straighter line.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I floated the top as usual, and stitched the top edge down. Then I did my normal check, folding the bottom edge of the quilt up to the bar to see if there will be any adjustments to the quilting for borders.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Look how flat it is, heaven to quilt!  Didn’t even need a single spray of Best Press.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She chose a medium grey thread Essentials thread, and I used grey Aurifil Thread in the bobbin.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph is called Halcyon designed by Hermione Agee for Lorien Quilting.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The dragonflies in this pretty yellow tone on tone…

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

and the bees in this print made the quilting look a bit like flight paths.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph design brings clouds to mind over the greys.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

One more look at the quilting, the side borders are nicely flat too.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The grey really does go well in the wide grey outer border.  Taking it off the longarm, I trimmed it up for her.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

All done, the quilting is nicely subtle from a distance, and gives some lovely texture and pattern to the solids and tone-on-tones from close up.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

She is coming to get it this week, and I hope she likes it.

Black and Yellow Quilt at From My Carolina Home

What are you working on this week?

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Modern Setting in Black – Part 3 – Question and Giveaway

So it is finally bound, and I thought I’d have permanent eye strain. It is bound in solid black, and yes, with black thread. Holy cow, am I glad it is finished!!  If you want to see it from the beginning click HERE.  I had to put two lamps next to my chair to see the binding as I went.  Are you still with me? Now I need your help.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I have two questions for you to answer, and there will be a drawing for a video as a prize. Just leave a comment with your opinion to be entered. The drawing will be random, so even if you don’t have an idea or opinion, you can still win. I have to put a sleeve on it for showing, and I am conflicted now about the orientation.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

The original idea was 4-3-2-1-2 coming down like a waterfall from the top left, with four down, then three down, then two down, then 1 at the bottom, and two next. But to me looking at it this way, do you read across instead of down into 3-3-2-1-1-2? Is that what you see, or do you see the waterfall? Call this way Option A.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

So, here it is with the other end up, Option B. Now it reads 2-1-1-2-3-3, or do you see 2-1-2-3-4?

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I asked the longarm ladies on the forum and got a mixed response. Some like the heavier block end at the bottom, saying it is more natural to put the larger grouping at the bottom. But others like it in the original waterfall setting, saying it is opposite of traditional so should be placed in a non-traditional way, more artistic expression.  And I need a name for the setting design.

So, which do you like better?  And what would you call the setting design?  Comment on setting name and/or which way it should hang to be entered to win this Public Broadcasting produced DVD on the Great American Quilt Revival. (Giveaway has been done). The Great American Quilt Revival is the story of how quilts came to be recognized as works of art and how the craft of quilting has exploded into popular culture. It has a one-hour show plus 45 minutes of bonus footage and interview. I don’t know if it will play in DVD players outside the US, I assume it to be Region 1, although it doesn’t say.  If you are international, I’ll send a book instead, so comment away!

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

Update – I have been thinking about this all day, responding to all the comments, and then got this brainstorm.  I think I  might call it Shooting Stars, the black being the night sky.  Or maybe Falling Stars.

If you don’t have an opinion on the questions, comment anyway, you’ll still be able to win the DVD if your number is chosen by the random number generator.  So, what do you think?


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Modern Setting for Traditional BOM – Part 2

More stretching out of my comfort zone with the quilting on my modern setting for a batik quilt came with loading it up on the frame for quilting. The border, sashing, batting and backing are all black.  The batting is part polyester and part cotton, yet another new experience for me.  Plus I used Bottom Line thread in the bobbin for the first time.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

You cannot see where the top edge ends and where the batting comes out from under!!  Mercy!! How was I going to quilt this, daylight was essential, and not a rainy day I needed bright sunshine. I had the crazy idea to quilt it in black too.  NOT!!

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

Thank heavens for the great longarm quilters at the longarm quilter’s forum that talked me out of black, and into a softer brown/grey.

Black Modern quilting

I was happier with that color over the blocks, as it didn’t stand out on the medium tones.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

And it shows nicely on the black, but I knew every little bobble would show, so I had to be very careful and smooth in the movement of the longarm.

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Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

All finished and ready to be bound.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

More about this quilt next time, binding this beast is up next.  Black on black with black thread.

Part Three HERE

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A Modern Setting for Traditional Block of the Month

Last year, I did a series of posts on a block of the month, all in batiks which was put on by a local quilt shop using patterns from the internet.  I decided that batik fabrics were not my cup of tea.  With the advice of friends, I did manage to get all the blocks done.  I had already stretched quite a bit out of my comfort zone just by using batiks and I decided to stretch a bit more.  If you’d like to work through all 12 blocks, click on the Category Block of the Month 2014, and you see all 12 posts.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I decided to use black as the sashing. That was different for me too.  That is black batting sitting behind the blocks.  I’ve never used that either.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

Using my quarter inch foot kept the seams consistent.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I pressed all the block seams toward the black sashing.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I sewed the blocks and sashings into strips, and then thought why not stretch a bit further and come up with a modern setting?

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

I had to use a black border too.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

So I added some plain black blocks, and thought about an asymmetrical placement. I was inspired by the waterfalls in our area, and thought the blocks could flow down like a waterfall.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

The batiks really pop against the black, and the idea began to take shape.

Modern Setting for Traditional BOM at From My Carolina Home

Waterfall setting, with the three blocks below like the rocks in the middle of a stream. I like the juxtaposition of modern to traditional. Next time, I’ll show you the quilting.  Click Here for Part Two.

Please do follow the links for parts 2 and 3, there was a lot more about the quilting.

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