Sunday, April 30, 2017

One Monthly Goal: April 2017

Pregnancy nesting has had a favorable result on my quilt completion. I am pleased to report that I finished my One Monthly Goal for April, a wonderland quilt I designed using EQ7, which was inspired by Cotton + Steel's Wonderland collection designed by Rifle Paper Co.
The blocks are a combination of traditional piecing, machine appliqué, paper piecing, improv, and curved piecing, set within a non-standard grid.
As you may have seen in my planning post, I quilted selected poems from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass using 12 wt Medium Red #5002 Aurifil thread. As this was a new technique for me, I learned a few helpful strategies.
  • Adjust the tension while practicing on a sample quilt sandwich 12" x 12" square of layered fabric/batting/fabric miming the actual quilt. 
  • Use a size 90 needle.
  • Use 40 or 50 wt that matches the color of the top thread in the bobbin.
  • Increase your stitch length and decrease your speed.
  • Hold onto the top and bobbin threads really well after pulling the bobbin thread up to begin sewing. 
  • When tying off threads, refrain from popping the knot into the batting, and instead pull only the thread tails through before clipping. 
  • Use a busy (colorful and patterned) backing or one the same color as your 12 wt thread. 
  • Order the large spool, as the small spool of 12 wt runs out before you know it.
  • Do not backtrack directly; go alongside.
  • Forego the automatic needle threader.
Also, see what Angela Pingel advises, as well as Yvonne Fuchs.

I also chose free-motion designs to highlight each block. In the background space lacking words, I did some composite quilting consisting of swirls, pebbles, feathers, and paisleys in 50 wt Aurifil Avocado #2886.
This quilt was so much fun to create by pulling my favorite elements from Lewis Carroll's classic tale.
 I'll be back later with more details and close-ups. For now, I'll leave you with a parting picture.
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  1. It's a fantabulous finish! Great tips shared, too!

  2. This is an amazing quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  3. Boy, was I glad to notice that you wrote out your words before you quilted them--whew! Now it gives me hope that I can try this as I love love it on your quilt.

    This is a pretty fabulous quilt all the way around. I love the theme and the fact that you used your cool fabric to make it. I also love the mixed construction methods, as it "works" on this quilt. When I was nesting, I was happy to get the baby's dresser set up--and you make a quilt! Awesome, as usual.

  4. This is an amazing finish, Alton, and I look forward to those details!

  5. This is a great quilt. Congratulations on designing it and finishing it. Thanks for the tips.

  6. Wow! Great quilt, and sure looks like it was alot of work!! Pretty brilliant concept, and I love that you quilted some of the text of the book into it! so fun!! Hugs, H

  7. What a creative and beautiful quilt. You are truly skilled at quilting and designing.

  8. Fabulous finish!! What a wonderful theme and a great way to quilt it!

  9. wow, this is amazing! What an incredible quilt!

  10. This is so amazing Afton!! Love it!