Friday, April 30, 2010

Sew And Tell Friday! A Picture Frame Quilt for Nancy....

Hi, all!

Well, I didn't exactly finish a quilt this week, but I did finish piecing this top - so I'm counting it for Sew and Tell Friday! This is another quilt for my daughter to auction at the silent auction to raise funds for her adoption - the second one of (hopefully) four!



Many thanks to Ashley at Film In The Fridge for the inspiration for this quilt - her mini spring quilt is beautiful and caught my eye and my daughter's!

A funny story - when my husband saw this top, he said, "Wow - - - that's - - a lot of white...." When my daughter saw it, she said, "Wow!!! That's a lot of white!!!" Can you tell which one liked the white?

I'm working on a beautiful pastel disappearing nine-patch quilt right now - hopefully I'll have pictures next week. I don't usually like pastels, but this one is very sweet and feminine. I'll be interested to see how it comes out.

Here's a question for you all - have you ever quilted with shiny thread? Is it difficult? Does it add a neat dimension, or is is not worth the hassle? I'd love to hear your thoughts.....


Later!

Sarah

16 comments:

  1. S--That is just a stunning quilt...adore it!

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  2. this looks great...i personally have not had much luck with shiny thread...it makes my tension all weird

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  3. I really love Ashley's quilt too - that's so cool that you made your own version! You just might inspire me to give it a go too :-)

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  4. HA! I also thought, "Wow, that's a lot of white!" But it really brings your eye to both the centers and the borders. I think there's some sort of feng shui going on here. It seems quite peaceful.

    I once hand-quilted with gold thread. Really liked the look, but it did have a tendency to unravel. The gold was wrapped around an inner core of white filaments. Not sure if they're all made this way or not.

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  5. That's a very eye-catching quilt, Sarah! I really like those blues and greens. I've never quilted with shiny thread myself, but when I was at Nancy's Notions dropping off my Little Dresses this week, I was looking at a quilt on display that has used really pretty shiny thread. Her quilting was meticulous, and the shiny thread really drew your eye to it.

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  6. Sarah, the quilt has such a unique look. What a great cause you are making the quilt for!

    Yes, I have used metallic thread to do outline quilting before. Make sure you get the needle for Metallic thread to keep the fraying frustration at the minimum. I liked the look, it was for a Christmas quilt, and the flowers sparkle under the light.

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  7. I like the double sashings in between the blocks. Love the wonky look! It is a lot of white, but it works.

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  8. All that white makes the coloured centres really pop out. Can see why it took your eye. Can't really help you with the shiny thread. I have some variegated slightly shiny thread that I'm about to use. Hopefully I will have no problems with it. Let us know how you get on with yours.

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  9. I'm with your daughter on the white - gorgeous!
    About the shiny thread - if you mean rayon, rather than metallic, I have used it on small wall quilts and had no trouble. I don't know how sturdy it is to use on a bed quilt, though. But the thread comes in different sizes, so a heavier weight should do the trick, it just needs a bigger needle so it won't fray. Have fun!

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  10. I really like the blocks surrounded by the white - very striking !

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  11. Wow! That's a lot of white! :o) I like it.

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  12. Sarah, this is one gorgeous quilt! I love all the white. Can't wait to see the next one! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a beautiful quilt! I'm so glad you were inspired to make one. I love it in this larger size!

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  14. I love the white! It came out great.

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