Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ready for binding!

I did more ripping of stitches, and am definitely happier with the way things are looking!  I decided the biggest problem with the peacock feathers (aka plume feathers) is the top part--it just doesn't fill the area well, or look very pretty.

This is one of the nicer ones, actually.

So I played with the sketches I had done earlier and figured out a way to make them work...more ripping of stitches, and then some more quilting, but here's how they look now:


I decided not to add any other quilting (for now!), and instead trimmed and squared up the quilt:

I hated to trim off that much, but it helped that I knew I would have to since sandwiching it.

The fabrics were no where near square, so I didn't have anywhere good to start, so I used the compass--I wanted the points to be due north/south, and then squared the quilt around that measurement.



Next is binding and a hanging sleeve, and figuring out where to sneak in a label.  My favorite side of the quilt has changed several time throughout making it, first the grey, then the pink, and now the grey again.



Which side do you like better?

33 comments:

  1. Amazing! I love the compass detail. Can't decide which side I like best...they're both gorgeous.

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  2. Wow this is incredible! Do you quilt on a long arm or home machine?

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    1. I quilt on a Janome MC6300--a home machine with a 9" throat space.

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  3. I like both sides and I continue to be in awe of your huge quilting skills.

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  4. Both sides are beautiful, no wonder they're both your favorite!

    I'd be tempted to do a label by writing on the binding, rather than a "real" label. Depending on what color binding you'll be doing, of course.

    Your quilting is *amazing*!

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  5. I'm loving the grey side. Both sides are really gorgeous!

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  6. Wow! That is amazing quilting.

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  7. It's hard, but I'd say the grey. Awesome! I'm pleased if I can get an even stipple :-)

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  8. Awesome quilting!! I think I like the gray side best, but it is a tough call

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  9. that is amazing quilting! I prefer the grey, but both are wonderful.

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  10. Your quilting is just amazing. I like the grey! Did you have a pattern for the half star or did you just do that yourself? I love it!

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  11. wow!! I love your quilting!

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  12. Wow stunning quilting! Very hard to pick a side. I like the way the black border highlights the star on the pink side, but the grey with pink thread is striking!

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  13. Spectacular! I love the pink side, but both are amazing.

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  14. Amazing. Your quilting is incredible.

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  15. There's no way to choose a side... both equally stunning!

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  16. Can I just like both sides better? This quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!

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  17. Wow! You are amazing at FMQ! It is so impressive!!!
    I love the gray side best, but the pink is fabulous too!
    Good luck with the finish of this beauty!

    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  18. I agree with Esther... I like the gray side best because it shows of your stitching. And after all that stitch, rip and stitch again.... It should show! Great work! It is sew gorgeous!

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  19. Loving the grey side, but both are fabulous!!!

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  20. This is fabulous!!! I'd have to pick the pink side.

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  21. Picking a favorite? That's evil! I think I like the pink side, but I'm pretty sure I'd look at both sides as much as possible. :)

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  22. Wow! Your quilting is seriously stunning. I love both sides and I'm not a pink lover!

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  23. These quilts and your quilting is stunning!

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  24. Renee, this quilt is flat out amazing! I know you put so much work in to it and it definitely paid off. The quilting is absolutely stunning!! I actually kind of like the a touch better, (SUCH a tough decision), but I love the grey because you can see the peacock feathers. Either way, it's incredibly gorgeous. I feel like you probably mentioned it at some point, but what size did it end up being?

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  25. Amazing, compliments! Such nice quilting! Both sides are OK.

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  26. This is absolutely amazing. I love your quilting! Inspirational!

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  27. Your quilting is stunning! I am so glad I linked over for a view - thanks for sharing!

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  28. Everyone else has said, "Amazing." I wish could think of another adjective...
    The design of your quilt and the execution are wonderful. Very well planned.
    I can't believe you ripped stitches out but it was an improvement. Good for you.

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