Friday, October 24, 2014

Flying North mini quilt

21" x 22" mini quilt

I made this mini quilt for a swap with Afton from Quilting Mod (go check out the quilt she made me!).  I met her through her blog first, and soon after met her at a New Mexico Quilter's Association meeting, and then the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild.  So she's my first real life quilt-blogger friend!

Compass detail, I used Green Fairy's tutorial to make it.

We decided to swap quilts back in May, I think...and then kept pushing it back until finally we swapped them at the beginning of this month.  I'm glad we were equally busy and every delay was mutually agreed on!  We didn't discuss likes/dislikes at all, but agreed the quilts should be between 12"and 24".

Two layers of batting under those geese!

I really wanted to create something original, with lots of negative space for fun quilting.  And geese have been calling to me lately, so they had to be included.  I finally settled on this photo as inspiration.  Basically I just liked the shape of the steps leading up to the round, open sky.

Quilting detail on front.

I used Aurifil #2605 for most of the quilting.  For the compass and around the geese I used #2600.  I used #2024 for around the compass.  My sewing machine (a Janome 6300) big-puffy heart loves Aurifil!

Compass quilting detail.

I used Kona Oyster for the front and Kona Charcoal for the back. The fabric in the geese range from Cotton and Steel to Tula Pink and from Carolyn Friedlander to batiks.  The binding is Foliage in Teal from Carolyn Freidlander's Botanics line.

Binding and quilting detail.

Back

I used Quilter's Dream wool batting (which I got for a good deal from Massdrop!) and added a second layer of batting to the geese using a trapunto method.

Quilting detail on back.

Thankfully Afton loves this quilt as much as I do! It's always good to know your quilts are going to a good, loving home!  :-)

Label from TagsToGo on etsy.

Linking this up for:

Blogger's Quilt Festival - AmysCreativeSide.com

27 comments:

  1. Amazing! This is stunning. I think the back is cool cause it shows off the quilting even more. I have loved the drawings and ideas you have shown on IG. I love Afton's blog. She is super funny too. So glad you have a real-life quilting friend. I need more of those. lol. I have even considered moving to areas where I know there are more quilters - after I finish school. ;)

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  2. Renee! That quilting is stunning! I'm in amazement of your skills (as usual). :)

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  3. Wow, what a gorgeous quilt and quilting! Congrats with this amazing finish.
    Love from Amsterdam

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  4. Gorgeous!!! The quilting is just stunning. Happy little geese! :)

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  5. I love geese too! A group of 4 Canadas flew over my house htis morning while I was photgraphing my latest finish. I love love love your quilt, from the colours to the quilting to the pattern. Going to hop on over to all the links you put in this post. Wish I was on the receiving end of it! :-)

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  6. The quilting is a wow! I love how you used the geese. :)

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  7. This is stunning! The quilting is just so gorgeous. Great, great finish! Thank you for linking up at TGIFF!

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  8. It was a lot of fun to watch your progression of work on this through IG. The quilting detail view of the back of the quilt is stunning, Renee - good luck in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

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  9. This is one incredible work of art.

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  10. Wow Renee, this is absolutely beautiful.Love everything about this quilt.Great job!!

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  11. wow! unblievably, superbly, incredibly, wow!!! I hope you enter this in the Bloggers Quilt Festival!!! XX!

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  12. Cool inspiration. The view through the back is just as good as the front :)

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  13. It looks brilliant on both the front and the back. The quilting is amazing and your design is stunning.

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  14. Girl! You outdid yourself!!! (Sorry I forget to comment here...I'm so used to "talking" on instagram.) :)

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  15. Visiting from the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Gorgeous - I love the way the quilting and the piecing work together.

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  16. And oh, my gosh! This one! Lady - you sure did GOOD! This is so striking - wonderful movement in it, excellent play of quilting motifs and "sculpting". I agree with an earlier poster - the back is just as fascinating.

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  17. The back side is so super cool! So is the front :)

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  18. This one really came together! I love the movement you have with those geese and the textured background. Beautiful!

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  19. I love this one, very bold design and quilting.

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  20. This is gorgeous and I like that you showed us your inspiration too. Love the quilting and it really works to show off your talents.

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  21. Seeing the whole quilt definitely reminds me of Santa in his sleigh! I'm not sure why, but I guess it works given the name of the quilt too. It is gorgeous.

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  22. This quilt is awesome! I love it! Great design. Beautiful quilting.

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  23. Your quilt is just stunning!!! Love everything about it! Congratulations on such a beautiful finish!

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  24. I love the quilting detail. Great job!

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