Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ABQMQG banner progress

I've been quilting on this for a week now (you can see my first post about this quilt here) and thought I'd share my progress so far--these are photos I took at the beginning and after each bobbin:

ABQMQG banner after basting.

ABQMQG banner after first bobbin--mostly straight lines, letter outlining (they were only fused down and were peeling up all over!  I didn't know I was going to have to finish the applique on them, so I only outlined them and left them raw-edge) and a start on the mountain designs.

ABQMQG banner--more designs on the mountain and 2.5 hot air balloons. 

ABQMQG banner--all 4 balloons finished, started on the air current quilting (after much discussion and help from Yvonne @Quilting Jet Girl)

The air current swirls are exhausting for the arms and shoulders, but I wanted to quilt them before the edges were stiff with quilting.  I'm glad I decided on the filler design vs echo quilting because the filler is a lot more manageable on my sewing machine!

ABQMQG banner--more windy swirl quilting, some filler (bottom left) and more mountain quilting.  Don't worry, I'll finish those sun rays soon!

I'm beginning to worry about the wavy-ness of the bottom of the quilt (under the mountains)--it was wavy when I got it, and they only get more pronounced as I quilt.  I'm worried the banner will always have a wavy bottom.  :-/  I'm planning some tight quilting pattern to help pull it in (piano keys or horizontal), but I don't think this is just something that you can quilt out...

Anyway, I'm pretty excited about how it's coming together!  Kind of dreading the quilting around the letters though, haha.

14 comments:

  1. Renee, Mandy did an awesome program for our March meeting on how to block a quilt after it is quilted to get rid of the waviness. I still have the handout. It mostly involves getting the quilt wet and pinning it to a bunch of towels on a flat surface. She then binds the edges with Stay tape.

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  2. The filler looks great! It really lets the air current swirls pop out and smashes everything down so nicely. Also, I love the ghost south peak; you didn't really mention it in the discussion here... are you hoping it kind of sneaks in under the radar? ;)

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  3. I love how this is coming together so far. Will blocking help with the waviness? I know you've done it before with some of your other quilts...or is this too big for that to be practical? The air current quilting looks amazing, by the way.

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  4. Renee, it looks fantastic!! Love the air swirls and the filler you chose for them is awesome. And the balloons! LOVE!! Something you might want to try before you start quilting that bottom part is to lay the quilt out flat (under a ceiling fan would be great) and just spritz it with water. I did this with a top once before I started quilting and it really did pull in the waves pretty well. I cannot wait to see it in person at the Fiber and Arts Festival!! :D

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  5. Would it be less trouble overall to remove and resew the bottom portion? What you have so far looks amazing. I'm excited to see it in real life.

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  6. OMG. Those air swirls!!!! You are a master!

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  7. You can't see but my mouth is agape.

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  8. The transformation you have created seems miraculous Renee! All that empty space is coming to life and it looks gorgeous!

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  9. Wow! I really like the air swirls and hot air balloons. It looks so good. I was also wondering if it would be easier to unpick the bottom "border" and sew it on again without all the waves.

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  11. 'm a newish quilter and am mouth agape with The Cozy Pumpkin! Agree with Afton Warrick about just taking the bottom off and reattaching after it is pulled tight. Again, the quilting is spectacular!

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  12. Your quilting is amazing Renee. Those balloons are so cute and the filler with the swirls gives some great texture. I'll be interested to hear what you do with the border - I had this issue with a quilt a few weeks ago. I fixed it with a fake seam. Not the best solution, but it worked for that particular quilt.

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  13. It is exciting to see your progress. Looks fabulous already!

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  14. I have been watching this on Instagram, but I think I failed to mention how much I love the balloons,

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