Friday, April 21, 2017

Wings Alight: Threads and Wing Outline

You can see my previous blog posts about this quilt here.

Before starting the quilting I had to decide on thread colors for both the top and the bobbin.  Aurifil generously sponsored the top row of large spools:

Wings Alight: Aurifil threads--a mixture of 50, 40 ans 28wt.

I made a mini quilt sandwich from the quilt trimmings and tested out each thread weight (using 50wt in the bobbin) to find the best tension and stitch length for both straight line quilting using my walking foot and for free motion quilting using my darning/FMQ foot.  In the picture above you can see the back of my practice quilt and under that are my thread and tension notes.  In the end I decided to use matching color int he bobbin, which will make this a neat double sided quilt!

Wings Alight: Starting with my walking foot and the long straight lines.

The wings are outlined using Aurifil 28wt in Light Jade (1148), and will probably get a second layer. I used my walking foot for the longest straight lines, then switched to my FMQ foot for the rest of the feathers.  It took at least 30 minutes to quilt the left wing (you can check out a time lapse of that quilting on my Instagram--click here!).

Wings Alight: Finished left wing.

The right wing took a longer, but I finally got it done!  Here's how the quilt looks now:

Wings Alight: Really wishing I'd put the wings higher on the quilt...too late now!

And here's me in front of the wings, I guess this is a thing now:

Wings Alight: I do wish I could have made the wings bigger...although they are already a challenge to get through my machine (a Janome 6300 with a 9" throat)!


  1. It was very smart to practice the quilting setting a and test out the thread combinations. Perhaps a final trim of the quilt will position the wings a bit higher?

  2. They look the perfect size! I'm a taller person so my wingspan might be bigger than yours though lol. I hope one day I get to make this pose in front of your finished quilt! Good on you for combining FMQ and walking foot - that seems ideal for your design. Can't wait to read/see more!

  3. Just amazing! After watching your video, I think you might have a future in wrestling if you ever decide to change careers :)

  4. Standing in front of the wings = totally a thing. Keep up the great work!

  5. Wow, really get the scale with you in the photo. very exciting project and looking forward to seeing more!