Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wings Alight: Update

Oh wow it's been a while since I last posted an update for this quilt (you can go read it here)!  I've been slowly continuing the quilting on it, with short breaks to rest my sore neck and shoulders.  Once I did two outlines of the wings with Aurifil 28wt, I drew a bunch of circles between the wings and then quilted a big mandala:

Wings Alight: drawing circles

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Wings Alight: quilted mandala, hand for scale.

Once the mandala was quilted I used my laser square (this one from Amazon--I use it mostly for squaring quilts and love it) and a long ruler to draw straight lines radiating out from the center of the mandala:

Wings Alight: Laser level for long straight lines!
Wings Alight: The first set drawn on.

I quilted the lines with a matching 50wt Aurifil thread in Dark Pewter (2630):

Wings Alight: Lots of lines!  Terrible photo, seriously, my camera hates this quilt.

Next I started filling in the feathers with lots of different free motion designs.  I used Aurifil 40wt in Aluminium (2615).  I tried to match feathers on each wing so they are nearly mirror-image, but the wing on the right has more feathers, so I call those wild-cards.   

Wings Alight: Filling the feathers!

In retrospect I wish I had used the Aluminum for the feather outlines and the Light Jade for the filler, but oh well.

Wings Alight: Some of the free motion quilting fillers so far!

Filling the feathers has been way more time consuming that I anticipated, but I'm nearing the end!  

Wings Alight: current state of the quilt, with my 5 year old for scale.

I will be back next Thursday will the finished quilt as part of the Art With Fabric blog hop!


4 comments:

  1. Wow...didn't realize how big the quilt is! What kind of fabric did you use? Your daughter is sooooo cute! I screen shot your wings for quilting ideas..amazing
    craftdee5@yahoo.com

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  2. Wow...didn't realize how big the quilt is! What kind of fabric did you use? Your daughter is sooooo cute! I screen shot your wings for quilting ideas..amazing
    craftdee5@yahoo.com

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  3. Thanks for sharing so much about your process (and for the laser link - I might need to get one eventually!) I can't wait to see. Keep it going!

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  4. The detail in the wings is truly giving this quilt life. I am sooooo going to go buy that laser on Amazon. Thanks!

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