Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I am pleased to report that I finished my Ironwork* QAL quilt which I have named Off The Grid for no other reason than it was the name I used to try the embroidery feature on my machine for the label!
Thanks to Sandi at Piecemeal Quilts for designing this QAL
A few photos...
 The backing is a cotton sheet. I remember the days when I hated cutting up fabric to make the backing...
And here I am with the perfect sized sheet, and what do I do?
Oh yeah...cut it up and add pieces!!

I used my even feed foot to do all the quilting, until I realized that there was a lot of open space on the large asterisk blocks. So I did some hand stitching using perle cotton to fill it in a little. 
I like the softness it adds to the overall look of the quilt.

I almost went with a solid binding, but I am so happy I didn't.
The black and white stripe is one of my favourite parts of the quilt. I purchased it locally at Fabricland.

 So, I mentioned the label. I almost never put labels on things and it's usually because I just forget!
However, I knew this quilt was staying here, so I thought I'd try the embroidery feature on my machine.
It turned out just okay.
I used Steam A Seam and plan to hand stitched it on.....in case I want to remove it later. ;-)
I have no idea if I was supposed to snip the thread connecting the letters or not! Anyone know?
A few shots taken with sun and shadows......kinda fun!

I didn't measure it when it was completed, but it is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 80"x80".
That's it for this week, although I have started doing a tote from a pattern I am testing for Michelle at City House Studio.
I just might open my Colorbox of Shott cotton and gaze at it!
The pattern for 12 trees arrived today...hmmmm...
Linking up this week at Freshly Pieced with guest host Felicity!
and The Needle and Thread Network with Monika.
Have a great sewing week.

27 comments:

piecemealquilts said...

Patti, your Off the Grid is GORGEOUS! I love the binding especially, and the addition of the perle cotton quilting in the larger squares looks wonderful.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is a beautiful quilt Patti. I love the shapes and colours..you did a great job.

Kelly said...

Love this quilt, it is so striking!

Sheila said...

a great finish, so effective. I didn't realize until too late ( i had given the quilt aWAY) that the stitches can be snipped between the letters,

Pat said...

Great quilt! Love the colors and randomness of the patterns.

Shelly said...

Love the colors in the Off the Grid quilt! Awesome job!

Leanne said...

This quilt is so striking, I love how you quilted it too.

grendelskin said...

Beautiful quilt! Love your quilting.

Heather D. said...

It's beautiful! Well done. As for the little threads between the letters, on my machine the manual says that you can snip those because each letter is reinforced. Might want to check your manual.

Carla said...

FABULOUS finish!

Toni said...

So pretty! And you're right, that binding is fabulous!

heather said...

The binding really sets off the solid colors.

Juanita said...

Your quilt is beautiful! The colours are so vibrant and the black makes it look like stained glass. Binding is perfect for it. Love the sun and shadows shot of it too. I didn't know whether to snip between the letters either (since I am mostly a hand stitcher and just purchased a new machine this year).

Cindy said...

Well done!

Mary Ann said...

I love your quilt. It's absolutely gorgeous:)

Karyn said...

Those colours are great!

Janine said...

This is beautiful! I love the binding and your quilting :)

pegsplace said...

I love the modern feel of your quilt! Your binding choice is perfect and really ties it all together. I always forget labels too :)

Tiffany said...

I love this quilt!

Nita said...

Very cool modern quilt! I, too, hope to retire to quilt...in about 18 months! I'm starting to count the days, lol1

Kristy QP said...

Wow!!! What an amazing quilt! Love it - it's so striking.

Kristy QP said...

Wow!!! What an amazing quilt! Love it - it's so striking.

P. said...

That's gorgeous! I love the colors you used. I made the smaller Iron Work quilt, which is awaiting quilting at the moment.

CeLynn Peeler said...

Off the Grid,and out of this world! Especially love the photo with the sun/shadows :)

Jeanette said...

Love the colors and design of this quilt. It is so modern, and adding that little bit of hand stitching is the icing on the cake!

PrairiePeasant said...

This is gorgeous, both from afar and in the details. I like the little stitched stars in the centres of your ironwork squares.

Regina said...

Great quilt! I love the little stars that formed in the intersections.

27 comments:

piecemealquilts said...

Patti, your Off the Grid is GORGEOUS! I love the binding especially, and the addition of the perle cotton quilting in the larger squares looks wonderful.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

This is a beautiful quilt Patti. I love the shapes and colours..you did a great job.

Kelly said...

Love this quilt, it is so striking!

Sheila said...

a great finish, so effective. I didn't realize until too late ( i had given the quilt aWAY) that the stitches can be snipped between the letters,

Pat said...

Great quilt! Love the colors and randomness of the patterns.

Shelly said...

Love the colors in the Off the Grid quilt! Awesome job!

Leanne said...

This quilt is so striking, I love how you quilted it too.

grendelskin said...

Beautiful quilt! Love your quilting.

Heather D. said...

It's beautiful! Well done. As for the little threads between the letters, on my machine the manual says that you can snip those because each letter is reinforced. Might want to check your manual.

Carla said...

FABULOUS finish!

Toni said...

So pretty! And you're right, that binding is fabulous!

heather said...

The binding really sets off the solid colors.

Juanita said...

Your quilt is beautiful! The colours are so vibrant and the black makes it look like stained glass. Binding is perfect for it. Love the sun and shadows shot of it too. I didn't know whether to snip between the letters either (since I am mostly a hand stitcher and just purchased a new machine this year).

Cindy said...

Well done!

Mary Ann said...

I love your quilt. It's absolutely gorgeous:)

Karyn said...

Those colours are great!

Janine said...

This is beautiful! I love the binding and your quilting :)

pegsplace said...

I love the modern feel of your quilt! Your binding choice is perfect and really ties it all together. I always forget labels too :)

Tiffany said...

I love this quilt!

Nita said...

Very cool modern quilt! I, too, hope to retire to quilt...in about 18 months! I'm starting to count the days, lol1

Kristy QP said...

Wow!!! What an amazing quilt! Love it - it's so striking.

Kristy QP said...

Wow!!! What an amazing quilt! Love it - it's so striking.

P. said...

That's gorgeous! I love the colors you used. I made the smaller Iron Work quilt, which is awaiting quilting at the moment.

CeLynn Peeler said...

Off the Grid,and out of this world! Especially love the photo with the sun/shadows :)

Jeanette said...

Love the colors and design of this quilt. It is so modern, and adding that little bit of hand stitching is the icing on the cake!

PrairiePeasant said...

This is gorgeous, both from afar and in the details. I like the little stitched stars in the centres of your ironwork squares.

Regina said...

Great quilt! I love the little stars that formed in the intersections.