Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Rainy Spring"...Working in Sections

The blocks are now sewn into nine sections.  When I want to add a seam treatment, I just take one section down from the design wall to work on it.

This has been working out really well.

From the back, a section looks like this. 
Each block has been interfaced, trimmed, and the edges zigzagged so this is all very stable for working.  Notice the seams are all pressed open.  Less bulk this way.






I've been having fun with it!  Lots of sequins....This is the upper left section.  I finished the edges of the fans pretty simply, the same in all four corners of the quilt.

A close up of one of the seams...


I've been combining machine and hand embroidery, and am writing about that for CQMagOnline's next issue.

Here is the overall view as of today...

You can see the sections.  I get a feel for the quilt overall as I work, but only have to deal with 4, 6, or 9 blocks at a time.  It's a good system.

I went to the bead store yesterday and got a bunch of crystal beads....I keep thinking about raindrops....

11 comments :

bubbygigi said...

Alli, I love the colors that you're using and can't wait to see the quilt as you do more stitching on it.
Gita

Suztats said...

oh, crystal raindrops falling from your clouds? That would be wonderful with what you've already done so far. I'm watching, and hopefully learning.

Plays with Needles said...

What fun! Makes me want to take a piece off the wall and sit down and play!

Another question, do you not piece onto any foundation? You just interface after you piece? Or do you interface over some type of muslin backing that you've pieced onto?

I think you could name this piece...

Wainy Washougal

Singing in the Rain

Rain Rain...it's here to stay...now our Allie has time to play...

Rainy days and steamy nights...

Oh sorry. That was a bit presumptuous on my part... *blush

Kate said...

I love your use of color and movement and shimmer. I can't wait to see this progress.

Rian said...

Oh yeah babe, bring on the sequins and crystals and beads! It's so much fun to watch this evolve...

Marty52 said...

Great way to work on a big piece Allie... love it.

underatopazsky said...

Watching this move along and come to life is wonderful. Crystal raindrops sound delightful.

Barbara C said...

This is a gorgeous composition Allie. The central circle is brilliant. I like your strategy of working on the quilt in sections, and I'm looking forward to your insights on combining hand and machine embroidery.

Elizabeth said...

This si so fabulous!! thank you so much for sharing the entire process!!! Have you seen the little ab fringe beads? They are shaped like little droplets. They are some of my favorites!!! I find the best prices for them at Fire Mountain Gems!! Happy Fourth Dear Allie!!!

ARLENE said...

Your blog and your book have been the single most important part of my CQ education. I hope you won't mind if I pose a question here. I recently entered my first CQ in a quilt show (I know, I have guts!). I used your directions to put on a false back, then a fancy back, using buttons to stabilize it (this method got high marks from the judge). I decided to use a wide satin ribbon for the binding and here I got into trouble. I can own the less-than-stellar marks for my corners and for the not-so-perfectly straightness of the binding, but felt the comment about the "batting not being full enough" unfair, given there was no batting. My question is really this: do you feel CQ's are given a fair shake when judged?

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