Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Go Crazy"....Top Complete!

Busy, busy, busy!  I had this done by 4 p.m. Sunday, well ahead of my goal.  I would have kept on working at assembling the quilt, but I need to buy some backing fabric and did not have a car today....alas, RIP my '99 green Subaru Outback wagon, which bit the dust Friday...costs more to fix than it is worth....I loved that car... and #2 son needed his parents' other Subaru to get to work today.  So no backing fabric!

Anyways, getting the top done was a major push...

This detail shot shows the new look of the quilt, now that the blocks are joined and feather stitched.

Each one of those seams had to be tied off, beginning and end.

Sometimes I'd add an extra stitch or two using the tail of the thread.

Then I'd bring it to the back and knot it with the bobbin thread.  I used #12 thread in the top, #30 in the bottom, with a #90 topstitch needle.  Because all the seams had been pressed open, I had double fabric thickness for the embroidery, which worked out nicely.

Now the quilt looks like this:

The top measures 65" X 65".

It is about to be transformed again when I add the buttons, which are going to be not only decorative but functional:  they will hold the quilt together, serving the same purpose as tying it would.
I'm thinking about backing this with wool, maybe because it is so cold out right now.  But I do want to use this quilt for getting cozy on the couch.  Wool would be nice for that...and I think it fits the rather rustic theme as well. 

I want this bound and finished by Wednesday night!

16 comments :

Mayleen said...

I love the colors! Are your back grounds all wool? Beautiful plaids!

Sue said...

It really is a gorgeous quilt top, and rather inspirational, too. I have a bad attack of the wanties at the moment! Enjoy snuggling under it.

Susan Elliott said...

Well, I love all those plaids and colors...it's the perfect background for some beautiful buttons.

As for the backing, I love the idea of wool. My friend Bobbi made a wool crazy quilt because she inherited a bunch of men's wool suiting. When she shared the finished project, I was completely wooed by the wonderful weight that the wool gave the piece....and yes! very very warm. and cozy. and beautiful...

Shirlee Fassell said...

You did a fab job of matching WOW. Its 10 degrees here and the idea of backing it with wool sounds so cozy!!

Rian said...

Love that up-close and personal shot of the stitching. You'll have fun snuggling up under that this winter.

Debra Spincic said...

So all this round of feather stitching was done by machine? Nice. Now I understand how you could get it done in a short time.

Can you get a nice wool from the Pendleton factory?

Gerry Krueger said...

This quilt has a strong graphic impact... It would be great on a wall in a VERY large space... WOW... Ger

Pink Bunny said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Unknown said...

wow, I am LOVING that quilt!! I tried doing some historical research on it. Do you know the name of the pattern, or have any info about the original quilt that inspired yours?

Thanks for sharing!

Conni said...

Just beautiful! I love the old-fashioned look of this! You are one prolific quilt artist!

Judy S. said...

Nice work, Allie. You did the feather stitching on your machine, right? It looks like you used a heavier weight thread? It looks great! Such a bright and cheery quilt for our dark, cold and gloomy weather! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Poppy said...

What a beautiful quilt :) Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year x

Barbara C said...

This is just gorgeous Allie. I love it all: the plaid, the hand stitching, and the prospect of buttons.

Drop by my blog to see pictures of your finished quilt. It's been real joy to make this one.

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