Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Quilt Stitches : :

My one BIG sewing goal for this Summer was to finish, finally, this quilt. My longest project in the making, my very first attempt at quilting, hand-quilting, yo-yo flowers, voile, and the beginnings of my sketch stitch artwork. phew. This quilt is so, very special to me, so taking my time and enjoying the process felt really important for this one!

Yesterday I sat down at my machine feeling ready to add those final quilt stitches, although I was a bit unsure of where to begin. With so many different techniques being used in this quilt, with an already happy result, I knew I wanted the quilting to be subtle, but not simple. I browsed through the stitches that my Janome offers, and I started to feel a little brave. Since the makings of this quilt has been one very long experiment from the beginning, finishing it up by trying some new quilting stitches just felt right. I used several different colors of Aurifil, some variegated, but kept my bobbin thread a color that would blend into my quilt backing fabric nicely. This morning, although it's overcast here today, I took some photos to share a close up look at some of those quilting stitches, along with some hand-quilting I added with a neutral colored floss!

Quilt Stitches

Quilt Stitches

Quilt Stitches

Quilt Stitches

Quilt Stitches

Quilt Stitches

Quilt Stitches

What do you think?! It's impossible for me not to second guess what I've done just a little, since I've really tortured myself with this quilt from the very beginning! I am curious to know how many of you have tried out quilting with both colored thread and decorative quilt stitches? Typically I do prefer pretty dense, straight-line quilting just as I did on my last quilt, but branching out was so much fun and in the end always pays off!  Have you given these a try yet?

Now, all that's left is for me to make and add the binding, along with a new photo shoot -- I'm so excited!! 

Until then!   Maureen

65 comments:

  1. Very very pretty. I also have a Janome and I have used some of my decorative stitches on mini quilts. Honestly the thought has not even crossed my mind for a bigger quilt.. DUH...Beautiful... as always!

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  2. I can't wait to see this quilt finished!

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  3. Hi Maureen, I think this is super awesome. You can tell it is a work of love and art.

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  4. A fabulous job, Maureen. I love using variegated thread, especially when the quilt has many different colours and patterns.

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    1. Having a colorful quilt to work on really makes it fun, doesn't it?! I also love the variety of color the thread adds along the white borders of this quilt!

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  5. I think it's always a great idea to add color, texture, and play with those machine stitches. I've been taking a Craftsy class called Stupendous Stitching and she encourages creating a sewing stitch bible, or reference, for all of your machine stitches. I have found that just the stitches alone give me great ideas for new quilts!

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    1. Wow, I love that idea so much!! I'll be doing that soon! Thanks so much for sharing that Tammy!

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    2. I second that ... what a great idea! You could combine the stitching bible within a cute little needle book.

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    3. That's exactly what I was thinking! I'm definitely going to do this!!

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  6. I absolutely love it! I hope you show the entire quilt at some point because it seems amazing!

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    1. Oh, I definitely will share it just as soon as it's finished and I get my pictures!

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  7. it's beautiful. I can't wait to see a full photo of the finished quilt!

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  8. I think it's an amazing and perfect finish for this quilt! I loved the sneak peek on IG and I love the detail shots here :)

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  9. Of all the blogs I follow, I find yours to be the most inspiring. You don't create quilts, you create art. You don't have a 'get it done' mentality, you have a create this piece of art mentality. I find that calming - if I am going to put so much time and effort into something, I sure don't wanting people wondering if I bought it at JC Penney! I want my work to stand out. I love the attention to detail - like the hand sewn rain. The little things. Big impacts.

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    1. What a sweet compliment, thank you so much! I have so many projects that I do feel a pressure to finish, it's important to balance that out with slow works, that allow time for extra special details. Thanks again!!

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  10. I love all the detail that you've put into this quilt Maureen! Can we see the entire quilt? I think you've done a lovely quilt!

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    1. Thank you, Elsa! I will definitely be sharing this quilt finish, just as soon as I add the binding and take photos. These busy Summer days make it hard for me to work until things are done, as it should be while the kids are still home! :) Thanks again!

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  11. Totally inspiring. It's making me rethink the thread color for my current quilting project. Thank you!

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  12. Maureen, You could have also go down the lateral side of the brown x's to highlight the x's. I did something like that on my sewing machine cover recently. I did a double sewing stitch over a lateral design on my pocket and it made it pop real feature. julie714@adam.com.au happy to show you if you want to contact me!

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    1. I'd love to see!! Feel free to share a link right here!

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  13. I tend to be a stitch in the ditch girl. I'm trying to get out of that rut! I've tried variegated thread on a couple of my quilts and am really pleased with it. I love the different stitches - may have to steal that idea. I can't wait to see the completed quilt.

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  14. I think this quilt is amazing, you are so talented. I long to be able to mix colors and prints confidently. I am leaning towards more complicated quilting rather than cranking out simple quilts! Thanks for all your inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Sharon! I found out right away that I wasn't going to make many quilts, following other's quilt patterns. There's just something about my personality that doesn't do good with following directions. Haha I'm not so much set on making things more complex, as I am on making sure that the things I do make are a reflection of myself in someway. It makes the time it takes to make a quilt, or anything, so special and worth it. The response and encouragement I get from people like you really drives me to keep trying new things -- thank you so much for that!!

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  15. Can't wait to see the whole thing. Lovely work, well done.

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  16. Great piece of work. I think it adds so much more character to it. And really makes one appreciate all the craftmanship that went into it.

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  17. Maureen you should be proud, your quilt is beautiful. I'm loving all of the special stitches you used, hand as well as machine. I love the bright colors of the thread. While I'm a bit new to this quilting gig I keep thinking "why don't I use a different color thread"?? Guess I'll have to give it a try after seeing what you created. So pretty. :o)

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  18. I love you're stitch choices! I personally love eclectic quilting but have a boring machine so haven't been able to try! I'm typically too lazy to switch up my thread while quilting so I do like variegated :)

    Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  19. Oh, it's just beautiful! So many interesting things to look at. What a treasure of a quilt it will be. I imagine someone finding it 100 years from now and dreaming over its creation. Very inspired and inspiring! Thanks for sharing you talent with all of us.

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  20. Gorgeous! You've inspired me to play with more stitches.

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  21. Wow! I love it. It will be an amazing quilt, I can't wait to see more pictures!

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  22. Love your quilting - especially the addition of the hand stitching! Can't wait to see the results of your next photo shoot...

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  23. Maureen, I love your creative quilting! x Teje

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  24. Oh it's beautiful, love the different stitches :o)

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  25. I like it!! It is unique and you have given everyone new ideas...good for you!!!

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  26. Very lovely. I quilted a childs blanket with a thick thread to accent the colors and stitches. That kind of stitching always comes out nice.

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  27. Amazing quilt, Maureen. I love all of the stitching. You are alway so inspiring to all of us. So glad that you take the time to post your work and share your ideas. XXXXXXXXX Sondra

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    1. Thank you, Sondra, you know that means so much to me!! I'm feeling ready this week for Fall and to be back to my blogging Monday thru Friday schedule. Although we're having such a wonderful and fun Summer, I do miss having more time to sew and blog!

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  28. This looks soo great! I can't wait to see the whole thing :). You truly inspire me!

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  29. I'm ridiculously excited to see the big reveal, Maureen! I just love this quilt!

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  30. Those decorative stitches look awesome! Looks great!

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  31. Ooooh you are such a tease! Can't wait to see the reveal!! It looks amazing.

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  32. Super pretty, that was a first try?!? WOW I'm impressed.

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    1. Well, a first try beginning like 2 years ago. This project was shelved so many times, as I realized at many different points that I was a bit over my head. In the end, it came together just as it should, and I learned so much both about sewing and about my own personal style during the process!

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  33. I love it, can't wait to see the whole thing. It looks rich, textured and I think it will stand the test of time very well! :-) (gotta get my hands on some aurifil, that's two projects I've seen in two days that I've seen using it that have stopped me in my tracks!)
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    1. Thank you! Honestly, I don't think I'll ever use anything other Aurifil. My Janome love it, especially the 50wt!

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  34. The quilting really makes this more Special as it already is!

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  35. I love the variety of stitches.

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  36. It's lovely. Can't wait to see a shot of the whole quilt.

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  37. It's absolutely gorgeous...your eye and gut are always spot on..and your hand quilting stitches amaze me. It's not hard to tell that you are a perfectionist and your detail work shows it. I wish we sold Aur

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  38. Ifils at Hancock where I work...silly ipad when I stop typing I cannot finish my comments have a great day

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    1. First, thank you so much!! Yes, I am definitely a perfectionist when it comes to the things I create. I always have been! :)

      I've never shopped at a Hancock, but I will tell you that because I live in such a remote area (the closest Joann is almost an hour away) I've gotten very used to buying almost all of the supplies I need for my sewing online. It's so convenient and I can always find what I need at a great price! Thanks again!!

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  39. It's AMAZING!! You are an artist!!! I love the fabric and thread color combination in this quilt. Thank you for sharing your talents, it is very inspiring!!

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    1. Thank you Christina, that means so much to me!!

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  40. I've been on vacation and just got caught up on your posts. I love the You and Me quilt and the sentiment behind it!

    I think the different stitches and techniques you've used on this quilt just adds so much charm and character. I truly can't wait to see the final finished quilt. I know it will be stunning!

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  41. This is such a beautiful quilt - amazing work :)

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  42. I think your quilting looks perfect. I love all the different stitches and thread colors that you used. Trying something new on this one definitely paid off well.

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  43. I would do it more if I had time.. but I prefer it not to be all over vs a sq, it looks lovely

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  44. I love this style. I do a combination of hand stitches and machine quilting myself, but ostly on smaller projects. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  45. Love it - looks so pretty & adds extra interest.

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