Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Finishing up....

My flying geese quilt project had been long standing UFO in my book. Decided to buckle up and tackle it last weekend. It was a marathon session. This project had previously come to a halt as I did not have enough fabric for the backing. Managed to source a few more bits of fabric, details of which I will leave for another day!!! Finally pieced together a backing improv style inspired by Elizabeth Hartman's online course on Creative Quilt Backs

Pinned it to death,

And began quilting very early on Saturday morning.

To emphasize the shape of the flying geese blocks decided to quilt it using the 'stitch in the ditch' method. This requires a very steady straight stitch. I find the quilting process very therapeutic. Once you get comfortable with the process, you have loads of time to ponder over things. For me the quilting starts off a bit shaky but by the half way mark I get into a rhythm and the excitement of nearing the end takes over. It's almost a sprint to the finish. You can tell the difference between the quilting at the start and end of the project. The end is almost flawless. I guess you get loads of practice along the way.

Throughout the weekend I was spurred on by some lovely visitors fluttering outside my sewing room window.

Just finished sewing on the binding, but it's too dark to take good pictures. It's one of my favorite quilts and want to take some decent pictures for the final reveal. :)
More about this quilt here, here, here, here & here. Phew! It's been long.

Linking up to:
                                    WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Love the plaids in your quilt, it's very calming. Beautiful.

  2. I think that pieced backs add a homey feel to a quilt, and with your quilt being done in plaids it already has that snuggle up feel. Looking forward to seeing it quilted!

  3. Love your comments about quilting - I also find it theraputic. I also agree about the practice you get! I feel the same way about the Little Apples quilt I just finished (taking pics tomorrow). Great job!!

  4. Great quilt. Your butterfly photo is gorgeous. On my wedding day a butterfly similar to the one in your photo landed on my wedding dress and just sat there for about 3 minutes while I was having photos taken. It was a really special moment. I take it to mean good luck.


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