Thursday, March 26, 2009

Batik Virginia Bound progress report FEATHERS????

OH! My aching shoulders! This is only 1/3 of the quilt as I did decide to quilt it in sections and then join the sections. The finished size will be 144X120. I am using Quilters' Dream Wool batting. Oh my goodness do I ever love the feel of this batting. I want to buy a whole roll of the stuff. It is yummy to work with. I really like cutting batting from rolls. There are no wrinkles in it at all that way. I have to let the batting relax from the bag. I used two super queen size batts to have enough for this quilt. I will have a nice chunk left from each to use in something else.

Besides the obvious size of this quilt, I have to cope with kitty approval of the quilt. I step away to stretch and the kitties pounce on it. It is more than just seeing what I am doing. They also love the wool batting. It immediately radiates their body heat. When I first tried this batting I made them a small kitty mat. They all love it. And I have washed it many times and it holds up just fine.
So far just some straight line quilting to stabilize the piecework. In the batik part of the quilt I am using a nice chocolate brown 40 weight thread by Signature called Mother Goose. In the light sections I am using a King Tut varigated tans #996. I am using a 50 weight thread in the bobbin as I want this quilt to last a long time. I usually use Bottom Line in the bobbin. But decided I wanted a heavier thread instead. I am using a size 16 needle to make a good stitch through the tightly woven batiks. There is a lot of bulk where the seams meet. Even though I pressed those areas open there is a bump to deal with. I have been hand cranking the machine through those heavier areas.
I want to try feathers. I want to try feathers. I want to try feathers. Maybe if I say it enough I will get the courage to try some Sally Terry feathers. I bought her book and she makes it seem so easy. But this quilt is so very big!
So, what say you fellow quilters????? feathers?????????


10 comments:

GARI said...

Wow, that's a lot of quilting on a DSM. I admire your accepting this challenge and the quilt looks beautiful.

Moorea said...

Sue- this is such a beautiful quilt. You should definitely try the feathers! If you try out a small section, and do not like it, you can just move on ans do the regular quilting, but you are such an excellent quilter- you should go for it! I say GO FOR IT! you know you want to!

Elaine Adair said...

You can DO it! Her feathers are so easy to make, and they look so dimensional! Quilting this project in sections was a brilliant idea and it's beautiful!

One Reader said...

O! It's so beatiful. You do wonderful work. Feathers / no feathers, it is yours and should be just what you want.

Sallie said...

I did the Sally Terry feathers on my VB--in 2 pieces and made smaller and I love it and they were EASY!! Go for it!

Sallie in VA

Julia said...

I want to try feathers too!!
Are you really quilting that on a domestic machine...
I'm going to have to look up Sally Terry ..thank you Julia ♥

Trisha said...

How beautiful! Some day....when I'm not sewing so much to make money...I can go back to more quilting. And I need new glasses, because I can't see to thread the needles.

Kucki68 said...

While I adore feathers, I am not quite sure how you would put them in with this pattern.

Karen said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

Pat H. said...

Oh my gosh! that's one huge quilt. It's also very pretty.