“Peace for Ukraine” quilt is finished!
NOTE: I will not be writing a blog post or newsletter next week as I will be in Paducah! If you want to follow along, I’ll be posting on Facebook and Instagram.
My donation to Pokey Bolton’s Handmade for Ukraine fundraiser is a wrap! I’m pleased with the result:
As always, it was not a direct path. That border gave me fits! A few of my attempts:
Oh that design was soooo pretty! I even tried different threads. Nope, this was awful, did nothing to enhance the center; in fact, it detracted.
I noticed in my research that a lot of Ukrainian textile art seemed to have repeating linear motifs. I thought this would enhance and not be distracting, like the fluffy attempt above. Nope.
It killed me to to quilt a simple piano key border, I wanted to free motion quilt those beautiful designs I had created! The quilt spoke back clearly and that plan was not to be. The piano key is exactly what it needed.
Since this was a whole cloth quilt, thread choice was key. I went through about 15 different threads before settling with this combination. Thread geeks can see the description of each thread in the caption above.
That wool thread is divine!
It gives beautiful and unique dimension to the piece and an almost hand embroidered look. It is big, fat and fluffy, oh my!
You do have to be mindful to clean up after you use that wool though.
The back is purty too! Just for grins I wanted to highlight the main section of the design with a bit of a contrast in thread, hence the lighter colored thread in the middle section. The backing is silk also, a gorgeous even weave from Germany.
I really like the back!
Now for a few geeky details:
Once again I used my sophisticated method of transferring my design to the quilt: print it out on regular printer paper, pin to quilt, stitch through the design, remove paper. Easy peasy. For small projects this works for me.
You do need the right tools for paper removal, some of the paper can be pesky to remove. The top tweezers are drug store tweezers; what is key is the angled tip. The Heidi Proffetty tweezers on the bottom are just awesome – strong, with precision tips. Ya gotta have some of these in your tool box.
For the stitched border lines on the yellow silk I used a triple stitch. I am surprised at how few sewists are familiar with this stitch; almost all machines have it. The triple stitch gives a big, beefy statement of a line; I used it frequently and love it!
More detail shots:
It’s hard to capture the beauty of that vintage yellow silk. It has a beautiful texture to it, like you washed it and it shrunk as well as crinkled. And those little white spots add a bit of interest.
The preview for the auction will go up April 25 and the auction will be May 1 – 6. There will be more details forthcoming on the above link. If you just can’t wait and want to get a sneak peek at some of the other donations, follow Pokey’s FaceBook page.
I do have a few spots in my Free Motion Freedom! seminar May 12 – 14 at Meissner Folsom. I am very excited to be offering this locally. Bring your project(s) or let me help you find the perfect one and we can play, sew, laugh and eat together for 3 uninterrupted days! I will help you discover your own way to quilt your own quilts. It’s will be FUN and I can’t wait! There’s gonna be snotty chocolate too.
I’ll share at:
Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday
Finished or Not Friday.
Kay Sorensen says
Do you use the wool thread on the top or on the bobbin?
Top, with Aurifil or Quilter’s Select in the bobbin
Toni Pearson says
Beautiful, beautiful work as always. So inspiring. Thank you for actively posting your work.
Thank you Toni! You know I share it all, the good and bad!
Beth Gardner says
Your Peace for Ukraine is simply beautiful. Whoever wins it is one lucky person.
Thank you Beth! It’s wonderful to have a tangible way to help.
Angela Grasse says
Wow! What a beautiful piece!
Thank you Angela!
Alycia Quilts says
That is VERY pretty!!
Have fun in Paducah!!!
Thank you Alycia! I plan on having a grand time in Paducah!
Thank you Judy!
It’s an absolutely beautiful quilt.
Oh thank you Anorina!
Vicky Anda says
I love the back as well as the front and piano key as you said enhances the “ picture”, frames it.
Thank you for sharing about the threads. I am ignorant about the wool 40 wt thread. I use to hand crewel and needlepoint so if I ever do another quilt that is not to be washed a lot, it is worth considering. Also, the triple stitch on my machine! Need to explore more. Thank you! And your yard is gorgeous and hope the puppy is giving you joy, or your husband.
Jenny Lyon says
Oh go right now and find your triple stitch! You will find a million places to use it once you find it. The wool thread is actually 12 wt so it’s super beefy. Unfortunately it is delicate. Thank you for your kind comments Vicky! And yes, we both enjoy our Bayley very much!