Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving is Here

P4211088 (2)

This quilt was made in 1997 and is the November quilt that hangs in my entry way.  I found the pattern for the Cornucopia and executed it with Machine Satin Stitch.  I was excited to be able to use a marbled fabric in the corn husk.  This had been dyed in a guild workshop.

The border blocks were an appliqued version of the “Turkey Tracks” block and the pieced turkeys came from some block pattern that I found and translated it into squares and half-square triangles.

After finishing the top, I realized that the back fabric was simply too white and garish and did not look good in the quilt.  I debated for some time about whether or not to Tea Dye it, but wasn’t really happy about dipping the entire top into a vat of strong, boiling tea.  My friend, Sandy, came to the rescue when she suggested that I do the stipple quilting using a light tan thread and let the thread take the edge off of the white.  Up until now, I had only machine quilted with monofilament thread. 

I was really pleased with the final result!!

2 comments:

maggi said...

Lovely piece and a good idea to use the coloured thread. I often use that technique to change or shade the colour of a background.

Anita said...

I was waiting for your Thanksgiving quilt...it's lovely! Are the "X's" appliqued? I've never seen this block design before.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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