Sunday, January 17, 2010

BQL Challenge - Final Offerings

 

I wanted to post the last two quilts that I made for the British Quilt List calendar challenge……

The first of these was actually for the month of October, but I didn’t get it finished by the end of the month. 

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It was a fun (and fast) quilt and I really like the look of the 3-D pinwheels.  I decided to play with the quilting and tried using a double needle with a blue thread on one side and a green on the other.  The first problem arose when I was doing straight lines and wanted to turn a corner…..you cant keep the needle in the piece and make the turn!!!  

I really like the way that the loops look with the two needles, but the back doesn’t work well since the threads sit on the top of the back and dont lock inside the batting….but I liked the look of the stitch to use it again on my guild challenge piece (previous post).  But, that time I didn’t use a dual needle, but instead just quilted the loops in two passes.

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The final quilt was for December and it was an easy fusible mosaic design.  I decided to use colors other than the traditional red and greens and was pleased with the blues, greens, golds and purples.

It was a wonderful and fun year of making monthly calendar quilts and I am truly thankful to Kandy Newton and her cohorts from the BQL for making the challenge possible. 

It was very rewarding to finish the last quilt and post photos just before midnight on the 31st of December!!!!  And, it was exciting to hang the January quilt in my studio.

2 comments:

maggi said...

Your two quilts are lovely. Twin needling stitching is fun but it does have its disadvantages which you have obviously discovered.

Jean said...

I like the double needle stitching. It looks great, especially the swirls.

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