Sunday, 26 October 2014

Drum Roll, Please...

My River Project is finished and ready to hang in my guild's upcoming show!!! (whoop, whoop!)

After loading the quilt on the frame, I "ditched" along each seam in the background. I then, very carefully, secured the applique. I didn't want to secure my fingers by mistake!

Stitching applique on the longarm was a first for me (try, learn, grow...right?). It seemed like it would be faster than on my domestic machine, and I needed to get this done quickly. It worked! I was done in no time.

I used light, medium, and dark threads to match the value of each fabric.

Filling each section of the quilt with texture helped the applique pop out.

Here is a closeup of the river, the far shore and tree line, and the sky beyond the trees.

And, here's a shot just because!

I had painted the sky fabric last summer, and added a bit of colour to the river fabric after piecing the background in September. I'm happy with both.

Here it is before quilting (indoor lighting makes the stones look quite yellow):

 And here is the finished piece (in natural light):
It really is square, but my photo angle is weird here.
I was trying to capture the texture and forgot to pay attention to how I lined up. Oops!

We (guild members) decided that binding would block the flow of the river from piece to piece. Facing to the rescue! 

One of my favourite tutorials is for a double fold facing. It is easy and gives a great finish to a quilt.
I'm so excited...I can hardly wait to see our pieces hanging together in the show!!!

It also makes me very happy to have met my October goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. 
(I set my goal in this post.)


Linking up with:
A Lovely Year of Finishes, at Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts
Show off Saturday, at Sew Can She 
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Whoop Whoop Friday, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Try, Learn, Grow!
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  1. Yay! Congratulations on making your deadline and for such a beautiful quilt. I really love how this finished out - the quilting is awesome, and I love how the applique pops!

  2. Congrats! It looks great. You should enter it into Blogger's quilt festival for others to see. There is appliqué category as well. Go for it!

  3. I have been following your journey from your initial design post through today's post showing your amazing quilting! Just stunning! Your work on this piece is amazing! And I agree that no binding is the best choice for this quilt. Lots of good techniques on this quilt. Congratulations on a beautiful piece.

  4. Stunning-I hope you can show it hanging with the others at the show.

  5. I was thinking about you stitching that applique down with your longarm - glad it worked out! I will have to give it a try sometime. I do like your blue stitching very well! Have fun at the show.

  6. All I can say is, "wow!" But my favorite part is your quilting in the sky.

  7. That is beautiful and your quilting is wonderful!

  8. Carole, this is absolutely breathtaking! You must have very good control to be able to stitch appliques on your long arm! The quilting is gorgeous and so perfect for the river rocks!

  9. Wow, your quilting really brings it to life!


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