Enter, the Frozen quilt.
|Frozen quilt, BEFORE quilting|
My hands are sore from all the ruler work, and I may not *ever* want to stitch another snowflake.
I didn't count until I was done, but I now know there are 102 blocks in this quilt!
|Snowflake (my own invention)|
|Snowflake (also my own invention)|
A jagged stipple (with mini-snowflakes) filled the blocks that wrap around the quilt corners.
After I started stitching I wished I'd gone with a funky, snowflake-ish feather instead. No time to rip, so I left it and carried on. (Not that I mind the stipple; I just think a feathery thing would have been prettier.)
The panel was the last thing I tackled. I had ditched and basted quite thoroughly, so figured it would be fine.
Because of the tight deadline, of course I stitched a small pleat in the backing behind Elsa.
Perfect. Juuuust perfect.
|Crappity crap crap!|
Well. It is now part of the quilt's character. It is small enough, and time is so short, that I decided not to worry about it too much. Alice agrees. (But the perfectionist in me is not happy...)
The flannel backing, though cute and cozy, was a royal pain in the caboose all the way through.
Much of my time was spent hanging upside down so I could check for pleats. My seam ripper came out a few times when I was ditching the blocks. Fixing even a small pleat takes more ripping than one would imagine.
But I digress.
Where was I?
Oh, yeah. The panel!
I'd decided to keep the quilting simple, leaving the faces untouched.
(It is extremely difficult for me to restrain myself, so this was a challenge!)
The hair is quilted, and the faces and clothing are outlined. There are a few contour lines in the clothing, and the trees and sky have texture.
There is a castle in the background. It is printed with no defined outlines, which makes it particularly difficult to quilt. Trying to outline it would obliterate it.
|The creases from the quilt being rolled onto the frame are not permanent!|
I decided to quilt the outline of the mountain behind it, and added a few snowflakes around the castle (most at the base, and a few in the sky) to secure the layers. I would have preferred more quilting, but there was no time to dream up something better.
Of course, now that it's off the frame I have more ideas. Helpful, right?
I also decided to imply distant trees in the purple-ish area, and use the jagged snowflake stipple between the tree line and the castle.
|Frozen quilt, AFTER quilting|
Draped over my kitchen table for a quick photo before it went out the door!
This was another labour intensive quilt-on-a-deadline. Crazy, right???
I kept trying to come up with fast designs, but even so . . . 102 blocks to fill! (and to ditch around).
Alice did a great job with her fabric and design choices, plus Frozen is hot right now (ha!), so hopefully this will raise a good chunk of change for the shelter. I can't wait to see it bound and hung at the event!
|Frozen is Fresh off the Frame!|
I finish everything in the dark in winter, but even with poor lighting you can tell how pretty this is!
How would you manage the castle?
I have another Frozen quilt coming up, and would love to be inspired by your suggestions!
Linking up With:Main Crush Monday, at Cooking up Quilts
Monday Making, at Love Laugh Quilt
Fabric Tuesday, at Quilt Story
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday, at My Quilt Infatuation
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