Ziggy / Bowie – another sneaky finish

I’m not sure I like this quilt still but it has been improved since the top finish. I think the face looks wonky? I took off some excess in the end and pieced a back with a rainbow effect. Cindy suggested if I didn’t like it maybe I should add some colour to define the lightning bolt a bit more, so I used some tulle so the patterns underneath would still just about show through. I think does improve it. Ah well, it’s finished, and I like the back so I may use this quilt upside down.

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The quilting is a Leah Day design called Matrix and is black Aurifil (mostly) and bottom line thread. This was the project I was struggling over, but after I snip some of the loose threads all should now be OK for the Festival of Quilts. Not sure the clientele will “get” this though!

The back…


Size – 72″ x 80″
Number of blocks – 36x  12″ (plus a couple of extra rows)
Time to piece – 10 hours including applique
Time to quilt – 4 hours
Fabric –  Scraps, Kona black and tulle from eBay
Backing Fabric – Ikea print plus misc scraps
Binding Fabric – Same Ikea print, using facings technique.
Threads – Aurifil for piecing (white) plus black for quilting with ecru The Bottom Line in the bobbin
Batting – 80/20 Soft and Elegant.
Quilting- Matrix

And of course there was a spectator…

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Sneaking in with a last minute finish along entry from the Q2 list in bonus week!

Finish Along 2014



  1. Posted July 5, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I think it wonderful. It seems to me that capturing faces is going to always be hard but I think this is great and I am glad you are putting it in a show.

  2. Posted July 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s straight, but possibly because there’s more fabric on one side than the other it feels lopsided?

  3. Posted July 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Great finish – congrats :)

  4. Sarah
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Yay! I see Hank!

  5. Posted July 12, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    This is really interesting, it must be really difficult to get the face right, especially if such an iconic person. I think that the tulle is a neat touch too. Good luck with the show.

  6. Carrie
    Posted August 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I saw your Bowie quilt at the festival of quilts today and I thought it was amazing!!

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