A finish, but not without a fight

Wallander is done done done! I’ve just scraped it in during the Finish A Long bonus week too.

At the start of April this is how much I had (about 10 blocks)…

So that’s pretty good right? It wasn’t without a fight though. When I got it out of the washer this morning and was clipping the threads whilst it was drying, I noticed something bad. The soluble thread bobbin had got mixed up with my Bottom Line (same colour, same thickness) and as a result six feathers were on the front but not on the back! I pulled the thread of and re-quilted them. I’m just hoping that’s all that has been affected.

Binding was a lot better using this method of facing the edges, rather than bagging it out for invisible sides like I did with Mr Fry. No shifting and a bit of hand sewing for in front of the TV too. Happy stuff. Will definitely be using this, probably all the time now, I think a lot of my quilt designs in my notes benefit from not having borders and visible bindings. Binding is not my favourite thing and the corners were a bit tricky, but then I find standard mitring of the corners difficult anyway 😉

Size – 50″ x 80″
Number of blocks – 94 paper pieced 5″ x 8″ units plus a couple of reverse appliqué circles for interest.
Time to piece – 22 hours approx
Time to quilt – 12 hours approx (home machine)
Fabric – Kona Solids (Peridot, Sienna, White and Juniper), Bella Solid Pistachio, Amy Butler Solids Copper and Riley Blake Avignon Houndstooth in Orange.
Backing Fabric – A couple of different Ikea prints from a year or so ago, but still available now. Thicker ones- not fun to work with but good for picnic blanket bottoms!
Binding Fabric – Some more of the of £5 vintage bedsheet that I used to back Rain Deer Limbo.
Threads – Piecing and green feathers: Aurifil Cotton 40, detail quilting: Superior Threads Kimono Silk in Ramen, Bobbin: Superior Threads Bottom Line in Champagne. And not forgetting the soluble thread I used for basting, evil stuff.
Batting – Cheap polyester stuff- got a big piece from LQS for less than a tenner.
Quilting- First attempt at feathers for inside the diamond shapes, simple back and forth lines horizontally and vertically alternating for spaces in-between.

Just got to get a sleeve on this thing now and post it for the Festival of Quilts, unless I decide to take it to the Retreat first? 

she can quilt


  1. Posted July 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    It looks fab Kerry, well done, that’s a lot of work in a short time! :O)

  2. Mary Ann
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Hello from USA. I really like this quilt and the colors you chose. Great job with the quilting.

  3. Posted July 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    This became so beautiful quilt, Kerry! Wonderful pattern and lovely colours! Just like in your garden! Oups what happened with the thread – I guess I’m lucky not to have many different threads in my stash. Have a great weekend! x Teje

  4. Posted July 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    It is fantastic! The quilting is amazing!

  5. Posted July 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    It’s wonderful, good for you to get it all done, despite the dissolving thread. If you can manage to bring it to the retreat and still get it to the festival I would love to see it in person. And Elizabeth will be so happy to know that her binding tutorial was helpful and timely.

  6. Posted July 7, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    I just love this quilt – I definitely need to see this in real life!

  7. Posted July 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    This is looking fab! Congrats on getting it finished just in time 🙂

  8. Posted July 8, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Hmm, would never have thought to use soluble thread on anything. Bet you won’t again for a while either 😉 Looks great though

  9. Posted July 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    well done, it looks fabulous! I take it you’re bringing it to the next Quilt Guild meeting so we can admire in person? (and so Ange can steal it)

  10. Leah Day
    Posted July 30, 2013 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    This is much more fabulous than my FOQ entry! Well done

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