Sunday, January 10, 2016
a new Angled finish
At last, it's finished! I designed this quilt to showcase the angled sewing skills students hone in Angled class. The quadruple medallion layout and black/white triangles were inspired by an Anthropologie quilt. From that basic idea I worked in simple triangles, diamonds, flying geese and complex angles so my students can make part of the quilt during each week of class.
I remember finishing the quilt top just in time to share it on registration day, with no time to spare for quilting. Then, between not knowing how to quilt it and not wanting to mess up the job after doing such careful work on the piecing, I let the quilt top linger for quite some time unfinished. Encoring Angled class was the impetus I needed to push towards a finish. Registration for Angled is open now, with class starting on Monday the 18th!
This winter Emily of Emerson Quilting came to my rescue! She's the only longarm quilter I've worked with, when she did fantastic work on my Sparklers queen size quilt long ago. I've had trouble imagining how Tangential should be quilted, so I asked Emily to do straight lines, preferably on diagonal.
Boy did she deliver! I could not have imagined anything this beautiful. There are simple diagonal lines cutting through the half square triangles and extending to the border, forming a grid over the flying geese portions of the quilt. She quilted extra angles around the prominent elements: the stars blocks and half star row. It's gorgeous! I was wary that custom quilting would take over, as I don't tend to like quilting that's really busy, but Emily struck a nice balance. Thank goodness some people have the talent to use quilting to enhance in this way! I wanted Tangential to have a special finish. This is everything I hoped for.
The only downer is that our dog, who's just about one year old now, got a hold of the package when it was delivered back from Emily. She loves to destroy... everything, so we are careful to keep packages out of the dog's reach. Unfortunately, it arrived when I was out of town with baby for medical reasons (yes, sadly another hospitalization). There's only one spot that has a tiny hole on the front, but on the back that spot is noticeable and deserves patching. After all this quilt has been through and I have been through lately, I can't add that to my plate. So, I'd like to gift this quilt to one of you, dear readers.
Would you have a home for this queen-sized quilt? Do you promise to love it and use it? Can you give it a little patch love on the back? And, lastly, are you able to cover the shipping to your door? I will ship it anywhere, but it does weigh a good bit so shipping internationally would be quite pricey.
If you'd like to give Tangential a home, add your comment to this post. I'll draw a random winner on Monday afternoon, EST and be in touch via email to get your address for the shipping quote.
I've just now drawn our winner. I'm trying to get in touch with the commenter Mr. Random selected. If it doesn't work out, I'll just draw again until it does work. Wish I could have sent it to each one of you!