Friday, August 17, 2012

Niece's first quilt, quilting finally......

My great-niece stopped by last night to show me her first quilt.  She said she was the only one in the class that chose batiks to work with.  I was very impressed with her choices.  She was lucky to have a talented quilter for her teacher too.  I recognized her name and have heard a lot of good things about her. 
I finally made some decisions about thread and how I wanted to quilt this quilt and got about a third of it done yesterday.  I'm not a big fan of clear monofilament thread but with the number of color changes in the fabrics and the irregular width strips I decided it was the best choice.  I am following the angle of each strip so as I go from one block into the next the angle sometimes changes midstream.  This photo was taken by a window with natural light coming across the quilt.  It has some distortion from diagonal quilting and will look much better after being steam pressed from the back when I am done.

19 comments:

Jackie said...

Congrats to your niece! What a terrific first quilt! I totally agree about her choices of fabric too! Looks like she is a natural.... runs in the family, right?

Anne said...

Great quilt by your neice - looks terrific! Love your quilt too. :0)

Quiltedtime said...

It's always fun to add another quilter to the family, isn't it? Quilting is a tradition in mine.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

great to have a quilter in the family, nice first quilt.
Karen

Mary said...

Your great niece's quilt is gorgeous!

Terry said...

Your niece made a beautiful quilt, I am sure you are proud of her.

Sheila said...

Great first quilt!
Love your batik strip quilt. So many lovely batiks. Did you stitch in the ditch around the blocks first? Before following the angle of each strip like you said.

Taos Sunflower said...

That's a nice quilt she made. Do you supposed she's genetically predisposed to loving batiks, like her Great Aunt? LOL
I love your strip quilt. I've been wondering if there's any way to avoid that pulling and bit of distortion one gets when quilting straight lines through blocks. Even with a walking foot, I get it, especially at seams. Bugs the heck out of me. Glad you're back at the long arm again. Have fun.

Julie in WA said...

I think any quilt made from Batiks is predestined to be beautiful, and the one made by your niece is no exception!

Steam pressing from the back. That is a new one for me. What does that do?

Needled Mom said...

I think she has your eye for color. It is lovely.

Anonymous said...

Your niece's FIRST quilt is amazing ! Can you imagine what she will produce as she continues quilting through the years ? Hope she entered it in the Fair.

Your piece you are working on looks great, I love the texture that shows up on the screen. I see lots of quilting time in this one. And know it will look wonderful when complete.

J~MT

suemac said...

I like the layout on your string quilt.

dakotaessence said...

Your niece has a great eye for color and design! What a fabulous rail fence. I love how contemporary this looks.
~Jillian in North Dakota

hetty said...

Your great niece's first quilt looks fantastic. Wonderful fabrics! And your stip quilt is not too shabby either! It makes me want to finish the one I started.

Muddling Through said...

I think your great niece has inherited some of your color eye. Beautiful quilt. I like your strings, too, and how you're quilting it.

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
It looks like your great niece has lots of fans here! Very nice color choices and work.

Your string quilt looks nice as it's being worked on. I never thought about how to quilt when there are uneven pieces...

I'm loving this cooler weather; today was just beautiful. For you, too?
Vicky F

Annie said...

I love the scrappy string, I'm going to have a go too

Sharon said...

Wow, love your niece's batik Rail Fence! Beautiful colors and I really like that "seeing through to the background" effect she achieved. A good eye must run in the family!

I like your batik strings too! Yes, tell me about this steam pressing from the back, please. I've not heard of this!

Lynne said...

I like your great-niece's choice of fabrics. Creativity and colour selection must run in the family.

I've never used monofilament and I've heard it's tricky but it does seem to be the right choice in this case!