Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Regular Programming Resumes

It's back to client quilts for me.  I am out of MQX posts, unless you want to hear about my awesome classes.  I may hold onto that post for when I have nothing whatsoever interesting to say.

I will be getting back to quilting my client's quilts starting tomorrow.  Or maybe I will take one day to clean my studio first, as it is about to implode from threads.  I took my quilt off the frame, thinking it was mostly finished.  Of course, I have noticed one 1" line of stitching not done.  It always works that way.  Maybe I will just try to fix it on the domestic.  Anywho...here are a few pictures of the back of the quilt I just nearly finished.  The pictures don't do it justice.  The backing is a soft butter-yellow, and shows off the quilting really well.
 This is the center.  I was not really satisfied with what I did on the center star.  I quilted something densely, then picked it out, then hated what it did to the fabric (lotsa little prick holes).  I suspect they'll go away when it gets wet, but I just couldn't come up with something to stitch that I liked.
The wildness of the outer border is very evident with the quilting finished.  It was a complete pain in the backside because of all the stop and starts.  I guess I knew that going into it, so I shouldn't be whining.  I have a few things to do still...fix the missing stitches, block the beast, bind it, do a little hand painting in gold, and add a couple thousand crystals.  It's all doable before mid-July.  I think.  This is closer than I generally cut it in terms of time, because I am notoriously slow, especially when those kiddies are out of school in (as my daughter tells me daily) about 35 days.
If you want to see the finished pictures of this quilt, you'll have to come back in late July or visit the Maine Quilt Show.  I am hoping to also enter this at the Lowell Quilt Festival.  I had to get it off the longarm in order to take a picture to send them though!

5 comments:

Desley said...

WOW!!! The back looks gorgeous! I hope it does well at the show for you.

Brecca Baroo said...

Wow. I love looking at all the amazing quilting you do, it inspires me to put more detail into my own work. I know this is the back of one of the quilts you have been working on, but I think it could stand alone as a Whole Cloth.

Cathy said...

Margaret, your work is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing all your pics. I don't do near as intricate of work as you do, but I still love to look (and drool) over the work you do to get ideas to design my quilting. And I was looking at your recent and past work this weekend - looking for ideas and realized how much more intricate your work has become in just the last year! Wow! Every inch filled with stitches. Amazing.

Rhonda said...

The quilting is stunning, beautiful and awesome. I love it!!! Your work is outstanding.... I could use more adjectives if you like!!

Raylene Smith said...

Well, if this one doesn't come home dripping with ribbons, especially of the "First" kind, I will eat my hat...no doubt about you....you are one very clever and talented girl...It looks amazing..beautiful, stunning...