June 11, 2009

The Needle Chaser?

Well, I think life is finally turning more back to normal around here now. I have been spending every available moment quilting on the Red & White quilt that I was making for my Quilt Guild's Challenge that was due on the 9th. I have mentioned the quilt in previous posts, but could not even show a photo of my progress on it because it had to remain a secret until the the challenge was unveiled last Tuesday. Many long hours were put into the creation of this quilt, and while I became weary of it from time to time I am very happy with the result. The winners of the Challenge are pictured below. From left to right, third place, second place (Me!) and the first place winner. Since I did not get prior permission to list the other winners names, I will refrain from posting them, but aren't their quilts just wonderful!

It is a rainy gloomy day here and it is not easy to take a nice photo, so until that photo can be taken I will just have to share these. The block's actual name is the Wild Goose Chase. I am thinking about naming this quilt "The Needle Chaser" because I broke, bent and blunted more needles in the making of this quilt then any other quilt that I have ever made.
I used Kona Cotton fabric, and it tends to be on the heavy side, so the seam allowances were quite thick at times. Because of this the open toe foot on the sewing machine barely cleared in some areas. (I quilted this on my regular Pfaff sewing machine.) Moving the quilt around during the quilting process sometimes caused the foot to move out of place. When this happened of course the needle would break when it hit the foot. Ugh! When I was piecing the blocks I found that I had to sew through so many layers of fabric that my Pffaf couldn't handle it well. The needle would bend and then blunt. I ended up piecing the whole top on my little antique Singer Featherweight machine. It held up to the heavy layers just fine. Go figure!

I used silk thread in the white areas there the highly detailed quilting was required. It makes it easier to have dense quilting in small spaces.

Now that this little quilt is finished I can now get back to reading my favorite blogs and getting my house back into order after being neglected. Talk about the laundry that is waiting for me!



14 comments:

christine said...

How all those hours of hard work paid off ...Congratulations! The feathered wreaths are beautiful. The entire quilt is beautiful!

Sara said...

What a beautiful quilt! You quilted it on a regular machine? how big is the arm? Wow! That is wonderful!

Kathie said...

Wow your quilt is just beautiful
I am really drawn to red and white quilts right now
amazing quilting.
should have been 1st prize in mho ;)
Kathie

Carol said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! It is absolutely beautiful.

Milah said...

That quilt is absolutely beautiful! I can't believe you quilted it on a featherweight!! You need to tell my how you did that. Seriously....I have a featherweight and I've been wanting to learn how to machine quilt....I never thought I could do it on my featherweight. That is awesome!

Christine said...

Please, please, please share with me your secret to making flying geese units? I've tried a few different methods, all of which have failed miserably in the consistency category. Yours are perfect, how DID you do that?

~Bren~ said...

Your quilt is stunning. The name is perfect. I only used Kona Cotton once...it was a small wallhanging and I hand quilted it with DOUBLE crosshatching...I broke so many needles in that quilt!!! Never again!
Anyway....gorgeous quilt!!

Janet said...

I LOVE your Wild Goose Chase!! What a lot of flying geese! Red and White is such a classic and timeless color combination. Congrats on taking 2nd place!

Lea said...

OMG, It's breathtaking sight. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous and quilting is delectable.
Congratulation!!!!

Janet said...

Your quilt is a winner, truly beautiful, am I allowed to say I love it the best and the quilting is stupendous. Congratulations.

Teresa said...

Its a great quilt and your quilting is wonderful. This one should be published!

PatchworkRose said...

Just love your quilt, that quilting is wonderful:-)) Those socks are wonderful too.
Cheers
Lynne

Rose Marie said...

I love Kona cotton but it is much to heavy and dense to hand quilt and I can imagine how difficult it must have been to machine quilt it too. The name is perfect and so is your quilt! :o)

julieQ said...

I love this quilt! Congratulations on a lovely, beautiful finish!