Thursday, June 20, 2013

Asian Quilt Finish

 There is so much to say about this quilt I'm not even sure where to start!
First off, it was my second oldest WIP sitting around.  I started it either 1999 or 2000.  I remember where we were living, but not entirely sure when I started it.

Second, visually, I am absolutely pleased with it.

However, here are a couple of glimpses of the back of the top before I set about basting it:
At the time, my ideas and designs were way ahead of my abilities.  I actually had pieced in the pheasants, dragons, yellow, black and red, deliberately leaving the squares open to add something later.  As you can see, there is no such thing as a quarter inch seam in this baby!
My first attempt at those squares was a satin stitch, which I then ended up covering with ribbon!
The shiny red with dragons is a brocade, and the orange/yellow squares are a sari fabric.  All polyester, I'm sure.  None of it washable!

I seem to recall using large amounts of fray check on the edges, as well.  Yeah, great craftsmanship going on around here!
The quilting is fairly minimal, as you might notice.  I outlined the brocade squares with a red sulky rayon.  The yellow quilting, which you can actually see is a Coats & Clark twisted rayon.  The bobbin and stitching on the ribbon was done with black Aurifil.
I've had the backing ever since I started the quilt.  Its just been waiting it's turn.  A black and gold bamboo print from Joann's.  I was working there at the time.

 I am really glad to have this done.  It can only be for hanging, as I can't wash the thing, and the black picks up lint like crazy! 

The stats:
40" x 51"
Pellon Cotton batting
Quilted on a domestic machine by me!
Sulky, Coats & Clark and Aurifil Threads

1 comment:

Mindy said...

It's beautiful!

Do you have a spot picked out for hanging it?