I’m finally finished my quilt for a very dear friend. I learned a lot making this quilt; to listen to the longarm and how it feels and sounds when everything is perfect. I learned that unquilting takes days to undo what can be done in an hour. 😉 I also learned that having the perfect background for applique work is crucial. When I found this wide backing fabric from the Whispering Pines collection from Northcott Fabric at my LQS it made my decision about the background easy.
I was determined to make the Eagle using a pattern by Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiber Art since the eagle has a special place in our lives. Cheryl was wonderful to work with since I didn’t have time to wait for snail mail from America.
I didn’t quite get the eagle perfect but my oops don’t show as much unless you are a quilter. I didn’t have enough fabric to remake the section I erred on so it went in as is. I just told myself it was a design feature 😢
Once I had determined where I was placing the eagle on the background I trimmed the blue sky fabric away careful and did a turned edge applique to join him to the background.
I had a real adventure/experience quilting this one on my longarm. It’s only the second quilt I’ve done. I wasn’t familiar with the sound or feel of the machine so didn’t catch it when the thread started nesting on the back until I had finished one whole pass on the frame. The unpicking took me 3 days because I was so nervous about damaging my fabrics.
I did FMQ to outline the ridges and trees. It was so much fun to do!
I’m still learning which thread the Avante likes and which it doesn’t!
I was thrilled when I got to the end of the quilting and had to take a picture before I removed it from the frame.
Once it was squared up I machine stitched the binding to the front and got ready to enjoy some cuddle time while stitching the binding to the back by hand.
I had found the perfect flannel wide backing at my other favourite LQS so cuddling in to the softness was not a hardship at all.
I had enough of the Moda grey fabric left from another project to make my binding. I wanted a subtle neutral and it worked.
This morning I was up before the sun and finished burying my threads so I could get the quilt delivered first thing.
Finished size 86” x 104”
Fabrics used were:
- Northcott Whispering Pines wide Backing panel
- Moda Marbles
- a variety of brown scraps from my stash
- Prepackaged queen size flannel backing
Would I do this quilt again? Definitely! In fact I can think of another person I care about that would find this pattern to be a meaningful quilt. First though, I do need to get caught up on a few projects before I can consider doing this beauty again.
This quilt does qualify as a DrEAMI in my mind. When I got the news about our friend I knew I had to make him a quilt. I didn’t get it finished while he was in hospital, but it is on his bed to welcome him home today as he has now been released from hospital. 👍
Thanks for reading my post! 😊 Carol
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