Blue and Green Stripes Quilt

It's 5 days to Christmas, and we got a little magic this morning here in Seattle :). IMG_3329

Yes, that's snow! I know everyone living basically anywhere else is rolling their eyes at us right now, but we never get snow that sticks around here, so when we do, the whole city freaks out. Our puppy Zoey was very confused by all this white stuff but decided it was an occasion to run around all crazy (although basically every occasion is that for Zoey).

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Okay, enough of our teeny snow storm; pretty sure it's already melting anyway! So, after a couple of days of fighting with my machine, I've finally finished my latest quilt:

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I was asked to make this one for a woman who was having surgery, and I put a lot of thought into this one (not that I don't put in a lot of thought to my other ones, but this one was special). I've spent a lot of time in hospitals and surgery centers, so I while I was picking out fabric, I thought about what would have worked for me during those times. Blue is a calming color, and when I saw the jelly roll of these prints, they seemed feminine but not girlie to me. I pieced the strips and then cut them into triangles, which I've paired with plain white. I also made it slightly longer and skinnier than a regular lap quilt, as sometimes regular sized blankets hang over the sides of beds and get in the way when someone has to come do things at the side of the bed.

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I tried piecing the squares of all prints, but it was incredibly busy looking, so I think the white goes nicely. For the quilting part, I free motioned white in the blue triangles and blue in the white triangles. Now, this is where the trouble came in. I tried to use plain white cotton thread for the white free motioning, and it seems that since I tried the nice stuff, my machine (and me) will accept no substitutions. After two days of fighting for every inch of quilting and dealing with serious breaking issues, I replaced the thread with Aurifil. This went much better; I think I'll save the cotton for piecing and use the smoother thread when I need to free motion.

The blue thread is a silk finish from Mettler, and I was even happier using that while quilting. The silk finish makes it really smooth while free motioning; I finished all six white triangles in probably a quarter of the time it took me for the blue ones. It's hard to see, but the thread has this amazing, gorgeous luster:

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I'm really happy with the loops and curlicues, and it didn't loose any of it's finish after it was washed. So far I've been incredibly happy when using Mettler thread, so I will definitely be using it again. For the back I used some spare polka dot cotton that had some teal dots that matched, and I embroidered her name.

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I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, despite the rough start, and it should arrive just in time for Christmas :).

I also decided, since I was already sitting at my machine, to make a little bandana for the doggy out of some extra fabric I had laying around.  When I say that she loves Christmas, I am not kidding. She tries to help wrap presents, she sniffs the tree every morning like it just got here, and she is a huge fan of dropped cookies. So, she got a bandana with some gingerbread men on it.

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And believe it or not, she sat for this picture with no treats involved :P.