Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Metro Twist Quilt

I finished!


I have been working on this project for a while. It wasn't one I felt the need to rush through. I had all the curved pieces sewn and trimmed when I headed to Sewtopia two weeks ago. I just needed to piece it all together. I was able to finish the quilt top while at the retreat and get it basted. I chose to bring it home to quilt rather than attempting it there. We didn't have enough table space to deal with a quilt this size. I prefer to quilt on my kitchen table giving myself the whole table to hold the weight of the quilt. So during the week following Sewtopia I slowly worked on quilting this guy. I was able to get it bound this past weekend and can't wait to show it off tonight at MQG!


I used the Quick Curves Ruler and Metro Twist pattern (both from Sew Kind of Wonderful). The original pattern is for a quilt 40" x 55", but mine kept growing until I ran out of fabric. The final size of my quilt is 60" x 77" which is great for a throw.

I used a FQ bundle of Field Day from Alison Glass. I have come to adore Alison's fabric because of the richness and saturation of her colors. I am not a purple person, but I couldn't help but use her large scale purple print from this line for the back. I had excess from the backing and chose to cut that up for one additional row. The purple row doesn't excessively stand out. I love how it's difference is relatively subtle. The background is made up of a mix of low volume prints from my stash. I chose only very simple ones as I didn't want them to compete too much with the Field Day fabric. I love the end result. I feel it provides texture without distraction.

The backing print is pretty amazing. This print is the reason I bought this line in the first place. Because my quilt kept growing my backing was too short. Luckily a friend at Sewtopia had a bolt of yarn-dyed Essex in black on hand and I was able to lengthen it without too much trouble.

The quilting was a challenge. I wanted to do something custom, but considering I do this on my standard machine, I struggled a bit. I am starting to get frustrated with my quilting ability because I want to do more yet feel very constrained by using a domestic machine. I need to start renting time on a longarm and give it a try.


I matched my seam for the backing. I glue basted the sections to match everything up before stitching. It's a fantastic method. I'm a convert!





Have a great Thursday!!

24 comments:

  1. I love what you did with the quilting!!! This is really breathtaking! :D

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  2. The quilt is absolutely beautiful! And the quilting is perfect - don't think that quilting on a long-arm would have done it better!

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  3. I love the quilting on this one! I know you feel limited by your home machine but you really can't tell by how well it turned out!

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  4. Fun! Terrific backing fabric, for sure. I really love how you quilted this, too.

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  5. This is an absolute beauty. The front is beautiful, the back is fantastic, the quilting it great. The fabric line was perfect for this quilt. You have a winner here. It's like having two quilts in one.

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  6. I think your quilting is fabulous. I also quilt on my domestic and hope to be able to produce something of that quality someday. I have taken the classes required at a local quilt to be able to rent time on their long arm machine. Before I took the classes I really wanted a long arm but afterward I decided it was not what I want. There are so many people that accomplish beautiful quilting on a domestic and I aspire to be one of the. It will save a lot of money and space too.

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  7. I have this pattern and the ruler. Not sure what fabric to use! How difficult were the curves? They say it's easy....but is it?

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  8. Your quilt is beautiful. The quilting just sets it off and I think your skills on the domestic are great.

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  9. Your quilt is lovely and your quilting is marvellous!! Enjoy!!

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  10. This is just flat out gorgeous. I love the fabric. The back is wonderful. Love the binding. And your quilting is terrific. It is all I can do to get a quilt that size straight-line quilted on my domestic. My hat is off to you!!!

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  11. I love your colors. I bought fabrics similar to that, now I need to find a project for those. Your spirals are really great. I able to do spirals, but nothing that compare to that. I need to get back to practice.

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  12. Your quilt is wonderful. I feel exactly the way you do. I want my domestic work to look like long arm work. I'm not sure it ever will, but I'm still practicing....

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  13. fabulous! I really like how you quilted it!

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  14. It will be interesting to see if you can longarm quilt as you think you can. I've learned that whatever way you learn first, and become accomplished at, is usually what you stick with. Domestic machine quilting will become easier the more you do it. I can attest to that. And, I can tell you that I'm a complete klutz at a longarm machine! My best to you as you get this sorted out for yourself.

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  15. This quilt is stunning! I think what you did with the quilting is perfect. I love the swirls in the twists- the designs used really compliment the contrast between Field Day and your low volume prints. Also, the fabric you used for the binding works really well. It frames the quilt nicely without taking away from the twists.

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  16. This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the subtle, yet unique purple row.

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  17. One of my favorite quilts I've seen from the QCR patterns!

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  18. Your quilting on this beautiful quilt is just amazing. I don't know how using a longarm could have made it any better. Gorgeous work.

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  19. I love this quilt. I love the fabric and the quilting. Just love this quilt. It's superb xxx

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