His name is embroidered with Sulky 100% rayon thread in the needle and black bobbin thread in the bobbin. The binding is royal blue 100% nylon fabric, machine stitched with royal blue thread in the needle and invisible thread in the bobbin.
The linked echo feathers are sewn with Gutermann 100% variegated thread using a straight stitch needle plate, Pfaff Dynamic Spring Motion 6D quilting foot and a Schmetz 80/12 universal needle. The sewing machine is a Pfaff Creative 2 with the feed dogs down and stitch length set to zero.
The backing is 100% cotton flannel. The batting is Warm and Natural 80% cotton and 20% polyester.
I used four bobbins on the linked feathers and almost eight bobbins of 100% polyester yellow thread on the echoing around the feathers to fill the borders. I got bored with echoing so I put a few more feathers in the echoing.
I didn't mark the quilt or use a parchment paper pattern. The whole thing was done free hand. In hindsight, I wish I had used a solid yellow colour for the feathers like the echoing. I think the variegated thread colours take away from the feather shapes on this border.
I think the back looks pretty good.
I have tried to attach binding with mitered corners in the past and did not like the results at all. Recently I discovered Dara's blog Sew Snuggly Quilts, where she wrote an excellent tutorial for attaching the binding that is easy peasy to do.
Just look at those lovely corners. Thanks tons Dara! I machine stitched the binding in place instead of hand stitching so the quilt can withstand multiple washings.
For the past several years, I've been marking my quilts with my initials and the year in matching thread somewhere in the bottom right corner.
TED 2012 is embroidered in white Coats 100% polyester duel duty thread.
It is more visible on the back side.
This quilt is large enough for a toddler bed measuring 61 inches by 53 inches. It was photographed on our queen sized bed.
Another UFO completed! Yippee... ~dancing around the room with glee.
This month's tutorial was by Ann Fahl. She gave us lots of excellent information. Then she left the practice part up to our imaginations! I loved it. First off, I didn't realize when I took this challenge that I would not only improve my free motion quilting, but also become a better artist. As with last month's echo feathers I doodled designs on paper.
I liked these flowers just fine, except they needed something more.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.