Fandangle Scrappy Squares is a variation on my technique from my Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares workshop. This piece followed my Modern Batik Scrappy Squares (<-- which will be hanging at PIQF in Santa Clara, CA Oct. 11-14). I shared my quilt top as part of the Fandangle blog hop in July. Last month I rented time on a local longarm to quilt it up and I'm excited to share the finish with you today for TGIFF. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom to link up your projects and visit the other finishes this week!)
I rented time on a longarm at Always Quilting (San Mateo, CA) for the first time... eleven months after taking the certification class. I warmed up a smaller quilt and then loaded this one up for some more dense quilting.
I opted for two motifs, a flame design in the grey background and spirals in the feature squares.
There's something exciting about seeing the full view of the quilt during the quilting process. I did pause on occasion to drool over the beautiful texture.
Just like my FMQ on my domestic machine I strive not for perfection, but for relative similarity in the density of the quilting across a space.
This quilt took me about 2 hours (and 3.5 bobbins) to quilt. It is about 41" x 54". I considered a grey thread that would blend in the background and I'm really happy that I went with the turquoise. It provided such a great variety of blending and contrasting across the quilt top.
I opted for a bit of fussy cutting from my favorite print in the collection to make my bias binding, finished with some machine binding.
I'm so pleased with this finish. I just love the cool palette of Fandangle and really enjoyed working with it.
Please share your Friday Finish in the linkup below and be sure to hop around to view what everyone else has been up to this week! Thanks for visiting!!
I've linked up to the Q3 Finish Along finishes linkup. See my whole Q3 list here.
Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl
The choice of the turquoise thread is striking and a lovely touch, as is the binding. All around a beautiful finish!
Thank you, Yvonne. I really had fun with the details on this one.
soma @ whimsandfancies.com
I really love the quilting, specially the flame design. The turquoise thread colour was a great choice. Lovely finish!
Thank you, Soma. The best part about the flame design is that it's super forgiving! Thanks for visiting.
The Fandango fabric is so pretty, and I love the turquoise quilting! It just adds to the beauty of this quilt!
Thank you, Wendy. The cool Fandangle colors are so *me* and I really enjoyed working with them.
You did such an amazing job quilting this one! I would have been freaking out starting to quilt it being the first time using a long arm! Nerves of steel! Love the colors and the thread color is a beautiful surprise!
Thank you, Jayne! I touch the longarm machines in vendor booths whenever I can. And I did get to play on the machine in the certification class. It got away from me a couple times since it takes such a light touch to move the machine around (as opposed to the shoving required to move my quilt under my domestic), but overall the FMQ skills transfer from the many hours I've quilted on my domestic. And I appreciated the stitch regulator. ;-)
Everything about your quilt is lovely! The shape of the piecing reminds me of an outstretched shaw, or maybe a very bright angel's wings.
Thank you, Laura. While I was working abstractly and focusing on the geometry, I totally agree with the images it reminds you of. :-)
The colours in this quilt, including the thread colour, are so beautiful. And your quilting is fabulous! This is a great finish. And thank you for hosting TGIFF this week! :-)
Thank you, Izzy! I'm so inspired by bright colors. They are a joy for me to work with. Thank you for visiting!
This turned out so great!!
Thank you, Christa!
The turquoise thread was an inspired choice - it really makes the quilting. GORGEOUS finish! I love that palette.
On behalf of the FAL global hosts, thank you for participating and linking up.
Aww... thank you, Felicity. You are so kind. Thank you for hosting the FAL. :-)