Friday, January 12, 2018

Wayward Transparency--A Finish


Wayward is finished!  I can cross something off that very long list of things to do in 2018.  I've been following along with Yvonne's at Quilting Jetgirl's Wayward Transparency QAL.  Making the four blocks was super easy.  Deciding on a layout, definitely the hardest part.  There were so many super cool layouts depending on how you turned the four blocks.  Ultimately, I landed on this one.


I really loved the square shape that was formed in the middle of the quilt.  I thought this layout would provide me with some great shapes to add cool quilting too.  I'm a big fan of what I like to call ghost quilting.  Essentially creating shapes or adding visual elements to a quilt using thread, that are not part of the piecing.  Or, "hey that triangle wasn't there when it was just a pieced quilt!"  That might not be the best description, but I think you get what I mean.

Two of my quilting goals for this quilt was to add some curves just for fun and subtly add balance to the design without taking away from its asymmetrical design.  Kinda sounds like a paradox; adding balance but not. 


The pieced design has some wonderful square elements that you can see with the lines I added to the diagram above.  I wanted to continue or extend the diamond shape in the center and accentuate the squares shapes already in the quilt.


Here is my original starting plan.  There were some things I knew I wanted to add, but I wasn't sure on specifics, like the lines in the top right and bottom left corners.  I knew I wanted to add something to add balance, the quilt just had not told me what yet.


Threads where the next big decision.  I needed to choose shades that would complement my quilting designs and fabrics.


For my dark and medium blues I chose Aurifil #2775 Steel Blue and #2784 Dark Navy.  Both the Dark Navy and Steel blue melted beautifully into the dark and medium prints, but when I wanted to provide a bit of contrast, the Dark Navy worked perfectly on the medium blue.


For the quilting on the light blue fabric I chose two different threads.  Aurifil #2215 Robins Egg and (are you sitting down) Superior Thread Omni in Silver.  The Robins Egg was almost a perfect match for the light blue fabric and the Silver added a nice subtle contrast.  My hopes where that the motifs stitched with the silver thread would stand out just ever so slightly more than the ones stitched with the light blue.  Why did I used the Superior when everyone knows I'm a Aurifil girl?  My boyfriend is still Aurifil, but he told me it was okay to go to dinner with my best guy friend...I mean I invited him too!  No, I had purchased a cone of Superior thread a while back and since the color was perfect for the project I decided to give it a go.  Also, please don't tell Dave about my thread "boyfriends."


I started my quilting journey in the center of the quilt, quilting the orange peels in the small border I created.  I could easily use my seam lines as quilting points.  I filled in the triangle area created by the peels with dense quilting to allow the peels to pop more.


A second orange peel "border" was created.  Both of these where stitched using the silver thread.


This is a close up of the on point squares I quilted into this section.  Dense quilting was again my friend, allowing those squares to pop off the quilt.


For the large corner triangles, I went with simple dot-to-dot quilting.


I mimicked the quilting in the corner triangles in the opposite corners, creating ghost shapes.


When it came to the background, I was a bit stuck on what to do.  I originally thought about pebbling.  It's a wonderful texture and because the way the background is broken up, wouldn't take long to quilt.  But what is just as yummy as pebbles?

Quarter inch straight lines. 

So that basically covers my quilting train of thought as this quilt came together.  Now I will leave you with some quilt shots.  All of our snow melted for a day or two!






Some quilts want to be made just because they want to be quilted.  This quilt was that for me.  Yvonne's design was a blast to make and I had even more fun quilting it.  I love a quilt that gives me wonderful shapes to play with.  I can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with, so I'm hopping over to Quilting Jetgirl to link up and see all the beautiful quilts.



Don't forget tomorrow is another addition of the UFO Busting linky party here in Wonderland.  I hope I see you there.


27 comments:

Mom of Three Quilter said...

I LOVE how you configured your transparency quilt! And then the quilting .... WOW! How beautiful!!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh Tish, this is stunning! I just love the photographs of the quilt at an angle so that all your gorgeous quilting is shown off. Thank you so much for joining the Quilt Along and I am sure your finish is going to inspire many people to really think about what they can do with the quilting!

Janice Holton said...

Incredible yummy texture! Love what you did with this quilt. You are on a roll girl. You'll have that UFO list checked off in no time. (I won't tell D about your thread boyfriends)

chrisknits said...

Gorgeous! I love the quilting on it. Just love the mix of lines and shapes you created with the designs.

Louise said...

Whoa, Tish! This quilting is off the charts!! Love the ghosting, love the thread color choices (why limit yourself to one boyfriend??), love the wonderful textures. You're right, this quilt was made for quilting and you really stepped up to the task and owned it :)

KaHolly said...

Tish, you certainly raise the bar with your beautiful quilting!

piecefulwendy said...

Oh Tish, your Wayward is just beautiful. The ghosting is really cool, and I appreciated seeing your drawing too. Your thready boyfriend(s) secret is safe with me! And you added a flanged border too -- so perfect! Yay for a UFO being done!

Debbie said...

Wow! Your quilting just took a lovely quilt top and took it to another level! VERY NICE!

Nancy J said...

Oh Me Oh My!!! The way you played with the quilting pattern, before starting, the threads, and the finish. This is a stunner beyond anything I had imagined. The flanged binding, what a great finish.

Stitchin At Home said...

Your quilting magic shines through once again. The quilting is stunning and I love the layout giving you that wonderful square with the peels. It's a beauty through and through.

Vicki in MN said...

The quilting is spot on and enhances the quilting, nice job Tish!

Jayne said...

Amazing quilting on this Tish!! I love the texture you achieved very, very much!

Julie said...

Gorgeous, lush quilting, and I bet you are so glad to put that one to bed! ;-)

Sandra Walker said...

Jaw-dropping indeed and making people stop to pause and suck in the breath as well. Just unreal, and I know for a fact how many hours upon hours you put into it...a real beauty. I hope you have a spot, one that's front and centre when you walk in your house, on the wall for it.

Emily said...

I love it! I like this layout and your quilting is AMAZING!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Wow. The quilting is amazing. It looks great.

Sue Daurio said...

Love the quilting on this, it just sets off the pattern perfectly and pushes it over the top. Thanks for walking through the process, I love to hear how other quilters come up with ideas for quilting.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I love that you walk us through all your quilting decisions. The quilting is fab-u-lous Tish, as always! You always have such creative quilting ideas. As a Superior girl, I'm happy that you dipped your toes in the water and had a date with one of my guys. I hope it was a good experience! ;)

Rebecca Grace said...

Beautiful finished quilt! You and your "thread boyfriends" crack me up. You did all of this on a sit-down machine? Amazing!

Diane M said...

Wow, this is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your quilting process! I thought about using my transparency quilt as a practice for FMQ but chickened out and am doing walking foot straight lines.

Alla Blanca said...

I really loved hearing about all your decision points in getting this quilt finished. Makes me feel like I can tag along on your journey a bit. And what a stunning result!
Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

Lynette said...

Sure love your quilting on this, Tish!!

Darling Jill Quilts said...

Love this!! Doing a slow clap for you!

Heide said...

Tish, Your quilt is gorgeous! Love how you quilted it.

Sue said...

Tish you thread floozie! You have done a fantastic job with quilting this! Thanks for taking us through the design process - most instructive!

Cheryl said...

I love your wayward! Thank you so much for taking us through how you quilted each piece, so helpful and inspiring!

MartiDIY said...

I've come back to look at the quilting on this quilt several times and it is really amazing. What machine do you quilt with?

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