Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A Stained Finish!

Thanks to the joy of the rainy bank holiday and sheer determination, I have finished my Stained sooner than expected - woo hoo!

Before I reveal all, I have to warn you that I am so very very very pleased with how this quilt turned out; the sun came out to celebrate and there are lots of photos!

Stained QAL

I think I was suffering the same angst a lot of the QAL folks have been having about the actual quilting, but I made the decision a while back to just keep. it. simple.

I used a couple of yards of Klona Tan for the backing, gathered all my random spools of Gutterman white cotton and some awesome orange 28wt Aurifil, and sat at my sewing machine, for what seemed like hours and hours and hours - I lost count at 6 bobbins.

I wanted straight lines, because the quilt top called for it as far as I was concerned, (and I don't successfully do much else!), but I wanted a little wonk.  So that's what I went for...


Pre-wash shots
119 vertical passes later...

I used white thread on the quilt top so as to not take away from the borders, and orange on the back.  In reality I quilted the first central line from the front, following the top to bottom 'lead line', then flipped the quilt and the threads, and worked from the wholecloth back.





If you don't spray baste and have a walking foot, this is probably not the quilting for you!

Did I mention that I love it!?


By complete fluke I had exactly enough Tan left to make the binding, I said I wanted simple; but then I decided to add in a few of the Moroccan Mirage scraps for fun...



So this one definitely needs great big thank yous to all those who made it possible...

Sarah for her awesome pattern - I hope you think I have done it justice!
Annabella and Julie for the wonderful Moroccan Mirage.
Nicky for the perfect Aurifil.
Oh, and I better mention Susan, or she'll gripe that those mega-borders were all her idea; well I suppose they were!
Thank you so much ladies x


It finally measured up at 50"x 64" after washing.  With so much quilting it really has shrunk up wonderfully, and it feels amazing!


It's also my first, and I really hope not last, FAL finish of the quarter!  Start on a high I say x

49 comments:

  1. It's beautiful Hadley! Great finish and I love the little wonky lines- the orange is fab. :) Well done!

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  2. Wow, that is just gorgeous! Beautiful colors, great prints, and fabulous quilting!

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  3. Oh, wowzers! I am immediately stealing your wonderful idea of the wonky straight lined orange quilting. Whew! I'm still hooked on white as a background! You just proved me right again! Deb.

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  4. This is absolutely gorgeous Hadley and I just love the way you have quilted it! I have not used spray basting before - have you any advice? like which brand you use? I got put off a couple of years ago when somebody told me they needed a whole can to do a cot quilt!

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  5. EEEE! She's beautiful, Hadley! Absolutely beautiful. The quilting adds a fab texture I am sure. I'm dying to pet this one!

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  6. Oh Wow! It's totally gorgeous Hadley! I've got a big quilt that I want to quilt like that (Single Girl) but I keep putting it off because I just can't face the monotony, but now I've seen this beauty I might muster up the energy :)

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  7. The prettiest stains I ever did see! Love the quilting.

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  8. It is gorgeous and those WIDE BORDERS are really what take it to the next level. ;-P

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  9. WOW! It looks amazing, great idea for the quilting! The stained is next on my list to do after they mystery quilt: can't wait to get going now that I have seen yours

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  10. Fabulous, and I love the way you have quilted it too!
    R x

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  11. Completely awesome! I adore your quilting and little pops of Color in tHe binding. All of it is just beautiful!!

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  12. It's absolutely gorgeous. I have a walking foot but don't spray-baste. The density of the quilting is a tad intimidating but the results are undeniable. I'll maybe try something like this when I find the right project...

    Stunning.

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  13. Love it. That's a huge number of lines to sew, but looks like an ideal quilting style!

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  14. Love this quilt!!!! The colors, the quilting.....love it all!

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  15. It`s fabulous Hadley and nothing to do with those wide borders so don`t listen to that Susan! It`s such a great finish and I`m so glad you love it!

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  16. It is stunning! I love it! Each of your decisions is perfect, but I especially love the orange thread on the back. Did I mention that I love it?

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  17. I love it! You're right. The straight line quilting was perfect. What's your opinion of Aurifil v. Gutterman?

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  18. Totally fab and utterly pleasurable to look at! Love how you quilted with a wonk - note to self to give that one a try some time! Enjoy!

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  19. It's perfect, and I love the photos full of sunshine. I just wish I could touch the quilt, the texture looks great.

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  20. It's stunning!!! I don't suppose you fancy starting mine do you?!!

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  21. This is fabulous!!!! Beautiful work! I love the quilting, the colors, everything! amazing!

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  22. I absolutely love it. Especially the orange quilting!!!

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  23. Stunning! Wow! Amazing! Beautiful! Those are just a few words to describe how wonderful your finish is!

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  24. One hundred and nineteen????? Fantastic finish, absolutely lovely!

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  25. wunderbarskissimo ...


    I LOVE the quilting ... inspired double colour use ...

    yay for rainy bank holidays ... I've been clearing cupboards and cleaning ... LOL!

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  26. Great job! A success in every way!

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  27. Eeep! It's gorgeous!

    Did you do anything special with the tension for 2 colours? I've tried it before and you can always see a bit of the wrong colour on each side...

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  28. Wow! It's a stunner Had! I love it and the quilting is perfect (but please tell me you didn't sit and count all those lines!!). Great job, well done! Jxo

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  29. Absolutely beautiful...well done! What type of foot did you use if not a walking foot? I was planning on spray basting and using walking foot on my Amy Butler...let me know what you think is best.

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  30. I love the finish!! It really looks amazing! The colour choice for the quilting was spot on!!! =D

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  31. Gorgeous quilt, I really love the colors! Great idea on the quilting, well done!

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  32. Gorgeous quilt, I really love the colors! Great idea on the quilting, well done!

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  33. Stunning - quilt top, fabric, quilting - all of it. Di xo

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  34. Now I want to make a stained quilt. It shows off the fabrics so beautifully. All those straight lines...you are a crazy woman, and I love it.

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  35. Beautiful! Love the quilting, so perfect! I've never spray basted but after a few pathetic and angry attempts to fmq while removing pins I think I'm going to have to try it!! I adore the orange thread and the fabric choice was a great one. Wonderful finish :)

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  36. Oooh, well done, it looks absolutely fab! That's the kind of quilting I'm aiming for on mine, but we'll see how the cursing levels go ;o)

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  37. Love it, but makes me feel guilty that mine is lurking in the depths of my sewing room!

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  38. Oooohhhh this just looks amazing twinnie! I love it. The quilting is brill and love your binding. Perfect!!

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  39. how awesome! everything about it is perfect!

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  40. Glad you used the Aurifil - yt looks great and the quilt does too! Yeah!

    Brilliant combo but then you are good at that!

    What next I wonder!?

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  41. totally in love with that orange quilting! i have been using aurifil in my machine and i have been loving every second of it! i had to switch it out and used some coats & clark thread and it jammed up my machine. i was able to fix it right up but i am sold on aurifil! I LOVE this quilt though hadley! beautiful work!

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  42. just gorgeous! and I'm a big fan of that quilting - tried it on a baby quilt and it seemed to come together MUCH quicker than stippling! x

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