Friday, April 8, 2011

Look What Vinnie Did!

I finally finished quilting and binding New York Beauty.  I hope you aren't too weary of hearing about this quilt!
These pictures were taken before I washed it.  There are still lots of chalk marks on it, but they don't show as much as I thought they would.  I was going to wait to post until it was all washed, but found out the hard way that a quilt this size in my front loader needs something else heavier in with it in order to spin dry properly!  (Four washings on different settings and it finally clicked - I was ready to call the washing machine repair people!)  Oh well, at least this way you can get a better look at the quilting!  It was all done freehand except for the large blue border where I used a stencil with a floral pattern that mimicked the print in the fabric.  I used a very bright King Tut 40 wt variegated thread called Pharaoh's Treasures which had every color of fabric in it.
  
I looked at lots of NYB's quilted and came up with what I thought might work for this.  In the small border I made use of the dark vertical lines in the print and just quilted up and down for a sort of zig-zag effect.  As for the blocks, I quilted loops and swirls in the larger outer portion, loops inbetween the points and mimicked the points inside of them.  Then on the small quarter-circle I quilted a sort of leaf pattern. 

Wow - did I ever learn a lot on this one such as which chalk I like best (a combination of Pounce and Fons and Porters chalk pencils), when to take a break (before your neck and back begin aching), when to use or not use the micro handles, how to use the straight rulers, and how to use the automatic tie-off feature on Vinnie which I now really like.  I give myself a "C" on this one and promise to do better next time! 

If any longarmers are reading this I would love to know which brand of disappearing ink pens you use and like.  I'm thinking next time I might want to use them in some of the lighter areas as opposed to chalk.

Next up on Vinnie will be Lil's Simpler Tymes.  Stay tuned!

25 comments:

onlymehere said...

I enlarged the pictures and you and Vinnie make a fantastic team. This quilt is stunning! Way to go on creating a new heirloom! Now I'm wanting a Vinnie of my own!! Love it.

Donna said...

Beautiful. Vinnie has a lot of work ahead to keep up with your creativity. Love the quilt!

Jan said...

Wow! Beautiful Quilt!

Linda said...

Ummmmm, I give you a BIG, FAT deserving A++++++++!!!!! Candace, it's so gorgeous!!! You did such an amazing job on the quilting!!! I love your mix of freehand and stencils!! I wish I could see the quilt in person. I'm beaming with pride for you!!

Lisa D. said...

On the contrary, look what Candace did with Vinnie's help! I think it looks wonderful and am questioning that C. I think you're a natural.

Kaaren said...

Yay for Vinnie and a HUGE H-U-R-R-A-H for Candace, who drove Vinnie.

Great job, my friend. I can't wait to see the next one!

Stephanie said...

An amazing team effort! I really love the quilting in the circle/points part. I think you deserve way better than a "C". It's beautiful.

Jackie said...

You did a great job quilting your Beauty! Vinnie and you are really doing well together!

Quilt Hollow said...

Well done A+!!

Karen said...

I definitely not too tired of hearing about your quilt. It is a beauty. So many perfect points.

Kathy said...

Beautiful quilt! You and Vinnie work very well together.

I look forward to hearing what you find out about marking pens - please share your responses. I have yet to find the perfect one. I'm not a long-armer, but usually need to mark the quilts I quilt on my sewing machine.

Cindy said...

That Vinnie knows how to listen to his woman...LOL

All men should be so accomodating...LOL

Beautiful, Candace, absolutely beautiful. You have a special talent !!

Sheila said...

Beautiful quilt; great job you did with your new machine. Have a great weekend!

Jackie said...

It turned out just beautifully!! You did a fantastic job with the assistance of Vinny, but really it was all you. You should stand proud!

Chris said...

What a beautiful quilt! You have created a stunning work of art. Well done, Candace! I hope you've patted yourself on the back and taken a nice warm soak in the tub! :-)

QuiltSue said...

Woww! it's absolutely awesome. I love how you've used the block design and the fabrics themselves to decide how to quilt it.

Ulla said...

Vinnie just helped you do this beautiful quilting on your amazing quilt.

Linda said...

Beautiful quilt Candace, love the quilting, what a treasure you have in it.

Barb said...

What an amazing quilt, totally awesome!

Lynn said...

Vinnie, with a little help from Candace did a fabulous job! I would never get tired of looking at this quilt. Just stunning!

Kim said...

She's one beautiful New Yorker! You really are getting the hang of the machine quilting. :)

Carrie P. said...

You and Vinnie did a fabulous job. I enlarged the picture so I could see the detail. I am impressed. Well done!!:D

Karen said...

Wow, Candace, beautiful work! I really like the points in the center of the circles. If that's a C, I can't wait to see an A!

pratima said...

Wow! It is stunning. Your quilting is fantastic, Candace!

MARCIE said...

Wowzers! That is a gorgeous quilt! The fabric choices and piecing and your quilting is magnificent! What is with the C+? You deserve and A+ on this! Love it!
Love your husband's pillow too! Cute!