Monday, July 27, 2009

Fearless Finish!

Here is my finished Halloween Journey from Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studios! You'll have to pardon the different settings I've used for photographing it - for some reason my house is light challegened the past couple of days. I threw caution to the wind and decided to cross-hatch the quilt with InvisaFil on top (thanks, Wendy and Mary) and an Autumn colored variegated 40 wt. King Tut on the back. I also totally cleaned the lint out of my machine first, put on a new 80/12 universal needle, lowered my top tension, set my stitch length to 3, and put one of those netted sleeves over the InvisaFil to make it feed evenly off the spool. I didn't have a single break and the quilting came out nice and even with my walking foot! You can click on all the photos to enlarge them. I was amazed that the cross hatching didn't at all take away from the embroidery - rather, it enhanced it!Check out the back below! I used more of Pat Sloan's Arabella line and separated them with some left over cuts from my piano border! I'm actually quite proud of the back!

The other day I showed you what I received from Melanie in the Christmas In July swap. Below is what I sent to my partner, Marcie over at Daisy Jayne. Marcie lives in Australia, so it took nearly two weeks for her to receive the package! The apron is from Joanna Figueroa's latest book, Fresh Vintage Sewing, and the table runner was made from Rachel's Diappearing 9-patch pattern. Both were a lot of fun to make!

I also made Marcie a Christmas stocking - again from Fresh Vintage Sewing - in traditional Christmas colors. The top band is of wool felt. And it wouldn't be a true swap gift if I didn't include some of my favorite notions - along with chocolate, which you don't see in this photo!
Let me just say one more time what a wonderful job Stephanie and Linda did of hosting this swap! Thank you both so much!


peggy said...

peAbsolutely GORGEOUS!! You did a great job on the embroidery and I like how you did the cross hatching.
Peggy in NJ

sewtakeahike said...

it really turned out fabulous Candace! I agree, the back is gorgeous too!

Sherri said...

I love that cross-hatching on your Halloween quilt! It completely makes the quilt! I might have to get brave and try that one of these days!

Purple and Paisley said...

your halloween piece turned out fabulous! and what great gifts you sent your partner...i love the stocking! ☺

Darlene said...

I love the cross hatching - looks fabulous. See, I told you that the quilting would add some wonderful texture and would not distract from the embroidery. I love it.

Karen said...

Candace, everything turned out beautiful, as always!

Ulla said...

You made a right decision abaout the quilting; it looks great on both sides. The Christmas swap items are lovely, vintage and apron - who could resist?

Mel said...

I love the cross hatch!! It turned out wonderful!

Beautiful gifts you made too!

Anne said...

Your Halloween quilt looks wonderful. Isn't it fun to piece the backing too? I do it all the time with fat quarters. Love the apron!

yellowfarmhouse said...

WOW that turned out awesome including your cross hatching, great job and I also agree the back is wonderful. Your swap partner sure received a wonderful package.

Hugs - karen

Stephanie said...

Your Halloween stitchery is absolutely gorgeous and I love the quilting design. Perfect!!! I do love the back too. :o) WOW...what fantastic goodies you sent your partner. I'm so happy you could join the swap.

Kaaren said...

Candace, it's even more soppktacular than I could have imagined! I'd leave it out all year round because it's as 'artworthy' as a painting. And I love the back as well. Now it's reversible!

Gorgeous swap gifts that will be treasured for always, I'm certain.

*karendianne. said...

Oh my, my, my but you did an exceptional job on Halloween Journey. I'm thoroughly impressed & not at all surprised. You do the most AMAZING work, Candace. Truly you do. I'd love to be able to do some cross-hatching like that. I am so in Awe!


(ps: That backing is fantastic, too.)

pratima said...

The quilting is so subtle and beautiful. Your Halloween quilt is gorgeous.

Linda said...

Candace your little quilt turned out beautifully with the cross hatching. I bet your over the moon with the finish. Adore the things you sent in the swap and I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Kay said...

Back and front both look terrific.

Carrie P. said...

The quilt came out just great. I am impressed that you got the tension right and none of the variegated thread is showing on front. I looked at the close ups and they are great. You did a fantastic job on all of it. Love the binding too.
Some really nice stuff you made for the swap too.

Kim said...

Wow...the quilting doesn't distort the embroidery at all and adds a dimension that gives it life. A great and brave finish!!

Anonymous said...

As you the quilting and think it turned out wonderfully! Must also comment on your swap you sent screams me! Love those colors as they are throughout my home. Just wonderful in my book!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Marcie was one lucky gal, you sent wonderful things!!

Your Halloween project turned out breathtaking, you should be so happy with yourself, it is just wonderful!!

Wendy said...

I'm so glad you decided to do the cross hatching, it really looks great. I'm going to do mine this way more often. You've been so busy. Is it as hot for you...I'm melting...LOL

Stephanie D. said...

That is absolutely stunning! The embroidery is delightful and I really like that piano key border. I haven't used InvisaFill before, but it turned out to be the perfect thread for the top of that quilt!

Jackie said...

Candace, it's absolutely stunning. Your choice of fabric and the quilting really set off your stitching. Bravo!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Lovely lovely job Candace. The cross hatching was just right. Perfect! Love your Christmas in July.


Your right the quilting enhances the piece very nicely! well done!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Candace, I love the Halloween wall hanging and what you made your swap partner is beautiful. I need to order the Rose Christmas stocking pattern. Holidays are going to be here before we know it.
Keep Stitchen'

Carrie P. said...

Guess what I saw at "Knotty Girls?"

Karen said...

Love your Halloween quilt!

Quilter Kathy said...

Love your Halloween stitchery....lovely!

Gran said...

Candace your work is beautiful. The skill and thought you bring to your work is evident in your Halloween piece. I was confident you would come up with just the right things to do in your quilting. I love your work.

Kigwit said...

Love the cross hatching. I'm going to do it on my Christmas one!

jacquie said...

i was worried about the quilting overwhelming the embroidery on my wonderland garden quilt...amazing how it doesn't. this is gorgeousl your handwork is so great.

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