Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Steam Punk Finish



This week I finished the very last bit of sewing down the binding on my epic Steam Punk quilt that I started early in the year last year.  It's been a long and enjoyable journey. Each block was an adventure in choosing fabric. For the sashing choice, I used a fabric from our shop, Polka Dot Tea, called Melange Yarn Dye in black, which is very much like Essex Yarn Dye in black only that it is a much finer weave and has less imperfections. It's now my go to fabric for adding a bit of a textural look in my project (sorry, it's sold out in black in the shop - we are waiting for the next shipment).

I do admit that I struggled a bit with making them look random and scrappy. I really struggled to get the look that Jen Kingwell had with hers, but by the end it was happening almost as if by accident and I was pleased with the perfectly imperfect look of the quilt.   

I quilted this on my Gammill Statler Stitcher using a pattern called "Water Drops" which I think suits this quilt very well. I had debated for a long while about whether to custom quilt this or not, but in the end I felt that custom quilting it would be too "fussy" and against what I was trying to achieve with this quilt.  The quilting provides the movement that I was hoping to achieve. All in all, I'm now very pleased with this finish and am now inspired to finish work on my Midnight at the Oasis quilt.

20 comments:

Mina said...

Wow! This is fantastic! I have been wanting to try this pattern, but it looks so difficult

Hilary said...

Oh my gosh this is so so gorgeous!

ES said...

I like it!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

stunning! it looks so huge, and there's lots of lovely block combinations, I spent some time just looking at it! Linda

Hettie's Mum said...

Hi Jeanette it's really beautiful! Gorgeous combos of fabrics that work nicely together. And the quilting is just right - you are clearly a very good quilter!

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

I adore your steam punk Jeannette, and wish it was mine!! Love absolutely everything about it, awesome work. xo

Laurie Matthews said...

It's stunning and I think you made a great choice with the quilting.

Emma Jane said...

stunning!!

Annestof said...

It looks great.
I still have a long way to sew before mine is done. But after seeing yours, I migth get the kick, I neet. Yours really looks stunning. And I think it has the same feeling like Jen Kingwells.😊

jednoiglec said...

Wonderful finish! I still remember some of the individual blocks, there are so many great fabrics!

Heidi said...

Wonderful

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Thimbleanna said...

WOW!!! What a gorgeous finish! I love that you made it bigger than the pattern -- I really wish I'd made mine bigger too. BEAUTIFUL!!!

Sheri said...

This is amazing! You truly are a creative genius. I love the eclectic soul of this quilt!

gwinogirl said...

This is so impressive! I have been eyeing off this quilt ever since I saw it. I hand piece everything so would take forever.

Your quilt is an inspiration. I can look at it over and over and always find something new and exciting to see

Two Little Aussie Birds said...

Love this quilt! and I can tell you it was very popular at the Braidwood show on the weekend! Crystal :)

leanne said...

stunning ! you've inspired me to buy this pattern and templates :) love your two little helpers !

MsMidge said...

Just gorgeous Jeanette! I'm doing a class with Jen next month so have spent the last couple of days trying to work out which pattern to make. I love Steam Punk, but have now been told it's a hand pieced pattern. Did you hand or machine piece yours? I just asked this same question in QCA :)

Barb said...

Love what you did

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