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.


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

Dresden Lane said...

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

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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...


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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!

Anonymous 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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