Monday, April 30, 2012

Purple Amish & April's Free Motion Challenge with Don Linn

 Quilt # 84

This is my practice piece using the tutorial technique of transferring a quilting design onto the quilt top for the April 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge by Don Linn.


I used wool batting and Rainbows Superior Thread on the top and black Wonder Invisible thread in the bobbin.

I tried different marking tools and preferred the chalk pencil but found it rubbed off easily. The  water erasable pen marked well and stayed until it was wetted.

design on tulle  

using chalk pencil

using Water Erasable Fabric Marking Pen

Purple Amish

This is a little quilt from my "Amish Period" that had been in the UFO pile for a long, long time.

Sorry, the colours are all over the place. The first is closest to original. 

Purple Amish top
I probably should have reduced the motif to fit inside the quare, but I didn't and actually don't mind the look.

close-up of quilting
I found this background filler design on Patsy Thompson's website and used it with light blue The Bottom Line Thread. The flower design was quilted with a purple 100% Rayon.

border and binding
Instead of a label, I "signed" my name and year into the background.

 The back is an Egyptian cotton that I snow dyed this winter.  A small needle (70) prevented the holes from showing on this cotton as it is very tightly woven.

Because this is going to be used as a table topper, I used a thermolam batting.  I do prefer quilting with the wool batting but not sure how much it would shrink when washed.  I have only used wool in wall hangings so far.  Has anyone washed wool batting?  Any shrinking?

close up of back
Certainly not traditional Amish, but I think I like it. 

Enjoyed learning this process and can see where it could be used to transfer any kind of design onto a quilt sandwich either for quilting or thread painting.

Thank you Don Linn.



Quilt Name:  Purple Amish
Description:  Small amish nine patch quilt
Pattern:  4-patch nine patch alternating with plain blocks
Size:  28" x 28"
Fabrics:  100% cotton ( all solids)
Predominant colours:  Purple, blue, red, green
Construction Techniques:  pieced
Back:  Snow dyed egyptian cotton and cotton commercial print
Batting:  thermolam
Edge finish: Double fold french binding
Quilting:  Free motion.
Quilted by: Terry Whyte
Sleeve: Yes
Label:  Signature in quilt top
Date completed:  April 2012

Maker: Terry Whyte


Tammy said...

Hi Terry, Your free motion quilting is fantastic. Great job on April's challenge. I love your purple Amish quilt. The colours are beautiful. Bravo..well done.

Dar said...

Your Almost Amish quilt is wonderful. I have a question about your documentation. Is this something that goes onto every quilt, or into a file that you keep about your quilts.? Either way, I really do like this method of keeping track of what was done.

Today in Kenogami said...

Hi Dar:
I had been wanting to document my quilts somehow, for a long time but just never seem to get around to it. This blog seems to be working for me as I try to post at least once a week. I don't post in any particular order, sometimes quilts that are 20 years old or could be what I am working on the time. Just whatever I feel like at the time. I could print each post and make a binder or save everything on discs, but haven't got that far yet. Thanks for your interest.