Amistad, Chapter 4: a Friday Finish

The quilt top is done.

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Pretty opal colours. I had to rush to finish so I could catch the light.

Now I can safely put it to one side and concentrate on the Jumble baby quilt during the day, and Steampunk in the evenings. Oh, and embroidery for the next SAL post on Sunday 20th. We’ll be away for 4 days from Monday, so I’ll take it with me for evening handwork – fewer bits to get lost than with Steampunk, plus hopefully I’ll actually make some progress!

I still have to get backing and binding fabric for Amistad, so a swift shopping trip is called for, but it’s going to be in and out – I have too much on to spend time browsing luxuriously.

Back to the machine.

Go the Pies: and now for the sandwich

I pushed myself a bit yesterday and it was very late by the time I got to bed.  But it meant I got the top finished, and I’m very happy with how it’s looking.

The finished top, hanging on my design wall. My sewing room's too small to get far enough away, but you get the idea.

The finished top, hanging on my design wall. My sewing room’s too small
to get far enough away, but you get the idea.

The seams are (mostly) lined up, nothing’s too obviously crooked, the colour scheme – or lack of it, if you prefer – is fun, and it came together fairly painlessly, with the exception of the magpie panel, which was my own stupid fault.  A quick shopping expedition has produced  fabric for the back, and I’ve bought enough of the same wideback to make the binding as well.  I like a binding to be crisp and frame a quilt, and the black binding will do that.

One of the feathers

One of the feathers

Anyone who’s been watching the progress of this quilt will notice there are a couple of additions. Magpie feathers.  I couldn’t resist the urge to scatter a few around. The contrast between the soft edges of the feathers and the crisp edges of the spot and stripe patterns was pretty, and they add an interesting graphic punctuation to the whole thing and lead your eye around.

My favourite transfer paper. Nice clean images, every time

My favourite transfer paper. Nice clean images, every time

I had fun with my transfer paper, which, now that I’m using it properly and exercising patience, is giving good results.  I’ve tried a couple of brands, but the HP Inkjet version for white fabrics is the favourite so far.

The black backing. It's actually a nice inky black, not brownish, as my bad lighting make it appear.

The black backing. It’s actually a nice inky black, not brownish, as my bad lighting make it appear.

Today I have to press the backing and unfold the batting and let the creases relax out of it.  If there are any really stubborn ones, I find a couple of minutes in the tumble drier does the job.  Once that’s done, I have to piece the large magpie panel into the back, bearing in mind that it’s going to get quilted over.  I’m just going to do simple straight line quilting on the diagonal, not too closely spaced so the quilt stays very soft and drapey.  I’ll probably outline the magpie and the feathers, perhaps by hand as I’m not sufficiently happy with my FMQ to do it on the machine.  The diagonal quilting lines will stop short of the images so I can make them pop out a bit more.

It’s been fun so far.  I’m going to get in a stew with the quilting, as I usually do, but it’s a small quilt and will be done soon.