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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Angelic and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've finished up my latest Take Flight quilt (the last one for awhile), and I'm so pleased with it.  To be clear, I love the original version as well, but practice does indeed make perfect, and I'm happier with the feathers on this one.

The wings are a little tricky since they can't really be quilted upside down (it would be difficult to get the angle of the feathers just right).  So the right wing is pretty easy, without too much bulk in the throat of the machine, but when it's time to quilt the left one, almost the entire quilt is bunched up in the throat.  Obviously it's doable, but it does require a little more patience to keep everything smooth and even.  I quilted with one of my favorites; Aurifil 40 wt. Dove #2600.  The soft gray adds just a little extra dimension to the wings, but it blends in so well with the scrappy background too.

The background of this one is quilted with a much denser stipple than the original, which really gives the wings a puffier look.  The spacing between the stippling lines is about a quarter inch.  I don't usually enjoy quilting this densely, but sometimes it's worth it.  This is one of those times for sure.

On the back, I used a combination of this gorgeous bold floral from the Recollection line by Katarina Roccella, with Moda Grunge fabric in Aruba.  The flowers are pixelated, which echoes the chunky background on the front of the quilt, and the quilting shows up so well on the Grunge.

One of my favorite parts of the quilt is the binding.  When I make a scrappy quilt with all of the colors, I usually opt for a black or gray binding, but I'm loving the choice of metallic gold!  It's Cloud 9 Glimmer Solids in Champagne, and the photo just doesn't do it justice.  Even though it is in full sun, the sparkle is so much prettier in person.  I'm calling this one Angelic, just to differentiate it from the original Take Flight quilt.

So, let's get right to the highlights from last week's awesome party!  This bright beauty is by Kris at Sew Sunshine-

Shelley at A Pigeon in Pungo shared her fantastic Opal Bracelet mini-

And this stunner, called Cascade, is by Liz at Savor Every Stitch-

Just, wow!  I'm amazed at all of the fabulous eye-candy shared week after week.  So much inspiration.  Let's party, friends!

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  1. I've loved watching you perfect these quilts..... this one certainly shows off all that practice. Lovely

  2. Oh your quilting is stunning and finishes off the quilt perfectly, well done with getting all that into the machine, it was certainly worth it!

  3. Thos quilt! I can see the wings being done in hand quilting as well it would be stunning in gold thread

  4. I really like how you quilted your angel wings. Beautiful texture.

  5. You are a master at cramming and tucking and pulling...the quilting looks fantastic! Love the feathers and agree that the dense stippling really adds great texture!

  6. Beautiful job on the latest Take Flight edition!

  7. The Take Flight quilt is beautiful but every time I see it I think the flat side of the wings should be toward the center. Am I the only one who thinks this? Not being critical just wondering.

    1. Thank you! hmm...I've never pictured them that way in my head, and all of the paintings/drawings/etc. I've seen with wings show the longest feathers to the outside. But, I will say that the wings are constructed in such a way that you could rearrange them if you prefer!

      :) Kelly

  8. Take Flight is lovely and so meaningful too. The wings turned out beautifully. I can certainly see how getting both wings to be the same would be hard. Good job.

  9. Your quilt is a work or art, or I should say "a work of heart!" Just gorgeous!

  10. Great quilting!! Thanks for featuring my rug scrap quilt this week too! :)

  11. Your Take Flight is so pretty and colorful. I love it!

  12. Another great finish. The wings look fabulous, and I like that sparkly binding.

  13. Love the angel wings, Kelly! Great job. Will be ordering your book!

  14. Love your Take Flight quilt - the wings are absolutely wonderful! Fantastic job!


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