Now that I can start doing a bit of sewing for myself again I am wasting no time making progress on my precious Oakshott Comet quilt (previous post here and here) and I have to get a move on literally if I want this beauty finished and ready to be presented for 'show and tell' at to the LMQG meeting this coming Sunday. The quilt is the the result of our July challenge (which was to make something that is inspired by modern art).
A good job then that Murray just managed to win in 4 sets so I can actually get some quilting done tonight.
Comet has a back (that I won't reveal just yet) and is basted as you can see.
I pondered long and hard on the quilting pattern and was for a long time convinced that I would eco quilt along the red squares.But when I drew an outline of it on paper and found that it reminded me of a cathedral window which doesn't really work for the comet theme.
Then I changed tack to concentric circles starting in the middle square which would fit nicely with the comet approaching and would also fit very well with the back (little hint here).
But then I saw yesterday a post from Angela where she showed a quilt she quilted from Cherry House for the book 'We Love Colour' and I thought straight lines radiating from the center would fit even better with my comet and universe theme that is going on here. (By the way did you know that the Higgs boson was found today at Cern ? I think that is soooo exciting !)
So I decided to quilt this pattern and started by using my large ruler to draw some initial lines on the first quadrant of the quilt with white chalk. I am hoping that I then have enough guides to fill in the lines in between. Then I will draw new lines for the second quadrant and so on. This is the first time I am doing this and am rather nervous as it will be quite disastrous if it won't work out.
I am also terribly exciting about my quilting thread. I am going to use for the first time Valdani hand dyed variegated thread. I know that Mari uses it a lot and have been very impressed by the colours. I wanted something really special for this quilt and found two variegated tones in red that are just perfect.
Have a look, don't they just look fabulous ?
The one to the left is 'Vibrant Red' and the one to the right is 'Red Eclipse'. They are a 35 w which makes them a little heavier than my usual 30 w. It will be interesting to see how my trusted Janome Horizon deals with it.
I ordered them in Germany at this shop but tried two online shops here in the UK first and while both web pages of the shops told me they had them in stock, neither did in the end which made me very cross. I do think stock should always be up-to-date. Just a little rant.
Let the quilting begin !!