Bet you didn’t expect to see another Friday Finish from me so soon, but surprise! – here it is!
Isn’t it lovely? I’m soooo happy with this quilt. I love everything about it.
You guys know I was struggling to make a decision on how to quilt it. I’m always inspired by Angela Walters and thought I wanted to do something like she would do. But time constraints and a heavy workload meant I really needed to be a bit more concise. After much sketching, deliberating, and waffling about I decided to keep the quilting simple and quilted straight lines about an inch apart. My longarming friend Liz encouraged me to do what felt right for me and her words were just what I needed to make a decision.
I’m glad I went with my gut. Straight line quilting gives a quilt such a modern feel, and when combined with these fabrics and this pattern it all works together fantastically (is that even a word??)
I have wanted to use metallic thread on one of my quilts for a while now, and I found the perfect Superior variegated metallic silver. Guess where? In my thread stash!! All of us have a thread stash, right? I think it’s a natural extension of my fabric stash….
All the colors in the quilt are in this thread. It’s as if it was made specifically for the AG version of Floating! I wish I could capture the way the thread shines.
There’s just the tiniest glint of sparkle when the quilt is moved. I was worried it might be too loud, but the look is very subtle.
Quilting with metallic thread on the longarm was a bit of a learning curve. The top tension needs to be lowered, and I had to stitch a lot slower than I’m used to. I’ve used metallic thread in my Sweet Sixteen and didn’t have nearly the tension issues as I did on my Fusion. I didn’t get a picture, but there were about 1-1/2 rows where the tension was so loopy on the back. Because of all the loops it was easy to unpick those rows and re-stitch them. It was a bit of a pain, but I would do it all again because I love the look.
In order to include as much AG fabric in the quilt as I could, I used the golden fabric from the Diving Board line for the back. It looks, and feels, so scrumptious. I almost caved and bought a generic wide-back from the quilt shop, but common sense immediately prevailed. Alison deserves better than generic backing!! The binding is the same gray fabric as the background.
As you can see from the two pics below, fabric choice really dictates the look of Floating.
See how different?
It feels almost like bragging to say how much I like this pattern. But then again, it’s my pattern and no one should love it more than me, right? 🙂 I am working on having printed copies in booklet form soon – I can’t wait!