A fun finish……………….

First posted here, is now done. Yay!!! Lots of photos…………..Connecting Threads 3 pc table topper 093

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Connecting Threads 3 pc table topper 080 

Connecting Threads 3 pc table topper 079

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Thread use: Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly..70 wt in both the bobbin and top thread. Love this thread! Feathers and McTavishing/echo swirls comprise the stitching motifs in the background. I outline stitched each of the fused pieces after stitching the edges with a machine blanket stitch prior to sandwiching and pin basting. The backing is a very nice quality natural muslin.

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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37 Responses to A fun finish……………….

  1. Debbierose says:

    Doreen – what a fantastic job – gorgeous

  2. Michele says:

    It’s just so beautiful! Congrats on a gorgeous finish.

  3. LB says:

    This is lovely! One of my favorites that you have made.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Ya know…….I think it’s one of mine, also. An example of “low volume” color choices (less contrast). Will have to check out my stash for other possibilities………..I see a “bunny trail” in my future!!! LOL!!!!

  4. mtetar says:

    Fun and beautifully finished. Blessings always, Mtetar

  5. Amy says:

    Love this! Simple, yet stunning. And the whole 3 pieces together is a cool idea!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Isn’t it, though??? I’ve not seen a pattern quite like it!!!! Very versatile/flexible!!!!!! I’m sure it would lend itself to many modifications to suit other applications.

  6. witchylin says:

    Happy 4th of July.
    Wonderful quilting.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thanks. The 4th was very quiet……spent at my brother/SIL’s lake home celebrating my mom’s 93rd birthday (which is actually ON the 4th!!). Great visiting. Hope your day was good as well and thanks for the “kudos”!!!!! Hugs……………..

  7. ivoryspring says:

    What an amazing piece – beautiful! You are such a star!!!!

  8. KerryCan says:

    This turned out so well! The stitching is perfect to accent the design and colors–I love those tiny feather shapes! And thanks for showing us photos of the back–that’s a get way to really appreciate the stitching!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Sometimes I really favor the back over the top side!! Muslin seems to be my “go to” for this reason. I’m glad you like it!!! Look forward to your next visit…….hugs………………..

  9. Amazing quilting Doreen!!

  10. Jackie says:

    I cannot believe the stitching detail…this is beautiful!!!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thanks, Jackie. Honestly…….it spoke and I listened. The only hesitation was in the typed of thread……a subtle off-white thread or a metallic. As you can see, subtlety won out!!!! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!!!!!! Have a great day……and bundle up(?)!!!!!!

  11. Fiona says:

    So beautiful… really lovely…

  12. Just WoW! Absolutely gorgeous!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you so much!!!!! Your enthusiasm is definitely felt here!!!!! It’s always so satisfying when a project comes together the way I had it in my mind!!! BUT……it’s like reading a very good book……..I want to get to the end but I don’t want it to end!!!!!!! The same feeling was with this topper! The next 3 are a lot larger so the process will linger a bit………..uber hugs coming your way…………………………………….

  13. So gorgeous! The quilting makes the blue sections pop. I would not be able to do that without wandering into the blue sections a time or two.

    • treadlemusic says:

      It does happen but when all’s completed…..the “whole” is what is viewed. I try not to dissect it or be too hard on myself but just relax and enjoy!!!!!! A ton of ‘stuff’ worked through in my head!!! LOL!!!!!! Thanks a bunch, I’m glad you came by ………………….. hugs………………

  14. Another stunning piece. God has gifted you with an incredible talent in the art of quilting, my friend.

    • treadlemusic says:

      It took these many years to find the medium……..interesting journey! I thank you for your kind words of encouragement, dear Journalistic Friend!!! Hugs….

  15. Pat says:

    Absolutely beautiful, wish I could do that, must take a lot of time and patience.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Quite a bit of “practice”/repetition leading up to this but, actually, it doesn’t take that long to complete. The small size of the areas make it a bit tedious but it is the type of stitching I really enjoy. Hours spent practicing/stitching/repeating the motifs is the ‘key’. Not necessarily long stretches at one time but some time spent every day (even 15 to 30 min) will make a huge difference in the skill level………..you would amaze yourself!!!!!! I learned by watching YouTube videos of FMQ, sketching in a artist sketch book that I bought and doing practice “sandwiches” that later became serged edged mugrugs!!!!! LOL!!!!! I will be leading a FMQ workshop in Spring Grove (MN) in August that, hopefully, will get some gals going on their DSM!!!!!
      Please come again…………………hugs…………………..

  16. The back is pretty enough to use just like that. Do you do much whole-cloth quilting? It is one more thing on my very long list…

    Hope you have a lovely no-rain day. Your flooding is making its way our direction, helped by our own 3-5″ of rain from Monday. No issues in our neighborhood but there is a major street closed now.

    • treadlemusic says:

      So sorry to hear of your flooding woes. I think you have gotten the brunt of the most recent downpours that came through IA!!! “They” say that the water should be receding but it is still holding well above flood stage.
      When I stitched this little trio, I suspected the back would really show off the stitching but I couldn’t see it done any other way (another one of those “it spoke to me” situations!!!! LOL!!!!). I have done some whole cloth quilts and I love them!!! The planning/marking takes a ferocious amount of time in some cases so I have approached them slowly. I do have one(s) coming up using Kaufman’s “Radiance” fabric (55% cotton/45% silk) but it’s only a small (min. 18″/max. 20″) project. Nothing has gelled for that one yet. It’s due in Sept. (which seems to be coming fast!!!!).
      Thanks so much for popping in!!!!! Hugs…………

  17. rosemarazzle says:

    Rosemary B here:
    Yay Doreen, this turned out so lovely.
    You really should consider moving to Virginia and live right across the street from me. that would be great. 😀
    I loved the quilt display from yesterday. You have such wonderful friends in your quilt club. They are such an inspiration. Still, I love that cow quilt from last week. That was ridiculously adorable.
    This is beautiful

    • treadlemusic says:

      If we didn’t have family in the immediate area (like right on the farm!) I/we would definitely be more mobile!!!! But…..wouldn’t we have some great times???!!!!!!???? I fell in love with Lexington,VA, when we passed through last October.
      The cow quilt idea is still one of my faves and must have struck a chord with many others, too, as that group has had many requests to display them. Have an awesome 4th! I do hope that the weather doesn’t present issues for too many along the East Coast. Stay safe!!! Hugs…………………..

  18. Jeanne says:

    Gorgeous!!! Your quilting is exquisite and absolutely perfect for this piece! I love the design with the separate ends. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Hey there!!! Thanks so much for your commendations. I wondered, earlier in the stitching, if I should have used a more “showy” thread but decided the “subtlety” is the theme of this topper rather than “bling”!! It is an interesting design, hmmmmm?
      I do hope your weekend is a nice one, also!!!! The weather is finally drying a bit (today will be the first day in a long time w/o any drippiness!!!). Hugs………….

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