The completion of………………

Any project always brings mixed emotions. Satisfaction in the finishing/rescue of another vintage piece, the anticipation of “what’s waiting on the horizon” and bidding farewell to a “friendship” that grew as I spent all those delightful hours listening/getting to know this textile personality. This post contrasts the blank slate meet-up up to the border decisions. The feather motif option was the choice resulting in a 4” border design. A nice balance and frame for the stark white center. I always pull design elements from the focus piece to tie everything together. IMG_0485  The feather swirls were combined/accented by “flattening” the background/”negative space” with micro-stippling (closest to the vintage piece) and a ‘match-stick scribble’ (the outer edge space).  IMG_0487IMG_0486 IMG_0491  The above photo shows the binding applied. When stitching on a border, it is very necessary to mark where the 1/4” binding line will be so that the feather plumes won’t be cut off when the finish is trimmed and bound. IMG_0494 IMG_0496 The above photo was lightened to better show the final dark green border.IMG_0497

Thread: (top & bobbin) white-Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt & green- Isacord poly, 40 wt. Batting: (single layer) Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly.

Next up?? Hmmmmmmm………..

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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12 Responses to The completion of………………

  1. kathyreeves says:

    Yikes, that was a much bigger piece than I originally thought! It really is a piece of art. I love how you mirrored the curves of the original with the feathers. It is a beauty to be sure.♥️

  2. Mary Mell says:

    Soooo much talent! What you say is so true..I always say that I fall in love with each project in stages.. Stage 1..in love with my fabric choice Stage 2..in love with the pieces as I cut Stage 3..in love with the finished top/borders Stage 4..in love with the choice of quilt pattern,thread,backing Stage 5..HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH THE FINAL OUTCOME!

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    • treadlemusic says:

      Oh so well stated!! I so understand each phase you describe. Thanks so much for your sweet visit!!!! Headed home in a month…….weird winter here….but green!!! LOL! Hugs…….

  3. It’s hard to tell scale sometimes. About how big is this piece? 36 x 36? It is absolutely gorgeous. Where will this beauty live now?

    • treadlemusic says:

      The initial/center piece is 30″ square with a 4″ border, so 38″ finished, approximately. This piece will join several others for my upcoming season/year of trunk shows and workshops. After that…..???? LOL! Hugs…….

  4. Amazing! It has been such a joy to follow you through this work of art. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Susan, I’m so glad you enjoyed this journey. I’m never really sure of how it will unfold as I really don’t do extensive marking as some gals/guys do and there are those times when the piece speaks up and the plans change! LOL! Hugs………….

  5. witchylin says:

    Very pretty. The green sets the vintage piece off very well.

  6. catpatches says:

    Wow…that’s beautiful

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