Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers, designed by Jan Patek is finished! It was an idea that I blogged about here. It measures 78" square and only took 5 years to get it completed! I feel so good having this one finished and I'm quite happy with it.
All the fabrics, except the outer border backgrounds were in my stash at the time I was picking them out. Well, I think I did buy some orange pieces as I didn't have much of that.
I quilted it totally free hand as I hate marking quilts. When I started, the only idea I had was to put veins on the large leaves.
I quilted spirals in the center of the flowers and then just made lines around the other section. All the appliqués were quilted around.
I had no idea how to quilt the triangles in the inner border so I just did lines in the middle triangle and sides. Then quilted loops in the green ones.
I used a variety of Sulky threads to quilt on the appliqué pieces which were stitched on with zig zags.
For the border background I quilted a variety of things: feathers, swirls, stippling, etc. The backing was found in a thrift store not knowing it would be perfect for this quilt. While I was quilting this I kept track of my time and figured out it took approximately 16 hours to do the quilting. I also used 11 bobbins of cocoa Essential Pro thread from Connecting Threads.
My next project is quilting the round robin from my quilters guild. I decided to quilt it with a Baptist fan design and I'm using Barb Vedder's large baptist fan template.
I'm using Superior Threads Fantastico purple variegated thread for the top and white Essential Pro for the bobbin. This one is going a lot faster than the Oak Leaves quilt because the fan quilting is large.
Two of my grandsons started school in Virginia yesterday and school for Abby starts Sept. 6 here in Oregon. My oldest GS will be a junior in college. I'm looking forward to cooler weather, although we have had a more pleasant summer this year than the 2 previous ones.