Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nifty's Bow Ties

Last month I quilted two quilts for Nifty Quilts. She loves to make big quilts, and she must have an amazing stash of fabrics.  Here are some pictures of her Bow Tie quilt.

 The setting fabric is a shot cotton and I used a gold So Fine thread.  Shot cottons are a woven fabric made with two colors of threads, one color on the warp and one on the weft.  The gold thread was the exact match of one of the two threads that make up this fabric.

Wikipedia description (Warp and weft in plain weaving. In weaving, the woof (sometimes weft) is the term for the thread or yarn which is drawn through the warp yarns to create cloth. Warp is the lengthwise or longitudinal thread in a roll, while weft is the transverse thread. A single thread of the weft, crossing the warp, is called a pick.)   I love shot cottons that have two totally different colors, such as purple and orange.  This Shot cotton was gold and grayish brown.

 I stitched a swirling C with curves going into each corner of the block.  Hobbs wool batting really gives a nice finish to the quilting.

Look at the mix of prints and colors, it was such a joy to work on this top.  Although the quilting motif was repetitious, the colors just dance across this quilt top.

 Who doesn't love a polka dot bow tie? And you can see the subtle shimmer of gold in the setting fabric.  Shot cottons really allow the quilting threads to shine.

One last shot, just because................

 It's such a privilege to quilt someone's quilt top, I get to see, up close, the choices others make in the execution of pattern and design. It can push me out of my comfort zone sometimes, and for that, I'm thankful. 

Keep stitching,


Mimi said...

That is a great quilt and I love the choice of quilting that you did on it. I have to admit that doing other people's quilts can be very inspiring...color, pattern, etc. Nice job!

Lori said...

What a gorgeous quilt and the quilting!

Janet O. said...

What fun bow ties. You did a beautiful job on the quilting!

Karen said...

I find it interesting seeing all the different fabric choices in her quilt.

Nifty Quilts said...

Thank you for showing this quilt! I haven't yet taken a good photo, so I'm behind in showing it. I love the quilting you did. The swirls give movement and the flowers in the bowties tie the points down nicely so they won't make little volcanoes. You always do a beautiful job!! I love the quilting you did on the medallion too!!

Aunt Lizzie said...

Beautiful quilts! Awesome bow ties! Love the string piecing and Liberated style quilts! What a coincidence that I found your blog the same week I had been planning to teach the bow tie blocks, both flat and 3-D to my adult ed quilting classes. Now, I have another web-site to share with my students, and quilting friends for inspiration!

Warm Quilts said...

Great fabrics in this colorful quilt. The quilting is beautiful!