Monday, April 3, 2017

Gravity Quilt No. Three

Geraldine was given my name by a lady in my quilt guild - the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild.  This is a great group of ladies and I love this guild!  But I don't know everyone's name and this person's name was not familiar to me so Karen if you see this post, please introduce yourself to me the next time you see me at a meeting!  And thanks for the reference...  

Now - back to Geraldine's Gravity Quilt.  These are really cool quilts so it's not surprising that so many people want to make them.  As noted, this is the third one I've quilted.  I don't tend to refer to previous ones for a couple of reasons - I don't want them to be identical and it takes extra time to find the pix, etc.  Having said that, after three, I've got a few design motifs stuck in my mind so there are some familiar patterns here.  At the same time, there are significant differences. especially in the grey borders, which actually account for a majority of the quilt area.  Honestly - I get bored with doing the same thing, so the borders for sure are different for each of the three quilts.  

Here goes with the pix....


























Geraldine had some of the fabric left so she put it together for the backing, which features a line of the coloured fabrics.




A thread note if you're quilting this quilt.  I've approached these quilts in a couple of different ways.  I've done all of one colour before moving to the next colour - using the same thread for several blocks (e.g., a blue thread for all the blue or bluish blocks).  For this quilt, I worked from the top down, centre to edge, so essentially changed thread for each block.  With so many thread changes, I didn't bother changing the bobbin thread - I think I used a cream colour on the back for the coloured blocks, and a light and dark grey bobbin for the grey blocks - depending on whether they were light , dark/grey or black.  For these big quilts I'm going back to attaching the top to the top roll bar.  I've just had too many issues with floating/basting.  This quilt went swimmingly - absolutely no issues.