Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mr. Chillingsworth!

Here is Mr. Chillingsworth.  I picked up the panel and a bunch of coordinating fabric back in 2015 when we were on our little road trip visiting some rural Alberta quilt shops.  And I added some "steam punkish" fabric that I have been collecting here and there.  And some bats.  I drafted the pattern but the general idea came from a free online pattern so I can't claim that I designed the quilt.  It's just blocks with 1" black sashing.  But I like it.  I made the top a couple of weeks ago at a retreat with friends, then finished quilting it a couple of days ago. I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I hung it up in the front entry last night for Halloween.

Here he is, locked and loaded on the frame.  As I usually do, I first stitched the ditch around all the blocks.  With this one, I used black Decobob thread.  I also outlined the black on Mr. C and the printed spiderweb.

Now we're into the regular quilting.  I wanted to do something in the black sashing.  I often just leave sashing unquilted when it is this skinny, but here I thought it wold be interesting to use a contrasting colour and do something a bit fancy to give it a steampunk feel (Victorian).  Now that I have ALL the Glide colours, I had plenty to choose from!  I chose "wheat", which was the closest I could find to Mr. C's background.  Then I used a nice little curly design (#89) from Tracy Russel's Freemotion Quilting 101 book.  And I did spider webs in the black cornerstones.  I am super happy with the way it turned out!

From there, I went on to quilt all the blocks.  Because they are all prints, I didn't want to spend a lot of time on them - can you actually see the quilting?  No - just texture.  I used all Glide thread - only a few colours - a couple of greys, black and wheat. Oh - and I did the stripes at the same time as I did the ditching so they are done with Decobob black - just a line down every other black stripe.

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