TGIFF! - Canadiana à la Hudson's Bay
|Buoy in St. Andrews-|
My finish this week is about six months in the making, but has been on my wish list much longer. The Hudson's Bay Company's point blankets have an interesting and not-always-positive history. I had one as a child and although I loved the colours, I always found the wool too itchy. Why not try the design in a quilt?
There were a couple of things that stumped me with this one, the first being that I wanted to match the thread to the colours on the front and was worried about the coloured top threads showing up on the back. Also, I was unsure how to keep the back stripes perpendicular and square to the front ones and how to keep the tight horizontal straight-line quilting from distorting the vertical stripes on the back. I hemmed and hawed, wondering if there were some tricks or techniques I could use, but ultimately I knew that I had to baste very carefully and just do it.
And done it is! Woo hoo!
|Front - Canadiana|
|Back - Canadiana|
|Detail - Straight-line quilting|
For the straight-line quilting in the off-white areas, I tried using a hera marker to help mark the straight line. Not successful on white or such a wide quilt. I kept losing where the line was. Once again, I forgot to use the little straight-line quilting guide that came with my walking foot. D'oh!
|Distortion on |
the back from
|Back - Flips on the monkey bars|
For the colour pops of thread on the back that I worried about, I tightened the top tension just a little bit so that the top thread wouldn't show on the back -- it worked very well!
Now I have my own soft, cuddly HBC point blanket quilt! And you can too. I posted the instructions for the top back in May and I will post the material requirements and instructions for the back and binding of this quilt soon.
Now it's your turn, fine people! Link up those fab finishes, grab a glass of something fine and give thanks for the week that was.
- Your quilty project must be completely finished (As much as we love celebrating quilt tops or completed blocks, they will not be eligible for the prizes).
- You may enter more than one finish and even more than one finish each week. Just add a link for each finish to one of the linky parties.
- Your post/photo on Flickr/Picasa must have a link back to the TGIFF! site and the particular party you are participating in.
- Link up your quilty finish in any of the TGIFF! linky parties this month:
- October 5 - Janice @ Better Off Thread
- October 12 - M-R @ Quilt Matters
- October 19 - Jenelle @ Echinops and Aster
- October 26 - Lynette @ What a Hoot
I'm also linking up with Sew Modern Monday at CanoeRidge Creations. Some great modern inspiration over there!