Out of the Woods was my final quilt in my “to be quilting upon return from QuiltCon” queue. I completed it a week ago and this time I took my husband with me into some green rolling hills for a photo shoot. He was a wonderful and patient quilt holder.
This large graphic quilt was really asking for a lot of quilting detail, and my recently acquired box of Aurifil thread came in handy! I purchased 2 large spools of Aurifil 50wt that color coordinated with the sky and lighter green / smaller mountain when I made my initial fabric purchase, and I was thrilled I was able to color match to the remaining fabrics using the Drift collection.
For the sky, I selected 50wt Light Robins Egg (2710), for the border and binding I used 50wt Delft Blue (2730), for the larger mountain I used 50wt Light Jade (1148), for the smaller mountain I used 50wt Medium Mint (2835), and for the sun I used 50wt Medium Butter (2130). The thread blended in perfectly leaving behind only wonderful texture after the quilting and wash!
I wanted to use another new (to me) quilting pattern for the sky that I learned from Angela Walters, swirl chains. So I practiced a bit with pencil and paper before starting on the quilt. As you can see below, I even made sure to practice how I was going to quilt into the corners of the sun pattern. As I was practicing, I realized that I wanted to use the swirl chain without the additional paisley that she sometimes uses for filler. To me it kept the swirls representing wind and all the amazing air currents that glider planes around our area take advantage of to stay aloft and flying for 11-12 hours at a time.
In combination with Carolyn Friedlander’s awesome Sky print from the Doe line, I think the quilting detail creates an awesome texture and depth for the sky.
For the sun, I chose to quilt small pebbles and swirls to give a boiling texture. My hope is that the swirls kind of represent solar flares and other solar activity and that the dense quilting texture gives the sun a fun texture to run hands over when snuggling under the quilt.
As you may have seen in my free motion quilting tree tutorial on Tuesday, I also developed a pattern to use specifically for the large mountain on this quilt. As the quilt is named “Out of the Woods”, I felt that the mountain needed a forest. Because I was already using a lot of back and forth lines for the quilting (in the borders and as a filler around the swirl chains in the sky), I thought having the style continuity in the tree design was a nice touch. I kind of just made up the pattern in my head one afternoon, gave it a few practice sketches, and just went for it.
I varied the size of the trees as I moved down the mountain to hopefully give a bit of perspective change. The trees at the top are about a third of the size of the larger trees at the base of the mountain.
Laying the quilt out on top of grass and wildflowers created a wonderful ripple and texture in combination with the setting sun. 🙂
For the smaller mountain in the foreground, I chose to use really dense matchstick quilting. Most of the hills around our town are covered with paths made by grazing cattle, and those horizontal lines create a really interesting visual texture. My goal was to try to recreate that, and again I kept the lines tightly spaced at the top of the mountain and then grew them further apart farther down the mountain to give a feeling of size and a slight 3D effect.
Because the back of the quilt is a print, the quilting does not stand out as dramatically as it would had it been a solid fabric, but because I matched the bobbin thread to the thread on top, the lighter green and yellow thread are recognizable from a distance on the quilt.
Up close, the quilting shows up much better on the back.
Out of the Woods – Quilt Time
- Design: 4 hours
- Top Piecing: 4.5 hours
- Quilting: 11.75 hours (55%)
- Binding: 1.25 hours
- Total: 21.5 hours
Out of the Woods – Quilt Shrinkage
- Flimsy Finish: 71-inches wide by 80-inches long
- After Quilting / Binding: 69.75-inches wide by 79.75-inches long (~2% shrinkage)
- After First Wash: 65.5-inches wide by 75.5-inches long (~8% shrinkage)
Out of the Wood – Materials
- Carolyn Friedlander, Botanics, Hand Drawn Stripes in Fern
- Carolyn Friedlander, Botanics, Foliage in Fern
- Alison Glass, Sun Print Mercury in Yellow
- Carolyn Friedlander, Doe, Breeze in Sky
- Carolyn Friedlander, Botanics, Graph Paper Garden in Blue
- 108″ Essentials Diagonal Dots Wide Quilt Backing – Blue/Purple
- 50wt Aurfil Thread (2710, 2730, 1148, 2835, and 2130 for quilting and 2610 for piecing)
- Quilter’s Dream Green batting
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