It is my great pleasure to share with you the completed Stone Sheep Mini quilt today!
I put a lot of thought and time into alternate ways of finishing this mini quilt: should I stretch it across a canvas or frame it or put it in a shadow box? After exploring all my options, I opted for a black binding to frame the quilt. The mini quilt finishes at 11″ x 17 1/2″. This mini quilt is not for sale nor do I plan to enter it in any shows. I plan to hang it proudly on display in my home as a reminder of the amazing summer I spent with my husband in the arctic.
As a reminder, this is the photograph taken by my husband, Michael Fuchs, from which I was working to create this quilted/thread painted interpretation.
I did block the mini quilt one more time prior to finishing quilting the details in the face. I went back down a few shades from pure white to outline the left side of the face to help it stand out from the background white. In the same manner, I also made his left lip darker and filled in more fur details to the left of the forward horn. In all, I have over 20 hours of quilting this small piece. After I was done with the quilting, I used a warm, not hot, iron on the back side of the quilt to help flatten out distortion from the dense quilting. I was then able to trim the mini square and bind without any difficulty.
I opted to machine stitch on the binding. I do love handwork and hand binding, but with all the thread in the quilt, I did not want my hand binding thread to show through to the front of the quilt and I thought I would be most pleased with a machine binding. I can definitely tell that my machine binding technique has improved over the years.
I also think it’s a bit weird to see the quilt from the back; it’s odd to see the sheep facing the right instead of the left. Overall, it’s a pretty remarkable mirror image, isn’t it?
I wouldn’t have been able to make this quilt without these 14 spools of Aurifil thread:
- 50 wt 2692 (Black)
- 50 wt 4241 (Very Dark Grey)
- 50 wt 2630 (Dark Pewter)
- 50 wt 6736 (Jedi)
- 50 wt 5004 (Grey Smoke)
- 50 wt 2620 (Stainless Steel)
- 50 wt 2600 (Dove)
- 40 wt 2340 (Cafe’ au Lait)
- 50 wt 2326 (Sand)
- 50 wt 2312 (Ermine)
- 50 wt 2000 (Light Sand)
- 50 wt 2309 (Silver White)
- 50 wt 2021 (Natural White)
- 50 wt 2024 (White)
For a complete recap on the process I used to create the mini, please visit my earlier posts:
Linking up with Cheryl’s October Favorite Finish Linkup.