Friday, April 2, 2021

Almost a finish

     A number of years ago, I participated in a block swap with Barb. It was a bowtie block and we had to use grays and a bright fabric. I was happy with what I received and made it into a top. Which sat. And sat.
     In my resolution to make backs for all my tops, I made one for this and because it is a bit smaller than I usually make, I put it on the longarm this week. Although smaller (53" x 63"), it took a long time to quilt. The bowties were quilted with three diagonal lines (used a ruler, but I stink with rulers- they are always slipping on the ends) and the gray has small semi-spiral lines. The thin gray border had sawtooth triangles. The piano key border had square spirals that covered two keys at a time. I used Glide celery top and bottom. I think that this design flattened out the piano keys to be more subtle. The diagonal lines on the bow ties emphasized the changing directions, and the small scrolly lines lent a softness. I do not think an overall design would have achieved the result I was after. That is my story and I am sticking to it. 
     I have to put a binding on it and can't decide what fabric. When I get the binding on, I will photograph it so you can also see the back.

Blocks as received

Unquilted

Quilted, needs binding


14 comments:

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

It's a super bright and joyous quilt. I'll bet you feel fantastic using up the swap blocks which your friend made for you.

Pat said...

Love your bright and beautiful bow tie quilt!

KatieQ said...

I love that you used an asymmetrical setting for the bow tie blocks. The piano key border really spices it up.

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE that Trip Around the World setting you used for those Bowtie blocks, Linda!! I'll be looking forward to the finished photos.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

LOVE your quilt - the colors - the setting - and the quilting! - ;))

Deb said...

Wow who doesn't love a bow tie and that piano key border is wonderful! Great almost done!!! Stay safe and sew on

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Love it! Such a bright happy quilt.

Gene Black said...

The straight lines don't look bad to me. (They are kind of hard to see though.) Do you have "grippers" on the back of your rulers? I know that helps keep them from sliding on a domestic machine.

Pat McDonald said...

This quilt is beautiful someone will be very lucky to receive this quilt.
Pat McDonald

Mystic Quilter said...

Splendid use of the bowtie blocks, the resulting quilt is so very vibrant and I love the setting!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I was part of that swap and I think I even found 2 or 3 of my bow ties in your quilt top! Love your setting.

Marti said...

I love bowtie quilts and love the design you created with yours.

Barb said...

great setting. The piano keys border is wonderful.
Thanks for being in the swap!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great quilt! Those piano key borders make everything pop!