I put the finishing touches on my first quilt of 2019 yesterday:
The Treehouse: 40″ x 50″ machine quilted/hand dyed cotton
This is is my first piece quilted on my new Babylock Coronet long arm. I quilted the entire piece with the exception of the black lines on the Coronet. It was my intention to use it to quilt the black lines but with the lines being so thin I just wasn’t feeling confident in my ability for such detail work yet. Stitching down the center of those black lines, some of which are barely a 1/8″ wide takes a lot of control and I need a lot more practice! So instead I just used my domestic Bernina like I always have with my other pieces.
I approached the construction of this quilt a little differently than I have done the other quilts in my black and white series. In those pieces I just free motion quilted the entire background randomly and then added the details. For this quilt, I traced the primary elements from my full sized pattern – the tree and the houses – onto the white fabric with a thin pencil line. Then I added quilting lines that complimented those particular shapes. For the tree I did some “bark” quilting and for the houses and did straight lines using each shape to guide the stitching lines.
I used a new to me thread for this piece. Usually I use Superior Threads King Tut or Masterpiece threads because I like to work with cotton thread but I recently got some Magnifico which is a 40wt 2ply high-tenacity trilobal polyester thread and I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did because it’s now my new favorite and will definitely be my go to thread from now on. I am amazed at the absence of lint after quilting this entire quilt! Yup, definitely my new go to thread from here on out.
It’s hard to see in the full shot above but I also added some little french knots to the ladder steps. The added hand stitched detail creates the illusion of nails in the wood steps. I just used a perle cotton embroidery thread for that. There are tiny little black buttons on the doors for door knobs.
Now that this quilt is done and off my work table it’s time to start thinking about which one I want to work on next…