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I like the back best and jacket

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Back of repeat practice piece

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Design It, Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques taught by Cindy Needham

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Category Quilting
Type Clothing
Style Romantic
Deb Cavanaugh on

What materials did you use? In the jacket I used a very very thin polyester for batting and cotton for the rest

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What are you most proud of? This is the same design as the red wholecloth but I changed the star quilting pattern to have a round motif at the tip of the feather instead of a point. While I was doing it, I started thinking of a wholecloth jacket. I had bought a standard pattern at a quilt expo a couple months ago. The jacket needs the binding on the bottom and some hand stitching on the collar but it fits and I am so happy to have a wholecloth jacket, the first of many I hope. Thank you Cindy for teaching me to divide it up into small parts especially in the designing. There is a 38" stencil for the circles and the small arcs on the edge. I put the motif high enough in the back so it would not be a bullseye in the center of my back. Some is cut off in the neckline but it needed to be centered above the shoulder blades to look good. The center of the motif is also right on the seam of the sleeve top. I marked the pattern piece on my fabric and then put another 3/8" to be quilted all around. I knew the quilting would shrink the fabric up. That worked well. I had to think a little how to get the quilted band without getting any batting in the seam. I made my six inch band of a small strip of unquilted fabric to look like a binding, then the quilted piece, the a longer unquilted strip that acted like the binding and the facing combined. I sewed the binding/facing strip to my jacket turning the rest so the unsewn edge is on the front. I have to hand stitch the binding to the outside of the jacket by hand yet. The back of the second experiment was so pretty I am going to use it as the front. And it has a home already at a local assisted living. I hope have it finished to give it to them when I show quilts there next Monday.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? The jacket took a long time to quilt. I made sure the pattern fit first. Then remember the quilting will shrink up the size of your pieces

Deb Cavanaugh on

Quilting envy!!! I'm with Cindy! Absolutely stunning.

11/01/2012 Flag

Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing.

11/02/2012 Flag

Wow, this is just beautiful. I am envious - I don't know that I could come anywhere close to something like this or that I would even try. Gorgeous.

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12/02/2012 Flag

WOW! I do a lot of free motion quilting but I believe you can never know enough. I'm going to take this class to learn even more. Such great detail!

01/02/2013 Flag

And taken apart, it is 8 diamonds with the same forming the center and then just circles of feathers. But it is the light and shadow that help bring it out. Cindy will teach you that. And she will teach you to take a design like this that looks overwhelming into it's small parts and see that it is really a very simple pattern. Loved her class.

01/02/2013 Flag

Thanks for the info. I

01/02/2013 Flag

Thanks, I'm looking forward to the class!

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