Friday Finish

Sleeve, check!

Hand sewing the binding, check!

Label, check!

Well then, it is finished!

(Read the previous blogpost on this mini here.)

Several Amy Butler fabrics from 2 different collections are combined. Also some other fabrics got thrown into the mix too.

The quilting was done with a silver metallic thread by Madeira: Metallic madeira, embroidery thread, no. 40, 1000m spool. (60% Viscose, 40% metallis Pes.) This thread feels very smooth, compared to the other metallic threads I used.

I used a grey very thin thread in the bobbin: the Invisafil thread by Wonderfil. It worked very very very well!  The thread is so thin, that I only had to reload the bobbin ONCE!!! LOVE that!

I lowered the top tension all the way to 0. The thread only broke two or three times during this whole project.  I also quilted a bit slower than normal.

I am really happy with the teeny tiny pebbles.

I also used a dark teal embroidery thread on the grey silvery fabric. This is a different kind of thread ; it was thicker and stretchy somehow. It is also made by Madeira. This thread was not easy to use as it unraveled before I could get it through the eye of the needle. (70%polyamide, 30% metallis. Pes.). I will not buy this again for quilting. But I used a regular foot for this little bit of quilting. It worked well. Again, the thread started to unravel before I could bury the ends.

The last metallic thread is a green peacock color metallic by Guterman Sulky. (60% polyamide, 40% Polyester). This thread worked okay, but I preferred the silver thread over all of these. This green  thread felt a bit more rough.

I had bought the Craftsy Class on piping and binding a while ago. ( ‘The Perfect Finish’: How to bind a quilt”)  It was a good class. Some things I already knew, but lots was new for me. I attempted to add piping to my quilt. I used a cotton thread I had found in a DIY store, as I could not find piping cord online. I had decided to prewash the cord so it would not shrink if this quilt would ever get washed. Great idea… but the cord actually distorted a bit in the wash. You can see that it is a bit ‘wobbly’.

I will be on the look out for the piping cord in the future. I will try to find the polyester cord that is recommended in the crafts class. I don’t think I will use the cotton cord again.

I used another Amy Butler fabric for the back, with a sleeve so Annett can put a dowel through to hang the mini quilt.

Quilt stats:

  • 21″ x 21″
  • fusible cotton batting
  • featuring little bit of Amy Butler’s newest line DreamWeaver on the front
  • pattern: paper piecing pattern “Humming”.
  • various metallic threads used for quilting, with Invisafil in the bobbin. 90/14 topstitch needle.
  • binding finished by hand, as is the label.
  • pieced and quilted on a Janome 7700.

Annett, this will be coming your way! 



P.s. Linking up with:

A Quilted Passion
Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Crazy Mom Quilts


30 thoughts on “Friday Finish

    • Thank you very much Camille for your kind words on my mini. I have tried to use some new techniques and push myself a bit out of my comfort zone. I think the Craftsy class on piping and binding helped with that.
      Have a lovely Sunday,

  1. Stunningly beautiful. Just love the multi dimensionality of this quilt and the small pebbles look like pearls.

    • Yes the pebbles look like pearls, indeed!
      It was a fun project to work on this week. I tend to work on smaller projects so I can see them finished instead of lingering in the WIP pile.

  2. This is a gorgeous mini! All of those metallic threads really add a beautiful dimension! Such great quilting too! I love the look of the piping with the binding. I didn’t know there were certain kinds of cord to use for piping… Now I’m off to do some research as I’ve been using a generic cord bought at the hobby store. I have no clue what it’s made of! Yikes!

    • Hello Christine,
      Well I don’t know much about piping cord either, just the teacher in the Craftsy class recommended a certain polyester cord of 1/16″ wide. I liked the thickness of my cotton cord, but it twisted and warped after washing it, and I didn’t notice it before it was on the quilt. I may have washed the cord too hot and the inner material might have shrunk more than the outer???
      The teacher talked about the cotton cord being more ‘clingy’ than the polyester. I have no idea if this would be important if we use piping once in a while. Anyway will be looking out for polyester cord from now on.
      Have a nice Sunday!

  3. Thank you for adding all the detail about the quilting thread, it’s so useful and means the rest of us won’t have to try all the ones that didn’t work so well! Wish I’d known it before I bought the silver Sulky I used on my last big quilt. Annett is so lucky, this is a fabulous little piece of art!

    • Thank you very much, Kate.
      I liked playing around with the metallic threads. I hope I will be able to do a bit more of experimenting with the metallics and write a blog post on them. I have some more here that I didn’t use on this mini. I still have to try the Wonderfil combined with the Invisafil in the bobbin. I also bought a spool of ‘Au Chinois’ at the quilt show in October. Maybe I can find some time for experiments next week. Firstly a very busy week coming up with an day trip to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and an Open Day at work on Saturday where we put an art exhibition on. Pffff, already tired just thinking about that! šŸ˜‰

  4. I love it already Esther… all of it: the pattern, the fabrics, quilting, these wonderful silverthreads, the backing fabric as well as the lovely label!!! Thank you so much!

  5. I can hardly type because my mouth is wide open, drooling, and also my heart may have stopped. Oh, and you took my breath away, too!

  6. So beautiful. Your quilting is just amazing. It sounds like you had quite the struggle with the marks and all from the previous post but the end result is stunning.

  7. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the different metallic threads. I am still looking for the ‘perfect’ one but you have given me some new (to me) ones to try.

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