Friday, June 16, 2017

Twist N Scrap


Whoop, whoop! Twist N Scrap is a finish. I started piecing this quilt back in July, so it is almost a year in the making. For me, that's a looooong time.


I was discouraged with this piece because the background fabric turned out to have quite a bit of polyester in it. I didn't know how it would quilt up, or how it would shrink in the wash. So it ended up being tucked away, out of sight, out of mind.


When I was straightening up some drawers last week, I came across the finished flimsy again and decided to use it for some FMQ practice. I figured I would know pretty fast if the quilting was an issue. I chose a sort of Maltese cross motif for the background and got to work. The poly blend fabric has a tighter weave than quilting cottons, so the needle made more popping, punching sounds in areas like the very center of the crosses where lots of seams come together. Other than that, though, things went pretty smoothly.


In each of the square interlocking "pretzels," I tried various other fillers. I think the hearts in this red fabric turned out pretty well. I was inspired by Fiona's heart quilting over on Bubz Rugs. Most of the other fills are simpler than the hearts: easy back and forth, loop-de-loops, and stippling. 


I think the Maltese cross looks cool in the corners, where only a quarter of the shape shows. Since the whole piece is super scrappy, I used more scraps for the binding. This black, gold and royal blue bit is my favorite.


The backing is all flannel, so it's very soft and snuggly. That turquoise blue has a butterfly motif.


It's our last day in the boatyard in New Orleans. They are finishing up the last little bits of paint touch up, so there are spots of wet paint everywhere. It made it tricky to find place to take photos without making a mess of both quilt and boat! Several worrisome weather systems are spinning up, so it's high time for us to skedaddle out of the hurricane zone. 



Edited to add a post-washer and dryer wrinkly crinkly shot. I'm doing a little happy dance with how all the different fabrics played together! Flannel, quilting cotton and poly-cotton blend all shrink differently, but displayed excellent teamwork in this little quilt.

19 comments:

Joanne said...

Beautiful quilt.

Kat said...

Nice! Your fmq looks lovely!

Claudia said...

Love it! Especially the post-washer.

Mystic Quilter said...

Definitely worked out well! Hope you make good progress leaving the hurricane zone - where to next??

Cathy said...

What a lovely quilt! I've used poly-cottons when using old vintage sheets and have had no problems to date, although I still prefer 100% cotton. Safe travels!

Lynn said...

Just wonderful - great use of scraps and the quilting looks really good. Congratulations on another lovely finish.

piecefulwendy said...

What a fun quilt, and I think you chose some great designs for the quilting. I really like that crinkly look after washing. Hope you travel safely!

Vicki in MN said...

You do have a mix of fibers in there, but looks like they play pretty nicely together. Glad you were able to finish it up-alywas a plus. So where are you headed to next then?

Needled Mom said...

Yes, I'd say it is time to get out of that area with those stirrings out there.

Your quilt came out so well with the different fabrics. The quilting looks great.

Paige said...

What a fantastic scrap quilt, Louise! I just love all the different quilting motifs!

PaulaB quilts said...

Your quilting has made the simple design really special. I love the quilted hearts.

JanineMarie said...

I keep looking at these pictures trying to figure out how the blocks go together. Such a wonderfully complex design. I'm glad those fabrics all played nicely together. The last picture is spectacular. It really shows off the quilting. Safe travels! I catch up on Sean's blog every once in awhile and really enjoy following your adventures, schadenfreude and all!

joanne w said...

Your FMQ is great, and I love all your glamour shots around the boat.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I too like how all the colors csne together! So glad you finished it.

KaHolly said...

Wow, a practice quilt that came out perfectly! I do like that pattern, too. A little stash buster, to be sure. Did it whip right up? Can you remember back that far! Hope you move on before the weather turns nasty!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Terrific finish -- and your plan to test some FMQ motifs worked really well. Love that final photo post-laundry.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Your quilting is lovely, you made a great job of it. I love the wrinkly crinkly shot, it washed great. Congrats on yet another finish.

Bonnie said...

This quilt is wonderful. Your quilting is spectacular. I assume it's done on your domestic machine? I sure hope you got away from the hurricane. It is really wide.

Muv said...

Hello Louise,

I love this quilt! Often when I put away a project for a while and then finish it later it turns out much better than I had hoped. Looks as though it worked out the same way for you. It's gorgeous!

Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks.

Love, Muv