We’ve so enjoyed following along with Wendy Sheppard‘s Thread Journey. It’s hard to believe the end is here! Ever since the beginning, back in June, we’ve anxiously awaited each post, anticipating the next round of instruction and grabbing sneak peeks at Wendy’s stunning quilting. Today, it’s all about the big reveal! This post is full of so much quilty goodness, we’re simply brimming with excitement. Also, we’re pretty sure that Wendy has some quilty super powers. We’d like to thank Wendy for her kind collaboration, for sharing her expertise with us, and for helping us to push the boundaries of our own quilting practices.
Hello Quilting Friends, I hope you have been well. Today’s post is my last post on our Thread Journey Quilt-Along. All in all, I put in about 52 hours on just the quilting portion of the quilt. It’s been fun and therapeutic for me to work on this quilt. I personally like the step of quilting the best in the entire process of making a quilt – because I like how quilting adds personality to a quilt.
I used the different colors from my Subtle Strings thread collection for constructing, quilting and finishing the quilt. Hopefully you will be able to see the additional subtle coloring on the quilt from using a variety of thread colors to quilt the quilt.
These pictures were taken after I completed the quilting, but not binding. But the time of day was right for me to take some outdoor pictures to highlight the quilting.
All the quilting you see is free-hand and free-motion quilted on my Bernina home machine. My own machine quilting journey actually started with learning feather quilting before I went back and learned the different background motifs. It was the desire to be able to quilt feathers that started me on my machine quilting journey.
I absolutely love this next picture because it show three of the Subtle Strings colors coming together.
When I first started quilting feathers, I actually drew out every single feather on the quilt. After quilting many, many, many feathers, I eventually was able to quilt my feathers free-hand. Nowadays, I might mark where I roughly want my feather spine to be if I am unsure, but I rarely follow the line exactly. You can sort of see what I mean in the following picture.
Here are a few more pictures.
One huge reason I like quilting is because quilting is an ongoing learning process in that I can look back and track my growth, so to speak. Looking at the feathers from one of my first feather pieces back in 2008, and compare them to the ones I just quilted on Thread Journey, I feel like my feathers now look like they aren’t too afraid to branch out and be adventurous.🙂
Lastly, you have seen the front pictures… how about a couple of pictures of the quilt back showing the Subtle Strings colors coming through?
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June 2: Thread Journey: Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard
June 16: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 1
June 30: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 2
July 14: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 3
July 28: Batting & Thread
August 11: Process of Quilting, Part 1
August 18: Process of Quilting, Part 2
August 25: Process of Quilting, Part 3
September 8: Process of Quilting, Part 4
September 15: The Finish! (Today!)
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Originally from Southeast Asia, Wendy came to the US for her tertiary education. After her degrees in Chemical Engineering, she worked in research in a wind tunnel for a spell. Nowadays, she is a stay/work-at-home Mom to a 7 year old. Wendy’s designs have been featured in major quilting publications, both home and abroad. She is also an author for Landauer Publishing, as well as an online quilting instructor. She is passionate about encouraging quilters to enjoy their quilting journey. During her free time, she loves to read history, and indulges in hand needlework.
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