Thursday, July 19, 2018

TGIFF and Batik Lap Quilt Finish

Welcome to this week's TGIFF - Thank Goodness it's Finished Friday! It's the place to share our great finishes 😊

My finish this week is a Batik Lap Quilt for a friend. This lap quilt is made of two Los Cobos Batiks charm packs (5 inch squares) by Moda and some squares from my stash. I also quilted it using Kimono Silk Thread, which I ran out of half way through!


This was the first time that I free motion quilted (FMQ) the same design all over the quilt. It was the feather meander design that I learned from Angela Walter's FMQ Challenge earlier this year.



Finished Batik Lap Quilt

Picnic shot of the Batik Lap Quilt
I finished quilting it on Tuesday evening and bound the quilt last night. I'm pretty sleep deprived today and I promise that I won't handle heavy machinery today :-)

This morning's photo session was a real treat - sunny but not too hot. I went to one of my favourite places to photograph my work, just outside of the building I work in. Even if the grass is yellow everywhere, the brick and grasses are always great for photographing quilts.
A peak at the back














Here's a close-up shot of the quilting. The FMQ went really well except when I was quilting on the lighter blue fabric - it was almost invisible and I had a lot of trouble seeing my feathers!
Close-up of the FMQ feather meander design
What I learned
  • This was a really great project to practice my FMQ. The feather meander design is really great.
  • By the end of the quilting though, I was getting a little bored and my feathers were getting pretty creative. I just may have to play with this a little more - who knows, I could come up with a variation of my own!
  • I've learned my lesson - this is the last time that I will buy only 2 charm packs for this kind of quilt. It sort of defeats the purpose when you still have to cut more squares. 
  • I was able to put this lesson to practice because I was the June OMG link-up's lucky winner a a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop. I bought 3 beautiful batik charm packs to make my next lap quilt. You see? Eventually lessons learned do stick (at least for a while). Thank you so much Patty of Elm Street Quilts and the Fat Quarter Shop for a great gift. 
Related Links
Linking Parties
I'll be linking this post to the July OMG linkup as soon as it opens 😊 as well as other great parties. Let's go see what's happening around the quilting world. Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, Friday Foto Fun, Free Motion Mavericks, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday, Moving It Forward, Linky Tuesday, Tuesday Colour Linky Party,

Great news! Batik Lap Quilt was featured on Free Motion Mavericks. Thanks Muv :-)
and on Midweek Makers. Thanks Susan!
Project Details


Batik Lap Quilt 3
50" x 47"
Materials: 2 Los Cobos Batiks charm packs and other batik fabrics
Technique: piecing and free motion quilting using feather meander design




28 comments:

  1. I love this bright quilt and the quilting compliments it quilt wonderfully.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa. I really enjoyed working on it - it's my favourite kind of quilt - easy to piece with lots of place to quilt :-)

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  2. What a lovely colourful quilt and so many lessons learned for one quilt :)

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    1. Thank you. Easy batik quilts are so much fun to make and give...and I try to learn from all of my quilts :-)

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  3. I've never machine quilted with silk before, great job! Thanks for hosting TGIFF

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    1. Thanks Paige. I usually use my silk threads for more artsy quilts but I couldn't resist and know that this quilt will be well taken care of.

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  4. Thank you for hosting TGIFF! Your quilt is so bright and pretty! A quilt like this is perfect for an all over quilting design!

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    1. Thanks Jayne, and I agree that all over was a good choice. It was nice to practice that one FMQ design!

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  5. Very colorful quilt - love it!

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    1. Thanks Susan! These are my favourite quilts to make - quick, easy and colourful!

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  6. I have done the same thing where I only bought two charm packs and got all frustrated when it wasn't enough. If you don't totally use that third pack, they will be worked into something else, I am sure. Great finish!!

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    1. Thanks Bernie. I always use that third pack. I like those lap quilts as big as possible to cozy up in :-)

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  7. Congrats on the finish. It looks wonderful.

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  8. What great rich colors! and they do look so great against the Gray ( Grey?) Congrats on the finish!

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    1. Thanks Alycia, they do look good against the grey! I have to admit that I hadn't noticed. And both version are correct - gray for the US and grey for UK and in Canada we do what ever we want :-)

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  9. I've heard great things about Kimono silk thread! I think it's time for me to try it, too.

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    1. Hi Becca, I do recommend it. I indulged a couple of years ago and joined Superior Thread's monthly club for Kimono. I wasn't able to keep it up for the full year, but I have a lovely collection :-)

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  10. Hello Andrée

    The colours in your lap quilt are gorgeous! Your friend is sure to be delighted with it. I love the way you ended up varying the quilting pattern as time went on. That's what makes FMQ so interesting.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your quilt is project of the week!

    Love, Muv

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    1. Hi Muv, how wonderful! I guess I've never quilted one pattern long enough to get bored :-) I'm glad I'm not the only one. Try to stay cool.

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  11. Such pretty FMQ! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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    1. Thanks Patty. I had a double motivation to finish it this month! Now on to the next finish :-) Have a great weekend and thanks again for hosting!

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  12. Such a bright happy quilt. Lucky friend who receives it.

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    1. Thanks Karen. I hope that it will keep her cozy on winter nights!

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  13. Super finish, I hope you are rested and recovered now! And congrats on the OMG win, can't wait to see your new purchases in action. :)

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    1. Thanks Dione! I've been reading a lot, so that would be my R&R. I've already started using part of my OMG win of off-white batik fat quarters for more background in the Kingfisher stitch along. I won't be using the charm packs until I promise someone a lap quilt :-)

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