Sunday, November 30, 2014

Muse - Ta Da!


I've named this quilt Muse. The pattern is called Consider, and soonest I will be ready to get this pattern to my pattern testers and then release it for any of you who might want to make her. The pattern was inspired by the work of Josef Albers, as was my pattern called Canvas.


Muse is made of purple and pink Kona cottons and Kona Snow. She is about 54" square and was quilted heavily. That kitten is Sundance, the smaller of the two brothers, and he is now about 4 months old.


I used my APQS Millennium Long Arm Quilting machine to quilt Muse. I hand guided the machine - no computer or pantograph was used. The centre motif is matchstick quilted in a few variations and the border is quilted less densely.


I used Aurifil and Superior King Tut 100% cotton threads in a variety of colours.


The small purple and pink rectangles are each the same fabrics. From a distance you get a bit of the optical colour change that the Albers paintings studied but up close the effect is mostly gone.


For the back I chose three print that I love. Next time I will make an effort to match the print in the middle - I did not even try and it would have been easy to do. The binding is more Kona Snow and was handstitched down on the back.


The piecing at the bottom of the centre motif is straight, the quilt just hangs a little wobbly, and I am thinking a bit of blocking would fix that. The wobble is caused by the change in the density of the quilting and its effect on the draw in after a wash and dry. All these photos of Muse are after a wash and dry.


While I was photographing Muse, the kittens came to help. Sundance, above, climbed onto my quilt Sunset, which I had set on a chair to hang up Muse.


And I turned around and Butch was sitting still and in the window. That is the best photo I have managed of either kitten so far. The brothers are about 4 months old now.

A Lovely Year of Finishes 

Muse was my November goal in A Year of Lovely Finishes so I will also go and link her up there.


 I'm going to show Muse off at some other linkup. First at Monday Makers with my friend Aylin.