Thursday, January 14, 2010

It 's quilted!


Well it's finally off the frame, which is a relief. I can't believe how much I have learned from this piece. I am pretty happy with how it came out especially as it was intended as a proof of concept. I am happy the the other designs I have planned will work and that they do need to be on this scale. Hmm, that's going to take a while, but I am looking forward to doing them. I won't be starting until the zippers are on though. The quilt has also gained a name, "Greek Fossils". It seems a good enough name (and the quilt hasn't argued) so that's going to stay. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to working on something where you can see your progress as you go along and on a minute by minute scale.I don;t know how many hours went into this, and frankly, I don't want to.

I've just realised the larger picture doesn;t show much detail, the in progress posts do. Try this one, or this one.

17 comments:

Vicki W said...

It's really beautiful and I can't wait to see what's next!

Sue said...

It is totally stunning work - you should win an award for perseverance as well as for creating beauty.

Stacy Hurt said...

It's truly jaw dropping. Most inspiring work! I'm so wondering if I could accomplish maybe a small one on my domestic :) Then again, I've done those little circles before & it took weeks to uncross my eyes! Maith Thu!

Ferret said...

I think it might actually be easier on a domestic machine. The small movements are often easier moving the fabric than moving a large machine. It would also be easier to do a little bit then do something else. I won't tell you it will be quicker (I'm pretty sure it won't be) but it may be easier and is certainly do able.

I think I might need locking up for insanity, but I am pleased with it :)

Busty LaRue said...

That is so beautiful! You do fabulous work. I can't wait to see what you do next :)

Babs Banter/QUILTECH said...

No other word for it but FABULOUS!!

Dormouse said...

Oh that is stunning. The amount of work involved is boggling but it was certainly worth it.

A while back I was playing using those little pebbly circles as fill on a tiny piece and it took forever. You rock! :)

Penny said...

Yes, it's a stunning piece - hope to see it IRL at some point.

Anonymous said...

When /if is this project to be shown to Jo Public - I've no doubt it will be awesome in the flesh.

Jenny

jan said...

Ferret, it is not often this happens, but I am Speechless.

jan said...

OK, I've got over it, but truly, what can you say about this Fabulous piece of work, again I am in awe of your work. Thank you for sharing. Are things like this in your book????
Jan

Ferret said...

Hi Jan, no this isn't covered in the book I have out at the moment. The current book is a sampler quilt that covers lots of my ways of making traditional blocks, quilt as you go and a bit of design.

The book I currently have in the pipeline covers art quilt techniques. The one after that will cover quilting. I seem to have an ever growing list of things to do but no extra time to do them in :) I will get to it as soon as I can.

Trish said...

That is breathtaking. The amount of work is so evident and something like this is a such a piece of art. I just found your blog and I am an avid reader now. Can't wait to see what's next!

jan said...

Hi Ferret,
I think I will wait for your next one then as I really love how you quilt, although I only have my old Bernina, I give it a go, I am longing to have a go at a full size quilt, well, best say wall-hanging, in your way of quilting, umming and ahhing over the fabric to use though, I don't really want to use plain, but then I would want the quilting to show up clearly, may have to buy a complete stash of fabrics then be able to choose from them, cos of course you can only see it right when it is in your hot little hands...well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Off to view this 'space' !!??!! fabric...
jan

jan said...

PS
I don't suppose you do Private lessons do you??? Just a thought. I would have you come to my group, but, not sure I would get enough people, they scaredy cats.....
jan

Ferret said...

Hi Jan, yes I do give private lessons. The last time a lady didn't think her group would go for it she actually ended up with quite a decent number of people. Like you she wanted the class and decided to book it anyway and split the cost with who ever wanted to join.

If you want to arrange one, the best thing to do it give me a call (my number is on my site) or email me with your phone number.

Ferret said...

Any fabric that reads as a solid will make a good wholecloth. So subtle prints are all fair game as are hand dyed fabrics. If you don't want to dye your own Vicki W who posted the first comment on this post sells some as do Heidi Stoll Webber, and Ricky Tims.

Another option which I really like it so use cotton sateen. It's plain but shiny. Although I have just found some with a stripe in, I'm not sure how that will work out. A good place for cotton sateen is

http://www.christianlanequilters.com/home.html