Look at this – Two in a Row!

Bet you didn’t expect to see another Friday Finish from me so soon, but surprise! – here it is!

Floating in Alison Glass

Isn’t it lovely? I’m soooo happy with this quilt. I love everything about it.

You guys know I was struggling to make a decision on how to quilt it. I’m always inspired by Angela Walters and thought I wanted to do something like she would do. But time constraints and a heavy workload meant I really needed to be a bit more concise.Β  After much sketching, deliberating, and waffling about I decided to keep the quilting simple and quilted straight lines about an inch apart. My longarming friend Liz encouraged me to do what felt right for me and her words were just what I needed to make a decision.

I’m glad I went with my gut. Straight line quilting gives a quilt such a modern feel, and when combined with these fabrics and this pattern it all works together fantastically (is that even a word??)

Floating Quilt in AG Fabrics

I have wanted to use metallic thread on one of my quilts for a while now, and I found the perfect Superior variegated metallic silver. Guess where? In my thread stash!! All of us have a thread stash, right? I think it’s a natural extension of my fabric stash….

All the colors in the quilt are in this thread. It’s as if it was made specifically for the AG version of Floating! I wish I could capture the way the thread shines.

Closeup of Quilting

There’s just the tiniest glint of sparkle when the quilt is moved. I was worried it might be too loud, but the look is very subtle.

Quilting with metallic thread on the longarm was a bit of a learning curve. The top tension needs to be lowered, and I had to stitch a lot slower than I’m used to. I’ve used metallic thread in my Sweet Sixteen and didn’t have nearly the tension issues as I did on my Fusion. I didn’t get a picture, but there were about 1-1/2 rows where the tension was so loopy on the back. Because of all the loops it was easy to unpick those rows and re-stitch them. It was a bit of a pain, but I would do it all again because I love the look.

In order to include as much AG fabric in the quilt as I could, I used the golden fabric from the Diving Board line for the back. It looks, and feels, so scrumptious. IΒ almost caved and bought a generic wide-back from the quilt shop, but common sense immediately prevailed. Alison deserves better than generic backing!! The binding is the same gray fabric as the background.

Binding

As you can see from the two pics below, fabric choice really dictates the look of Floating.

See how different?

It feels almost like bragging to say how much I like this pattern. But then again, it’s my pattern and no one should love it more than me, right? πŸ™‚ I am working on having printed copies in booklet form soon – I can’t wait!

I hope you have a great weekend. I’m linking up this week to Myra’s Finished or Not party, and Amana Jean’s Finish It Up Friday. Check out all the other great finishes!

 

 

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I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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14 Responses to Look at this – Two in a Row!

  1. Both quilts are beautiful β€” it’s amazing that they are from the same pattern. I love the straight line quilting.

  2. Bonnie in VA says:

    I was really “eyeballing” that quilt and comparing it to your sidebar pictures. WOW — what a difference the color placement makes. Quite a feast for the eyes too.

  3. Liz W. says:

    Woh, those 2 quilts are the same pattern? I wouldn’t have known! On closer inspection, it really is, but wow, they look *so* different and evoke such different illusions! A fantastic finish, I’m glad you went with your instinct and did straight lines, it is so modern and so beautiful!

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  5. Kate says:

    Congrats on a gorgeous finish! I really like the golden backing, its a perfect contrast to the cooler colors on the front.

  6. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Love this quilt and that you stuck with your plan to use the shimmering thread. It is a great pattern and so much fun to see in different fabrics.

  7. Your friend was right to advise going with your instincts – the quilting is a perfect fit for the quilt.

  8. Wow, it’s so beautiful!! Congrats on another lovely finish πŸ™‚ Those AG fabrics are just superb.

  9. Cocoa Quilts says:

    These are both beautiful. It is so hard to believe they are the same pattern.

  10. karenfae says:

    I love straight line quilting when I do a machine quilt – I think it is easier and I like the look

  11. It’s a beautiful finish, Beth, and I *love* the yellow backing. Straight lines can feel like cheating sometimes, but you know I’ll never knock straight line quilting. Beautiful finish and I love getting to see how different Floating looks in two different colorways.

  12. Wow that is pretty! I love the shapes and the colors! Just wonderful!

  13. Love the AG quilt, and I agree that the two quilts look so different it’s hard to see they are the same pattern! Neat!

  14. shoshana says:

    gorgeous, enjoy it… hard to believe that those two are the same quilt!!!

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