MCM #22 – Stained Glass and Hourglass

Over the weekend I finished the last of the client projects I’ve been working on and it feels so good to be caught  up.

Look at this beautiful stained glass window wallhanging:

Stained Glass Window Quilted Wallhanging

I knew as soon as I received it that I wanted to do radiating lines from behind the cross. The owner loved the idea and I was excited to get started. The only real decision to be made was the color of the thread. We auditioned four different threads, and a shimmery dark gold won. It was the perfect choice.

Gold Thread Stained Glass Quilt

I really hesitated to start the quilting on this project. The top is made from tie-dyed batiks and the texture of the fabric is different than quilting cotton. I was afraid the wrong needle/thread sizes would leave big holes in the fabric. I spent a lot of time talking to a local longarmer and practicing on scraps of the fabric.  Finally, I couldn’t put it off any longer and jumped in.

Stained Glass window Quilt

I’m so happy to report that there were no problems! I used a size 16 needle (new) and a #40 embroidery thread. The tension was good and I really like the way it turned out. This was a great quilt to work on. It allowed me to push myself out of my comfort zone and I’m a more confident quilter because of it. 🙂

Because I’m caught up at the moment, I’m going to take some time in my sewing room for myself this week. I’ve had the top of this hourglass quilt done for a while; I plan to quilt it this week and mark it off my WIP list.

Hourglass quilt

This is the first project I’ve used Fig Tree & Co fabrics in and I love the way they look. Hopefully this will be a finish I can share with you this week!

So that’s what I’m excited about on this Main Crush Monday. Looking forward to getting in my sewing room and doing some fun machine quilting! How about you? I would love to see what you are working on or what has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link up any blog post or Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

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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6 Responses to MCM #22 – Stained Glass and Hourglass

  1. soma1773 says:

    Beautiful projects. Have fun with sewing for yourself 🙂

    -Soma

  2. Jasmine says:

    Your quilting looks so pretty. Congrats on being caught up.

  3. Congratulations on being all caught up on client quilting work – I bet that is a satisfying feeling. I hope you have fun getting some sewing done for yourself this week and that you keep having happy customers! 🙂

  4. Great finish! Do you often quilt with embroidery thread? How does it compare to, say, a 50-weight cotton thread? I’d love to hear your thoughts! : )

  5. Susan says:

    I love your stained glass and the way you quilted it. The Hour Glass will be great. I really like the Fig Tree fabrics.

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