Common Threads Quilt

Sunday, October 26, 2008







Jon was away for the weekend on a backpacking trip, so I spent most of the weekend basting, quilting and binding my Common Threads quilt. It was nice to have a large block of time set aside to finish up this project. And, it was equally nice to be able to finish up two big quilt projects in two consecutive weekends and clear up this unfinished business from my sewing room!



I was under a little bit of pressure with the quilting, because the new fabric marker that I bought was disappearing ink, not washable ink. By yesterday afternoon, I was really straining to see the last remnants of the lines while I was quilting.

I had a lot of help this weekend from my two little kitty friends. They were partially acting like they wanted to hang out with me and partially waiting by the side door wondering when Jon would arrive home.



I did the majority of the quilting in the loopy line style seen in this wedding quilt from glittergoods. The distance between my lines of squiggles was 2.5". I used red thread on the white top and bottom of the quilt. Then I stippled the individual blocks with white thread. This part really pained me to do because it meant quilting over some of the embroidered details that a few of the blocks had. In the end I was glad that I did it because it blends in with the quilt and it makes the blocks look like they all belong to the quilt.



I used a red and white polka dot fabric for the binding and then black fabric for the backing. The quilt was made for a full-sized bed and is approximately 80" x 90". It fits our non-puffy, non-pillowtop mattress perfectly.



Here it is resting peacefully in our guest room. The little kitties made themselves right at home and made me thankful for using black fabric on the back of the quilt where all of their white hair won't show up!



20 comments

  1. This is fantastic. No, really. It's FANTASTIC.
    I'd be terrified to try it myself - especially with red thread on white and black. You are very brave!

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  2. This is lovely, really beautiful quilting. I am so impressed with all that you are getting done lately!

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  3. Oh wow oh wow oh wow.
    Just laid out it's nice, but not stellar - but on the bed? Oh wow.
    Truly inspiring, thank you for sharing!

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  4. love the polka dot binding.
    the block layout is smart. I need to start formulating a plan for my month.

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  5. Aww, the kitties are under the quilt on the last picture??? I missed that when I saw this in Flickr - too cute!

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  6. it's so beautiful! i'm enjoying seeing your finished quilts.

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  7. your quilt turned out so great! nice job!!! I bet it feels good to finish 2 quilts back to back. woo-hoo!

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  8. Are those the kitties under the quilt? My cats do that everytime I make the bed. I love this quilt and the quilting you did on it. Congrats on another fantastic quilt. It is really inspiring.

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  9. Wow! Your quilt looks great! You make me want to finish up some projects...

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  10. soo soo pretty!! i love your guest room, and that quilt looks great in there!

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  11. De-lurking to say that your quilt looks beautiful, and even more so when seen on that cool black bed! Great job!

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  12. I love it, I love it, I love it! I love the squares contrasting with the white fabric and all your loop-de-doops!

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  13. i'm glad i came to see it again. i love the loopy quilting. i may try some samples to see if i can do that. it's fabulous. i love the red thread too!

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  14. Your quilt turned out so nice. I really like the loop quilting; I need to give this a try sometime.

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  15. this one looks great too! You are so productive!

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  16. It turned out great, Rebekah! I love the quilting that you did, from a distance it looks like handwriting. It looks perfect on the bed. Great job! :~)

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  17. i particularly enjoyed the photo with the adorable cat. :)

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  18. Wow I love the framed pictures of Japan (?) can I move in?

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