I have made a good strong start on my spiral galaxy quilt. I am using several pictures found on NASA’s gallery of pics of M101, aka The Pinwheel Galaxy as my model. This is for inspiration and to get a good spiral galaxy look. I will not be making a picture of this particular galaxy…it will be my homage to these gorgeous galaxies. Here’s one:
Sew I have been thinking about making this quilt for over a year now, and decided I needed a quilt for the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE) this September because I have plans to go to that show. It’s nicely in driving distance and I have a friend who lives close enough for me to stay with her. She wants to come and see it too. The deadline is August 15th!!!!! Yikes!!!!!.
The advantage to making this quilt on the fast track is that I have thought it through for some months and collected all the pieces. I knew exactly how I wanted to approach it. The time consuming part of this quilt is figuring out how to do it, quilting it, and adding the crystals. I think I can make the deadline. I first made a practice study to help me not only practice before quilting, but make decisions on threads and patterns. Here that is:
So I decided on black 40 weight Superior Magnifico for the main swirl, Superior monopoly for quilting the spinoffs, Isacord 40 weight rusty number 1335, and 100 weight black silk for the background stippling. I have hot fix crystals in three sizes, in ab crystal, blue, and pink. I am planning on A LOT of crystals. Here’s a close up of one of the spiral galaxies…look at how many stars there are that look like crystals, and no, I won’t get anything like that, but it gives you an idea of why it needs a lot of crystals:
I got the background black fabric painted with an underlay paint of thin white to give the white, pink, and blue Angelina Fibers some help. Then I made the Angeline Fiber applique in a couple of days and sandwiched the quilt … black back, black 80/20 Hobbs batting. the top, the Angelina Fiber applique (which is only sewn down during quilting), and topped it all with a black nylon bridal veiling and pinned it together.
Now here’s the thing that makes it potentially possible for me to meet this deadline…Fritz! Yes, my new Q20 is really fast. I also obtained a couple of sets of Lisa Calle’s pro echo rulers in long sweeping curves to help me quilt the main spirals. Actually, I got that done and this morning I picked out and restitched the couple of problem spots, but they weren’t very much. I was surprised by that. The ruler work really did make it go smoothly and quickly.
I just started the vast amount of organic quilting. This will take some time, but I have several weeks. After quilting the swirl gas clouds, I have the organic looking rusty dust streaks that go with the swirls (take a look at the two NASA pictures, and I think you’ll see what I mean). That will probably take another week. That’s three weeks to complete the quilting. That will leave me time to bind it and get it photographed and an additional week to fix problem spots if needed (I really hope it isn’t).
So I believe I will make the deadline and it will be a fun quilt to show my friend in Pennsylvania (and elsewhere) if it is let in the door. LOL
Sew happy everyone! Try a fast track quilt once in a while just to see if you can do it and for fun (but don’t stress out over it).