I finished this quilt a few days ago and had to wait for the rain to let up before I could get some photos.
This quilt is beautiful!!! It was a Block of the Month by Sylvia Pippen called Hawiian Orchids. The background fabric is solid black, but it photographed a lot lighter than it actually is.
Click on any photo for a larger view. The photos really don’t do the quilt justice!
Here is a closer view to show the piecing and quilting. Because the piecing and embroidery was so striking, I kept the background quilting simple with horizontal and vertical lines quilted in black, high sheen poly thread. The lines are done free hand.
The photo below shows the border detail – Sashiko Ying Yang design, and also some of the Sashiko I did in the printed panels.
Here is the back of the quilt. Again, the backing fabric is a dark, dark black, but it photographed as gray! Now you can REALLY see the quilting and the Sashiko!
As I was working on this quilt, I kept feeling a “dragging” on my quilting machine and I couldn’t figure out what it was. It took a while but I found out that the when I put the green thread on the machine to do the Sashiko quilting, the black thread got wound around my front wheels. It was so thick that the wound up thread was affecting my quilting!
I had to take the machine head off of the carriage and flip the carriage over to get to the wheels. This is what I saw –
Then I began to cut at the thread, pull at it and get it out of there! Then I had one more wheel to clean out. Finally, I got the thread cleaned out of the wheels.
Here is a cleaned out wheel with a pile of shredded thread underneath it! Yeck!!
But now that the machine is back together, it is running MUCH better and NO dragging! Now, on to the next quilt!!