Tuesday, November 5, 2013

T is for Tina

I've wanted to make a T quilt since a fellow Ninigret Quilter, Fran, was making a mini T for her husband, Tom, about 20 years ago.  Fast forward to Anita Grossman Solomon's visit to Ninigret this past August. She showed us her new T block quilt and I offered begged to be a pattern tester (as if Anita needs a pattern tester). She sent me a copy and here is my completed T!

When it came time to quilt it, I wanted to somehow echo the T theme, so I quilted straight parallel lines in a large T shape. I drew the orange lines so you can see the shape.

Outside the large T, there are free motion flowers. I needed something swirly to contrast with the straight lines.

I used my new Halo tool for the free motion quilting and I LOVE IT! It is a Sharon Schamber product that I purchased from Pat Ferguson at A Quilters' Gathering last week. I had heard amazing reviews of this thing and it lives up to the hype. It takes a little getting used to, but it was a pretty quick learning curve.

 I have never attempted micro stippling until now. I felt I could do it with the Halo.

The only time I had any trouble was when I quilted the border on a side that was trimmed a little close to the edge (not the one pictured). The Halo slipped off the edge of the batting and got "stuck" on the bed of the machine. No harm done. I slid it back over and continued on my way. (I do use a teflon slider on my extension table. You need a big flat slippery surface to use the Halo.)

I'm using this striped binding on all my new bedroom accessories. (See the Sea Glass pillow here.)

 Yes, it's going to hang in my bedroom, but it looks so good on my green kitchen wall. My husband, Bill, wants to know when I'm starting the B quilt. Oh, I have a plan for him! Mwahaha!

Quilt Stats:
T is for Tina
Block designed by Anita Grossman Solomon
(Look for it in a future issue of Quiltmaker magazine)
Blue & green modern scraps, Kona white background, V&Co border
47" X 48"
Started September 3, 2013
Completed November 4, 2013


sophie said...

Jane Sassaman commented to me last week about how all quilts look great on green walls. Who knew? She was right. I love your T-quilt and the quilting you designed for it is perfect.

Janet Ann said...

Love the T-quilt! And YES the halo is fabulous! wouldn't free motion quilt without it!

Cathy said...

Great idea for the quilting!! Looks great!

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Wow! Awesome finish, I love it! :)

Gina said...

You are such a clever quilter!!

Jodi said...

This is fabulous, Tina! I love your quilting! And the pillow is beautiful - I think you brought it to our Mod Guild meeting? What an appropriate name for it, too!