Friday, May 3, 2013

Mystic Nights Quilt

I have been working on this quilt a little bit each day that I can and it still isn't all pieced. It will really be pretty when it is finished with the strips around for the border. I got the pattern and fabrics from Keepsake Quilting. Derek Lockwood designed the quilt. I like his quilts and have quilted several of them. I usually change the background fabric. He uses a lot of blacks. I have cataracts and cannot see black very well when I am quilting/sewing. So I change a lot of his black background to white. I did not change anything on this quilt thought. It will have a dark green border and then a black border on the outside. The strips are sewed together in the order he gave. Then they are cut at different sizes and the strips sewed together. I have sewed it together using one fourth of the quilt. I then sewed the two one-fourths together. I have the last fourth of it nearly finished. Just lack about 4 strips. Then I will sew the third fourth to the fourth fourth and then the two halves together. The quilt is too heavy to sew each strip to the whole each time I get one strip made.


Two views of the quilt.

15 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a very impressive quilt! Very intricate and sophisticated!!!
    Esther

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  2. Your quilt already looks stunning!

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  3. What are those - 1 inch blocks? I've never tried a bargello, but they sure are stunning! Yours is going to be beautiful.

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    1. You cut the different colors of fabric in 1 1/2 strips, sew them together per the instructions. Then the instructions tell you to cut into different size widths separated by so many black pieces and sew together. There are 92 of these restripped rows. Not a word, but you get the point. The recut strips vary from 1 inch to 2 inches in width. After all 92 rows are sewn together you have a 2 1/2 inch border of dark green, then a 6 1/2 inch border of black. I still lack 2 rows of the strips having it all sewed together that far. To quilt it Derek Lockwood said he stitched in the ditch in the up and down rows then after all that was finished, he stitched in the ditch from side to side. I had thought I'd stitch in the ditch in the up and down rows and let that be it. But when I read the rest of his instructions the other day, he said it would stretch if you did not stitch the side to side rows also. This one will call for the big quilting frames on saw horses if it stretches that much. I'll post a pic when I get the borders on and then in about a year I'll post a pic of the whole thing quilted.

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  4. What a beautiful bargello! It is so intricate. I know it must have taken hours and hours!

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    1. It did. And I am not finished with the piecing yet. Still lack 2 more rows of the bargello and the two rows of border strips. I am anxious to start quilting it. That will take a long time as I quilt my hand rather than machine.

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  5. Amazing. I "wowed" out loud when I saw the photo.

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  6. Wow. Really, no other reaction. That is going to be STUNNING finished. :D

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  7. It`s spectacular.Love,love!!

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  8. With ever tfiff this quilt gets more beautiful!
    Esther
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo com

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    1. Esther, it is a beautiful quilt, if I do say so. I need to get the strips around the edge sewn on. It is too big and cumbersome to try to sew them on on the sewing machine. My plan all along was the hand sew them. Now my complaint is that it is too warm to have a quilt on your lap. Our town's quilt shop just went out of business. So I will be having to drive to the next town for quilting supplies. Our Walmart put their fabric section back in, but they don't have a lot of the supplies I want.

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