Quilting Magnolia Attic Window

Loading the longarm with the Magnolia Attic Window quilt, I thought a lot about how to quilt it. I knew I wanted the quilting and the color of thread to enhance the shadows and sashing without overpowering the large magnolia print.  Click HERE to see the original construction.

Magnolia Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Auditioning colors for the quilting, there were a lot of choices. I decided on a medium green.  Naturally the perfect matching green to the sashing didn’t have enough left on the spool to do the entire quilt.  So, it was the next best color Essentials thread on the top, and Bottom Line in a sage color in the bobbin.  Warm and Natural batting, single layer Warm and White.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Initially, I thought I’d do a freehand treatment in all the sashings and something else on top of the magnolia flowers. So, what to do, ribbon candy? No. Alternating loops? Nah. Feathers? Not really in the mood for those either, too many turns to make. Over/under loops? Boring. In the end, I just went for a pantograph again.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph is Hyacinth Grande by Patricia Ritter for Urban Elementz.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

The quilting went fairly quickly, as it is a lap size quilt. I was listening to an audiobook too, and didn’t want to stop the story, LOL!! Maybe that is a good incentive to keep sewing.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Quilting finished, it was removed from the frame and trimmed. Now, what to use for binding? I didn’t want to introduce another fabric, and I had plenty of the black or the green to use.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I settled on the black, made the binding, stitched it on the front of the quilt, and began the slow stitching part of the finishing.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Then I hand stitched a label made with a fabric scrap and writing the information with a pigma pen.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I plan to show this quilt at the fair this year, so it will need a sleeve too. A little more handwork was in store, adding one of my Re-Usable Quilt Sleeves.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

Now, all done. And I won’t have to rush this summer to get the sleeves done.

Magnolia Quilt at From My Carolina Home

I am going to hang this one from the display rod in the basement sewing area near the longarm.  I tried to get a picture of that for you, but they all came out so dark, likely because the sunlight was pretty bright in the windows.

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29 thoughts on “Quilting Magnolia Attic Window

  1. Shirley

    Your Magnolia Quilt is perfect! Good luck at the fair. I am adding sashing to a patriotic Irish chain quilt from my BOM group, but had to make a quick trip to the fabric store for some more red fabric.

  2. Rosemaryflower

    This is beautiful Carole. I just love it!
    I hope you are high and dry today. We have wind and I am really tired of rain.
    This afternoon I hope to go for a walk with hubbs around the neighborhood on the trails in the woods and look at all of the over flowed streams and huge puddles too.
    I am working on the same old stuff.
    I slept until 9:30 this morning and really did not feel like getting up, but then I figured I should, heh

    The photos of the quilt on your long arm are the ones that show the real beauty

  3. johnsonkae

    I love your magnolia fabric! What am I working on? I’m procrastinating machine quilting a smallish quilt on my regular machine with a walking foot…ugh. Oh, & looking forward to the next Scrap Dance Two Step clue!

  4. I am working on a quilted cubicle cover. My first attempt at HSTs and the bear paw block. Am FMQing the piece now and hope to be done by this weekend.
    Great tip to have the sleeves all ready for a competition piece.

  5. Melanie

    Congratulations on another picture perfect finish; beautiful quilt and hope you win a ribbon, blue! I’m doing some hand sewing on a couple different applique projects and working on Be My Neighbor in between and still procrastinating on machine quilting practice on my home domestic machine. LOL

  6. Love your magnolia quilt and the quilting you have done. Great idea with the sleeve. I have borrowed your idea and made a dinosaur quilt , have one more border to add, hopefully today.

  7. Sue H

    I will be working on yard work this weekend. Mom’s lawn needs mowing and trimming. I also need to thin some iris and daylilies here at my house. BUT I hope to get my binding stitched on my Dresden Stars. If I don’t make it to the sewing room, there’s always applique and/or knitting!

  8. That is so pretty, Carole – the perfect pattern for that magnolia fabric. Sounds like a fun idea to have a display rod hanging where you quilt, so you can enjoy your latest finish!

  9. Jan

    This is a lovely way to use a big-scale print! It really does feel like one is looking out a window into the top of a big magnolia tree!

  10. Robin

    Sometimes it’s frustrating because after you are finished quilting it feels like the quilt should be done. But, do the binding, make a label, sew on a sleeve. . . . Sometimes finishing takes as long as the actual quilting. The quilt is beautiful BTW.

  11. That is so clever to have the label AND hanging sleeve done at the same time as the binding.
    Then you are totally ready to put it in the show!
    I want to be that organized one day… I’m always scrambling at the last minute to do those tasks.

  12. Paulette Voit

    Love how the quilt turned out. The dimension is amazing. I am looking for fabric to make one. Am in NC now enjoying the wonderful weather you are having.

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