Sunday, 14 April 2013

The wonky neighbourhood!

I have now quilted all my strips of wonky houses in the Quilt As You Go method and yesterday evening instead of chilling out in front of the TV I finished off the last of the joins!

Yeah !

So here is my wonky house neighbourhood all together held down by my lovely assistant!





The experiment using needlecord as my backing, after a bit of encouragement from the lovely Katy Jones, has been a success I think!  

It quilts quite easily but you do need to check that the pile is going in the same direction if you piece your backing - that is if you are likely to run your hand down the back of your quilt.  It also sheds a bit at the cut edge - lots of tiny orange bits everywhere but once sewn it is fine.  

It is heavier than our normal cotton which is why I chose to QAYG but I was thinking this might act as a picnic rug so a sturdy backing was what I was looking for!

It even shows up the quilting quite well - more than I was expecting with the pile but if you wanted to hide it more you could go for one of the lovely patterned needlecords you can find rather than the plain orange I went for here!  And yes I did join my strips to make them long enough and no problem there!




Would I use needlecord again?  You bet!  Though if I did the quilt as a whole I might want to pump some iron first!




I have a few of my smaller swap blocks left - trees and 4-patches and all of the siggy blocks so now I just want to add a border of those with some words mixed in for a bit of Madness!   

22 comments:

  1. It looks brilliant - I did not have the foresight to see how those blocks would turn out together, but it looks great xxx

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  2. What Hadley said - it's such a fun quilt Nicky and your lovely assistant is doing a fab job :)

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  3. it looks brilliant nicky!

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  4. This quilt is fun! Brilliant and the quilting on the back looks great

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  5. Yup, I'm with Hadley too. This quilt is one I would never have put together myself and I am dead jealous.

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  6. Adorable. Is needle cord the same as cordoroy? I have used that. It make s a wonderfully sturdy quilt.

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  7. A lovely fun quilt Nicky and the assistant is doing a grand job.

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  8. What a fabulous quilt. The house with the snowman is my fave

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  9. It looks great Nicky, and I love the snowy house too.

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  10. Oooh, bet that's lovely and snuggly

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  11. I love it - all the differing styles of houses look fabulous together and I love the solid strips separating each 'street'. I'm definitely going to think about using needlecord for the back of a future quilt as I love a heavy quilt to snuggle under, just may be not to quilt. Any idea what it's like to hand quilt through?

    P.S. Your little helper is a real cutie!

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  12. Brilliant. I just love all those houses and using needle cord for backing is very clever. Did you use wadding too? Great finish. Di x

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  13. It looks wonderful. Love the happiness and brightness of it.
    the cord sounds like a great way to back the quilt.
    Big tick off your list!

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  14. Looks brill! The cord will make for a great picnic weight (assuming we ever get some nice weather!). Jxo

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  15. This is a gorgeous bright funky quilt - lovely and great quilting too.

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  16. What a great quilt! So fun!

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  17. This looks great! And I like the idea of needlecord for backing :)

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  18. Love! Such a happy quilt Nicky :o)

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  19. Love this quilt! Wonky houses will always be one of my favorites!

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