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WIP–Lyon Carolings

Welcome to WIP Wednesday, hosted by Lee of Freshly Pieced Quilts.

Lyon, what? you are saying?  Lyon Carolings.  That’s my work in progress for today.The title comes from the name of the church–Carolingian–in Lyon, France, which was built by the Carolingian Dynasty from the 7th century, and alternately known as the Carolings. I snapped this photo of the patterned design on their ceiling, because you know us quilters.  It’s like a reflex. See pattern.  Take photo.

I obsessed wrote about the process of converting what I saw to a quilt block on another post; feel free to look it up. I’ve had this quilt top and back completed for a year now, and as my free time this summer is on its last gasp, wheezing its way to the finish line (where I REALLY have to think about school and lesson plans), I was determined to finish this.  So here’s my steps (pictures are below the STEP description).

Lay out backing, ignoring the fact that while you pressed it when you put it away last summer on a hanger it has developed new wrinkles.

Move the red bucket chairs because you need more room, leaving giant Xcircles in carpet.

Tape the backing to the floor, giving it a little tension to keep it smooth.

Lay out the new kind of batting you bought, and realize that it will shrink 2%, which isn’t much, but if you’ve waited this long to quilt this puppy, you can wait a little longer while you squish it out in the newly washed kitchen sink, squish it some more, then drip your way to the dryer and dry it.  Spread it out again.

Lay out the top, and even though it’s a billion degrees outside and in, lean over and pin the quilt, thinking cool thoughts, thinking of this as some kind of Pilates Stretching Exercise as you reach for the middle, sucking in your stomach while you hover over the quilt, safety pinning it to death.

Trim off excess batting, then stand back and admire the quilt.  This is an important part of the process because even though your husband really likes your finished quilts and is proud of you and loves to tell others about them, he’s not much interested in this part of things, so it’s you, baby, that has to bring the Atta’ Boy cheer to the table.  Atta’ boy, you say.  Or atta’ girl.  Whatever.

Begin quilting the blue, because that will stabilize the quilt as you ponder what to do next.  Some have a plan.  I have a desire to Get It Done and will figure it out as I go along.

That’s as far as I have gotten.  I like the puffing that happens as you start to quilt.  I use Superior’s Bottom Line thread in the bottom, with a distinct advantage that it’s thinner so you get get more on the bobbin.  I like the fineness of the thread and that it looks more delicate on the back.  In the top, I keep coming back to using Poly Neon.  For some reason this just works for me in most cases, although I have used other threads such as Superior’s King Tut and Poly Quilter.

I have no problem mixing threads, but do stitch out a sample on a sample quilt sandwich, identifying what I’m doing by writing on the section with a pen. Although you can’t see it really well, there are little numbers written inside those purple circles, above.

I’ve thought about using this flower, or the one below, as a template for how to quilt the yellow centers.  Which always leads us to Step Eight: Visit the fabric shop to pick up a marker to sketch in the flower.

In the post just below (published on my FSFriday last week), I write about how quilts stay done, when everything else doesn’t.  I’ll have another FSF post I’m working on, with a project that has been in process since last October.  Check back, if you want to, to read about that one.

9 thoughts on “WIP–Lyon Carolings

  1. This quilt is lovely! I enjoyed reading through your steps of progress, especially the part about pausing to give yourself encouragment…. My hubby also enjoys the completed project, and admires progress on the layout board, but is not that interested in the rest 🙂

  2. The quilting looks great so far – I love the little lines in the sashing. And I laughed at taking a picture of the pattern. I took a picture of someone’s shirt the other day because it had a cool star pattern.

  3. Very, very cool!!! I love the inspiration story. I really need to pull my medieval illuminary-inspired project out of the UFO line-up and work on it again.

    And next time I pin, I’m going to make it a Pilates exercise. ;D

  4. Beautiful quilt! I use bottom line in my bobbin and even in the top. I haven’t tried the other thread you mentioned. I tried to reply to your comment on my blog but it was no-reply, so I will post it here –

    Thanks Elizabeth, I have sewn all my life except for about the last 10 years (back into for about a year) for me all the super fast and easy patterns were fun and new. Traditional blocks were what I had always done. Now I’m half way in between.

    Take care and thanks for stopping.

  5. How beautiful! What a wonderful interpretation of the design, and the colors are just perfect. Congratulations on an amazing quilt! And thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday.

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