Sunday, December 8, 2013
Back in September, I made 2 posts on my debate regarding how to launder the first quilt that I had ever used wool batting for. Opinions were mixed and even the outcome of my experiments were inconclusive. I finished the quilting last night and washed it on a standard warm/cold cycle and dried on delicate/low. I will advise the recipient to use a delicate wash cycle though since my old machine agitation is pretty limited. Because I was concerned that the shrinkage might be un-even, I serged the edges before washing but waited to bind it..
I am very glad that the outer border was tightly quilted since the puffy sections would have created a wavy, wonky outer border (I think).
Monday, December 2, 2013
I so want to get my Red and Green Traditional Applique quilt finished by the end of the year. But can I? That is the question! The final border is in sight this is a big quilt though and the blocks are a good 18 inches if I remember right. The border is at least 10 or 12 inches wide. It has been so long since I made the top that I don’t remember the dimensions anymore except it ends at 100 x 100.
I love these blocks – but the little round circles and all the applique is tedious to quilt around each piece.
And then of course the grid takes forever as well – 3/4 inch – I know some do at 1/2 or even a 1/4 not for me – I want to get done.
I worked on this section last night
On to the border edge today and then I can roll it down again and I think this time the full border will be in sight at the end of the frame. Maybe I can get done by the end of the month – one can always try.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|All Grayed Down|
|Better look at the hand quilting|
Saturday, October 26, 2013
For Amy’s Quilt Festival I entered my Bow Tie Medallion into the Hand Quilting Category that I shared with all of you earlier this year. It seems like it has been a long time since I finished it but really it hasn’t been – it just seems like it!
This photo taken during the hand quilting process
I always love to take a photo right after I get the quilt on the frame because I know it will be months before I see this edge again!
It's that time of year again.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Late last year or earlier this year – I’m really not sure – I made up this small pinwheel quilt and finally got it in the hoop to hand quilt at the end of summer. I took time off from it for most of September while I did a little traveling but was able to finish it when we got home. It was the only thing I worked on for 11 days and got it done.
It is always such a nice feeling to make a dent in the pile of quilt tops and have one more finished isn’t it. this is not a fancy quilt and there is no fancy stitching –it is just done the thread I used is King Tut variegated – it is not pearle cotton – I didn’t do tiny stitches, but yet they are not as big as what is used for “big stitch” quilting – somewhere in between.
I found the pattern for this on line some place – it was a free pattern. I added the border, I don’t remember what the original border was.
this was a close up shot from before I washed it. I used the blue marking pen “Mark b Gone” and all the marks came out like it normally does.
As you can see all the blue marks came out with no trouble at all – I washed on a large load with color catchers and the quilt came out with not a mark on it – then was tossed in the dryer for the antique crinkly look. I used quilters dream 100% cotton batting the lowest loft.
this is a child’s size quilt about 52 x 62
Now I am mainly a hand quilter but I am trying my hand at machine quilting – that is right every now and then I try to do straight line stitching on an easy quilt so I can get done fast – too many quilts are waiting in line although I must say I am beginning to get caught up – if I can just control myself and finish a few things first before staring something new!! I do have one other quilt ready to baste and get in the hoop and I am still working on my Red and Green Applique quilt in the big 3 roller frame – I am taking a break from it while I finish some smaller projects – I will get back to it soon.