Am I fast? not so much

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I do a lot of blogging as well as Facebook posting about my hand quilting.   It is really fun to share what I am doing.  I really get a lot out of the exchange of ideas, questions, and feedback.   There is, however, one consistent comment that really bothers me.    “Wow you sure are fast”.    Let me assure you I am NOT fast.   Honest I am not.
Yesterday I posted a picture of the progress of a rose on the whole cloth quilt I am working on.

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I worked for most of the day Saturday to get it to that point.  I worked on it for the remainder of Saturday and part of today.   If I add that all up and it is something like 16 hours (for the filling not the black outline) and here it is .

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That is less than one square foot of quilting.  It is slow, it is time-consuming, It is not magic, it is NOT fast.   It is consistent long hours of work.  I would love to be fast because I have so many ideas and quilts to do…..and I am faster now after hand quilting 6 + hours a day for 6 years than when I started, but I am not faster than most other hand quilters. I understand that it looks fast when all you see is a progress picture, It looks like it magically happened, but there are many many hours of quilting between pictures. When people say I am fast I feel like it really minimizes all the hard work and hours I put into it.

Now that I got that off my chest let me share some garden pictures.   I took a quilting break and planted some Pansies …. and took a few pictures of the beginnings of spring flowers in the garden.   (click pictures to enlarge)

Back to work

Happy (slow and steady)  Quilting

Tim

more hand quilting

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More hand quilting this weekend.   I am using Presencia perle cotton  in size 8 and 12.  I have used about 20 different colors so far.

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here is a picture of the back

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Here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy is watching closely.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Filling in

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Lat time I showed the Mackintosh Rose quilt with the outlines finished.

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The outlining was done with #8 perle cotton thread.   I did it with back-stitching to make it stand out more.

Last night I did some work on filling in ….eventually the entire quilt will be filled like this.

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It is hard to see the texture that the hand quilting created or the true colors but you can get the idea of how the filling will go.     I am using size 8 and 12 perle cotton thread for this and a size 5 embroidery needle.  The Batting is Mountain Mist poly.

The back looks almost the same as the front.

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It looks like I have a lot done.

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Until you see the remaining quilt.

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Here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

A few days of sun and warm temps have encourage some more flowers to open

I hope the weather holds….it was a long winter!

Happy Quilting

Tim

What Is It?

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I finished the outline work on the new whole cloth quilt.  Several people have been guessing what it is.   Let me start by talking about Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
(information from Wikipedia, since it has been 30 years since art history class :) )

Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer, water colorist and artist. He was a designer in the post impressionist movement and also the main representative of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom.

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Mackintosh lived most of his life in the city of Glasgow. During the Industrial Revolution the city had one of the greatest production centres of heavy engineering and shipbuilding in the world. As the city grew and prospered, a faster response to the high demand for consumer goods and arts was necessary. Industrialized, mass-produced items started to gain popularity. Along with the Industrial Revolution, Asian style and emerging modernist ideas also influenced Mackintosh’s designs. When the Japanese isolationist regime softened, they opened themselves to globalization resulting in notable Japanese influence around the world. Glasgow’s link with the eastern country became particularly close with shipyards building at the River Clyde being exposed to Japanese navy and training engineers. Japanese design became more accessible and gained great popularity. In fact, it became so popular and so incessantly appropriated and reproduced by Western artists, that the Western World’s fascination and preoccupation with Japanese art gave rise to the new term, Japonism or Japonisme.

This style was admired by Mackintosh because of: its restraint and economy of means rather than ostentatious accumulation; its simple forms and natural materials rather than elaboration and artifice; the use of texture and light and shadow rather than pattern and ornament. In the old western style, furniture was seen as ornament that displayed the wealth of its owner and the value of the piece was established according to the length of time spent creating it. In the Japanese arts furniture and design focused on the quality of the space, which was meant to evoke a calming and organic feeling to the interior.

At the same time a new philosophy concerned with creating functional and practical design was emerging throughout Europe: the so-called “modernist ideas”. The main concept of the Modernist movement was to develop innovative ideas and new technology: design concerned with the present and the future, rather than with history and tradition. Heavy ornamentation and inherited styles were discarded. Even though Mackintosh became known as the ‘pioneer’ of the movement, his designs were far removed from the bleak utilitarianism of Modernism. His concern was to build around the needs of people: people seen, not as masses, but as individuals who needed not a machine for living in but a work of art. Mackintosh took his inspiration from his Scottish upbringing and blended them with the flourish of Art Nouveau and the simplicity of Japanese forms. While working in architecture, Mackintosh developed his own style: a contrast between strong right angles and floral-inspired decorative motifs with subtle curves, e.g. the Mackintosh Rose motif.

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The design is also often referred to as the Glasgow Rose.

I did not want to simply reproduce one of his designs but use his work as an inspiration.

Here are a few more pictures of the hand quilting in progress (click pictures to enlarge)

The next step is to add the color….more on that soon

Happy Quilting

Tim

Spring Cleaning

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I got some more cleanup work done in the back garden today.    Cutting back last year’s plants and raking out leaves makes a big difference.   I can see a lot of growth that was covered. (I really should have done all this in the Fall but I ran out of steam)   Here are some pictures of the plants that are growing.   It isn’t much yet….but sure is nice to see that winter is really over. (click pictures to enlarge)

I did a little more work on the whole cloth

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when I start to add the color it will really change

Happy Quilting

Tim

Spring is here

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I was able to spend a few hours in the garden working on spring cleaning.   Cutting down all the old plants and getting the leaves out of the beds and bagging it all.  The city is scheduled to resume picking up yard waste this week so the bags went to the curb.

I have so much more to do in the back but the front is mostly done.

A few weeks ago I ordered a book

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It arrived yesterday and it is great.  The photography (Bill Volckening also did the photography)  really captures the quilting beautifully.

Here are a few pages…..the book is 312 pages and also includes patterns for three of the quilts.

Here is a link to find the book http://willywonkyquilts.blogspot.com/2015/04/where-to-buy-book-please-add-your-links.html

Happy Quilting

Tim