I have been working on so many things at once that I thought it was time to show the antique again.
I have made good progress….but compared to the very simple big stitching I have done lately this is very slow work.
I still had the last quilt on the floor when I decided to bast then next one. Teddy took the opportunity to pose on it before I got to work on the next one.
I always do my basting on the floor. I start by tacking the backing to the floor
I am trying a new batting.
It is thicker than their other battings and has no scrim.
will see how hard it is to quilt! I wanted to try it because I really do like the feel of a heavy quilt.
Smooth out the batting over the backing. and then the top goes on top of that.
and now I pin. Some people pin like crazy….I don’t use very many, 90 for the whole quilt.
It really is very simple and a full sized quilt like this takes less than 30 minutes start to finish.
Ready to give the hand quilting a try. I take out any pins in the hooped area before I start.
Next time I will show the quilting and let you know how the batting is working.
I finished the Log Cabin Variation quilt. Here is a post about making the top http://timquilts.com/2015/01/21/log-cabin-inspiration/.
Here is a post about how I marked the top for hand quilting http://timquilts.com/2015/03/19/marking-with-a-helper/.
Here is a post about the quilting http://timquilts.com/2015/03/24/log-cabin-quilting/. I started the hand quilting on the 24th. It is a very simple design so it went quickly. (still over 40 hours, but relatively fast)
After I finished the hand quilting I trimmed the edges.
Here is the back.
I used brown for the binding. Teddy wanted to help…but he was disappointed when I told him he could only watch.
After Binding was done I washed it and dried it to get out all of my pencil marks.
Washed in the machine on the gentle cycle in warm water with regular detergent with the addition of a few tablespoons of Dawn Dish washing liquid, and dried in the dryer.
The finished size is 60″ x 70″ I love the way the fabrics work together.
I finished the next 1/4 of the hand quilting on the Color Weave Medley log cabin quilt.
Normally I start quilting in the center but for this I am starting in the corners and working in to the center
I think it is looking great….and it is a very simple design so it makes for fast quilting. I often have people ask how I can quilt so fast. I think that practice is a big part of it, but I also attribute a lot of it to using a hoop (or frame) the hoop acts as additional hands, holding the quilt in the perfect position and tension so my hands are free to do the quilting…..I only have to hold the needle , I don’t need to keep readjusting how the quilt is held in my hands. Without a hoop or frame you can only get a very short segment of quilting done before you need to readjust the entire thing and change your hold on it so you can get the next little segment and so on. I could not do it without a hoop.
I started working on this quilt in January. See that post here http://timquilts.com/2015/01/21/log-cabin-inspiration/
The fabrics are P&B Textiles Color Weave Medley
here is the finished top
and here is the post about marking it for quilting http://timquilts.com/2015/03/19/marking-with-a-helper/
I started the quilting in one corner.
Teddy wanted a hand quilting lesson.
I finished one corner
Teddy is checking our work.
here is the back
3/4 of the quilting to go….
here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
I finished hand quilting the strip quilt. I began the piecing in November http://timquilts.com/2014/11/04/piecing-with-strips/
After the top was finished I set it aside to work on other quilts and I didn’t start the quilting until March 16.
Here is the post about the start of quilting http://timquilts.com/2015/03/16/striped-curves/
Here it is with the quilting finished.
After the quilting is finished I trim off the extra batting and backing.
And add the binding
And as always I wash the finished quilt and dry it.
Here is a close up of the quilting
And here are more pictures of the progress along the way (click pictures to enlarge)
A Google image search for New York Beauty quilt will show you how popular these quilts are.
My friend Bill Volckening (see his blog here ) has a terrific collection of New York Beauty quilts that spans over 150 years. He has written a book, due in April, about these great quilts. The coffee table book will have over 300 pages with 70 quilts made between 1850 and present day; all examples and variants of the complicated patchwork design best known as New York Beauty.
I was lucky to have a part in a few of the quilts. I hand quilted a few of the vintage quilt tops that he collected. remember this quilt?
here is a preview of the contents
I am really looking forward to reading it! Advanced copies can be ordered here
Happy quilting and reading
Just found out they have more pages to see at this link: http://www.quiltmania.com/english/navigation-entete-droite/boutique.html?type_produit=L
I finished this top a while back. Here is a the post about the top http://timquilts.com/2015/01/21/log-cabin-inspiration/ and here is another http://timquilts.com/2015/02/25/log-cabin-variation/
I have been letting it sit for a while thinking about the hand quilting and waiting for it to talk to me. It did so I started to mark it today.
I tied a long piece of perle cotton to a pencil and tacked the end to the corner of the quilt and used it to draw arcs. they aren’t perfect by any means but they will be good enough for me to see where I am going with the quilting, and I promise that the pencil marks will wash out.
Next I moved to the next corner and did it again.
I will do that again on the next two corners ….but I need a break :) doing this on the floor is a bit tiring
Teddy doesn’t understand that being close to the floor doesn’t seem like a problem to him.