I finished the String melon top.
I made it with these vintage blocks
I used Warm and Plush batting.
Here it is after the hand quilting was finished.
the next step was to trim the edges
Next is the binding. I used bias binding. It was cut at only 1 1/2 inches wide , then folded in half so it was 3/4 inch then machine stitched to the top, folded to the back and hand stitched. It makes for a very narrow binding.
It measured 77″ x 86″
Teddy tested it out.
I always wash and dry a quilt when I finish it. so into the washer …..Teddy is waiting for it to be finished.
Here it is out of the dryer
The quilting really stands out because of the thick batting
Here is the back
The Warm and Plush batting was definitely harder to hand quilt but I love the look of the finished quilt and the weight….really heavy. It did shrink quite a bit, it is Now 73″ x 81″
I do think I will use the batting again.
It rained most of the day today but here are some garden pics from yesterday.
More of the hand quilting done , just the left side to finish. (click pictures to enlarge)
Here are a few more garden pictures
Jack in the Pulpit emerging
Maiden Hair Ferns emerging
A few weeks ago I finished this top
I ordered some backing fabric for it.
And today I bought the batting.
I have used it before and I really like it. I will post pictures when I get started on it.
It has been cold the last few days but the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom. When I got the camera and told Teddy to come outside for pictures he just stared at me.
I guess he wants to wait for it to warm up again.
Here are some garden pictures without Teddy (click pictures to enlarge)
I said I was done working on the Mackintosh Rose ….but I did a little more
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.
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 .
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