More Trapunto and some garden pictures

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I finished some more of the trapunto.    The quilt looks a bit bumpy in the picture but that is because I have had it sort of wadded up in my hands to get the stuffing in.    It really is still flat.     Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)

It did rain last night and it looks like more today.   It is very cloudy so the color of the pictures is not the best but you can still see how things are growing.

The grass is still wet from the rain so Teddy decided to stay inside …..he doesn’t like to get his feet wet.  Here he is in his “I’m bored” pose ( he thinks it is my fault that it is wet outside)


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more stuffing


Toady I am waiting for it to rain because the garden needs it.   While I do that I am working on adding the trapunto to the reindeer quilt. It is turning out great.

I posted some pictures on Facebook and got some questions about it so I will answer them here as well.

  1. What will the back look like? wont it be full of holes?    NO.  the needle doesn’t break any threads it does look like it makes a hole but it closes right up when it is washed.  The threads of the fabric go right back into place. Aside from the hanging sleeve it will be hard to tell the difference between the front and the back.
  2. Wont that cause the quilt to be distorted?    NO.   Since I do the trapunto after all of the quilting is done all it can do is fill up those unquilted areas.  The quilting holds it all together and keeps it flat and square.   I might need to do a bit of steaming after it is washed to get out wrinkles, but I would do that even if there was no stuffing .    If it is a quilt that is not for a show I really don’t worry about that at all and just let the wrinkles come out on their own (they do disappear on their own over time while the quilt is unfolded and hanging or on a bed.
  3. Wont the stuffing get all bunched up in the wash?   NO.   I washed and dried (in the machine) my large feathered whole cloth quilt several times so far and it has not been a problem at all.


I am also adding stuffing to the grid and the bells.  here is a small section with some of that finished. (6 bells on the right are stuffed.)


Here are some more pictures of the progress (click pictures to enlarge)

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Reindeer Modifications



Remember this quilt?   It has been in a few AQS shows this year.   It has a few more to go to and I have decided that I am going to make some changes to it first.

I am going to add Trapunto or stuffing.    Here is a link to how I do that

I have one deer and one tree done so far.


I think it makes a big difference.    It is going to take a long time to do the whole thing.   Teddy thinks I might be crazy.


I think he will approve when it is done.   Here are some more pictures

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Mackintosh Rose finished


I finished the Mackintosh Rose Quilt.   I started it April 11, here is the post about that

I wrote about my design inspiration here

Here it is with the quilting finished and ready to add the binding.


I used all Presencia thread.   Perle cotton size 8 and 12 and 40 weight.


The bating is  Mountain Mist poly.

Here is a close up of the hand quilting.


Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)

Now I have some gardening to do

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Borders next


I have to finish hand quilting the borders and then add the binding.   The binding will be black.   I hope to finish it this week.

I spent some time weeding the garden today.   Teddy watched


Here are some pictures of the back garden (click pictures to enlarge)

Next time I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt.

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Off to Colorado


I am going to Fort Morgan Colorado to do a presentation for the Colorado Quilt Council.    I have packed a lot of quilts!    Should be a great trip.

Of course I have to pack a quilt to work on while I am there.   I am taking the Mackintosh Rose because it is easy to pack.

I have one corner to go.


I will be working on the border. So I will only need to bring the black thread.


I will finish up with the colored thread when I get back home.

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Something New


If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I have more ideas for new quilts than I have time to do them all.  I know it would drive many people crazy having so many things in the works at the same time but I feel like I need to do it.   I have to strike while the iron is hot.

I had an idea for a whole cloth quilt in my head for quite some time and a Facebook friend posted some pictures of her hand dyed fabrics and the rest of the plan came into place.    I asked her if she could dye a large (90 inches wide) piece of fabric for me and WOW look at it!


This is going to be a whole cloth quilt but I am keeping the design a secret until I have time to draw it out and mark the top…for now it is all in my head.

The artist who dyed the fabric is Dera Linker, check out her website here   to see some more of her beautiful fabrics.

Debra is a real artist and is happy to do custom work.

Here is her guarantee:    “All fabric carries a 100% Happiness Guarantee.  If, for any reason, you are not 100% happy with my fabric, simply return it within 7 days, and I will happily refund the purchase price.”


It passed his inspection so I know it is perfect.

As excited as I am about my new fabric I still have the Mackintosh Rose quilt to finish, here are some update pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The forecast is for more rain but the sun was out for a few minutes this morning.   Here are some garden pictures

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