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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

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Happy quilting


What is my style?


I was looking at several quilts today on Facebook (The AQS show in Paducah makes for lots of pictures) and it made me think about the styles of various quilters.   I sometimes think I can identify the maker of a quilt by looking for clues in their style.

When I managed a florist I could always tell which designer made an arrangement just by looking at the style. When I got to know a designer I could always pick out their work.   Are my quilts the same?   Is there a “style” that makes them identifiable?

When I started quilting I did a lot of hand quilting of vintage and antique quilt tops. (I still do).   Since I just did the quilting and the repair I am not sure that my own signature is apparent in them , in fact I try to make it look as if the maker of the top also did the quilting.  Here are a few examples of vintage and antique tops that I have hand quilted (click pictures to enlarge)

I made this one from with an old pattern and fabric that someone else pick out and then sold. I made up the border to make it different and It was the first quilt I ever had in an AQS show.


They are all pretty traditional.   But some are little more modern looking.

I also like to design my own quilts.    I made this Tree quilt early on in my quilting journey.


Modern and Traditional.

I have also made some whole cloth quilts

And dog quilts

Some others that are my own designs

The one I am working on now is sort of modern…based on traditional design….


So is there a style?   Once thing in common is that they are all hand quilted.   I am interested in all styles of quilts, and I don’t think I will ever want to limit myself to just one.

Happy Quilting


Progress on the rose quilt


I have been working on hand quilting the large rose on the upper right of the quilt.


I finished that one today.


Here is a picture of the back


Here is the assortment of threads I am using. (Presencia Perle cotton in size 8 and 12)


Teddy wanted to test it out.


He likes it so far.

I am going to take a break from this one and get back to some of the others for a few days. I have some adjustments to make in the black outlines but I need to think on it for a bit.    I will post more about this one as it progresses and more about the others, and the garden soon…

Happy Quilting


Am I fast? not so much


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


more hand quilting


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.


here is a picture of the back


Here are more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy is watching closely.


Happy Quilting


Filling in


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


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.


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.


It looks like I have a lot done.


Until you see the remaining quilt.


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


What Is It?


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.


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.


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