Last time I posted about the snowflake quilt
and said that I pinned towels to the edges to make quilting the edges easier in the hoop.
Today I put it in the hoop so here is how it looks
The light was perfect so I took a few more pictures …when the light is right it really shows the texture. (click pictures to enlarge)
Teddy was ready to pose today so here is his photo shoot
He is such a good model….but I am afraid he really needs a bath :( but don’t tell him….he hates getting wet!
I finally Finished the center of the snowflake quilt. Here are some pictures including a few close-ups so you can see the stitching.(click pictures to enlarge)
I am ready to do the borders so I pin towels to the edge of the quilt. The towel is so that when I put the quilt in the hoop I can work on the edges and the corners.
It won’t be long now!
A few pictures from the floral design class I teach
Now to get to work on hand quilting those edges!
We had a hard frost so many plants in my garden have bitten the dust :( but there are still lots of fall colors around. I have been thinking of a new quilt idea in fall colors so I drew up a plan.
I am not sure when I will actually make it….I decided to work on the snowflake quilt and get it finished….
the #11 between needle I use for hand quilting this one sure seems small compared to the size 5 embroidery needle I used on the last one
I also want to finish the batik quilt top
and several others before I start a new one….but thinking about new things keeps me moving along.
I finished the hand quilting and binding today.
Here is how the top was made http://timquilts.com/2014/09/15/new-top/
And here is a post about the prep for quilting http://timquilts.com/2014/10/07/
And about the quilting http://timquilts.com/2014/10/09/
Teddy decided he wanted to model it before I added the binding
Here are a bunch of pictures of the finished quilt. I need to take some in daylight …the colors are not as accurate as I would like because I used the flash . (click pictures to enlarge)
I have had a very busy week so I have not done a lot of hand quilting. I did make some progress on this one.
I am working on the borders
The center is finished
I love the back
I hope to have a lot of time to quilt on Sunday so more updates coming soon .
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Teddy says Hi but he didn’t feel like posing today
Last time I posted about basting this quilt.
I put the quilt in the hoop and listened to what it had to say (quilts talk if you listen). It said it wants simple quilting. I am using #12 black perle cotton thread and a size 5 embroidery needle. All straight lines….or straightish because I am not doing any marking or even trying to be perfect.
The spacing between the lines is somewhat random…whatever feels right.
Here are some more pictures (click picture to enlarge)
Here are a few pictures from the basic floral design class I teach
The next on the pile to be quilted is this one
I added a border using the pale green ombre that I used in the top. The top measures 83″ x 73″
I used silk Batting.
Here is the top ready to baste (the color on the picture is sort of off)
I baste with safety pins and use very few, one in the corner of each block.
Sometimes people get worried when they see one of my quilts basted because it doesn’t look perfectly flat. I adjust the layers as I quilt and I have never had a pucker. It takes me about 30 minutes to pin baste a quilt this way. I think I use less pins with every new quilt. Once the quilt is in the hoop I adjust if needed and the hoop is what holds the layers together and smooth.
I used a really great rayon Batik for the backing (the same used in the top)
I plan to use black thread, size 12 perle cotton, for the quilting.
It is nice to do larger quilting for a break from some of the others with regular quilting thread.
Here are some pictures of the snowflake quilt with a zillion small stitches (click pictures to enlarge)
More updates on the other quilts in progress coming soon