In January I started work on a vintage Applique Kit quilt that I purchased from eBay.
See that post here http://timquilts.com/2015/01/08/applique-kit-quilt/
I did the hand quilting with size 8 perle cotton thread.
I have been asked how much thread it takes to do a quilt. This quilt is 72″ x 90″ and I used 4 1/2 balls of thread.
When using perle cotton thread for hand quilting most people call it big stitch quilting. In this case the stitches are not really all that big. They are larger than I do with standard hand quilting thread but not as “Big” as I would call big stitch. I have said before that I prefer to call it “Big Thread” quilting.
I used a size 5 embroidery needle to do the hand quilting.
I used cotton batting (Natures Touch) and white backing fabric.
If you have been following the progress you will remember that I spilled coffee on it while I was working on it.
I always wash quilts when I finish hand quilting. I do get them dirty when I work on them, and I also love the look of a washed quilt. The shrinkage caused a puckered look and I think makes the quilt look softer, more inviting, more vintage, and adds a lot of texture.
I put a pin in the quilt to mark where that coffee stain was. I did not do anything to remove the stain before washing. I Washed the quilt in warm water on the gentle cycle. I used Tide and added a few tablespoons of Dawn to the wash. The dawn helps to prevent any stray dye from reabsorbing into the white fabric. Those applique pieces, particularly the red pieces, could bleed into the white. After washing it went into the drier and dried on the regular cycle.
Here it the spot where the coffee was.
Teddy Had to try it out.
Here are a bunch of picture of the finished quilt (click to enlarge)
Back to work on the next one in the long line :)