Quilting Begins

I started the quilting on the suspension bridge quilt.

The picture shows all the quilting tools I need to do this.  Pretty simple stuff…scissors, needle, thread, thimble, and glasses.  I am not a big fan of all kinds of tools and gadgets, I can get the look I want with just these few things.

I am using white YLI 40 weight hand quilting thread, and a #11 John James between needle.  The batting is Hobb’s cotton.

For this quilt I am not doing any marking.  I am “quilting by the piece”…..what that means is that I am doing a line of quilting, just inside the seam allowance around each piece in the top.  After that I am adding some additional quilting inside each piece.  so the quilting covers most of the quilt at between 1/4 and 3/8″…I like a lot of quilting!

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This is my preferred way to quilt.  I don’t have to do any marking and I also don’t have to try to quilt through any seams.  Hand quilting through seams is much more difficult because at the seams you have 2 additional layers of fabric to sew through (the 1/4′ seam allowance from both pieces)  quilting by the piece avoids all seams.  The other real advantage for me is that it does not detract at all from the piecing, it enhances it.  The quilting stitches highlight the shapes in the blocks.

I am using an off white backing to match the white in the front, and you can see the design beginning to emerge there as well

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and as always Teddy is ready to help

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Here are some more pictures of the quilting and one of the whole top (click to enlarge)

This is very simple quilting, but there is a lot of it!….so it will not be a “fast” project to get it done.  But I am pretty pleased with it so far.

Happy Quilting


18 thoughts on “Quilting Begins

  1. Sara says:

    Looking good! Ok, a lot to do, maybe you’ll take two weeks instead of one to get this one done!

  2. Michelle says:

    Wow! It’ll be a show stopper when you’re finished! 🙂

  3. Victoria says:

    Tim, you do hand quilting and hand quilters Proud!!!!

  4. Sharon in Michigan says:

    It is beautiful!

  5. myrosesindecember says:

    Oh Tim, this is truly lovely. I am particularly fond of the blue fabric with the sailboats. Your quilting is beautiful,. Even though I dearly love feathers in quilting, sometimes the most simple is the best.

  6. gardnerpam6 says:

    love the quilting and the quilt; (also Teddy looks particularly good next to a background of “quilt”).

  7. audrey says:

    This is such a great quilt! Always a treat to see the pattern emerge in your quilting.

  8. maureen15 says:

    I love your work! This quilt is especially beautiful. Your dog is so cute!

  9. sandra (OmaSan) says:

    Love it all!! i am a big fan of your quilts and the trapunto….. love it!
    greetings Sandra van Luijk (the Netherlands)


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