I couldn’t wait to start hand quilting the vintage star top that I just re-made ( see post here ) .
Remembered a piece of fabric I had that would be perfect for the backing and I had a wool batting waiting to be used so I got it basted and ready to go.
I always pin baste on the floor. I start by pinning the backing fabric to the floor (you can use masking tape but I use push-pins) . next I add the batting and smooth that out, then the top smooth again, then I add the safety pins. I do not use a huge amount of pins, they are at least a foot apart.
You can see in the picture that the top is not even and square. The reason for that is that I did not re make the borders. I used wool batting because it is easy to quilt but also has a good loft which will help to fill in the bumps puckers in the top.
Here, folded over the corner, is the backing which I purchased a few weeks ago….I intended to use it to back a much older top but it was too dark.
I think it works great with this top. It is not a color match with any of the fabrics in the top but is a good coordinating color.
On to the quilting. I have described how I select a quilting design in the past but often I don’t plan at all. That was the case here. I put the quilt in the hoop and I said “how do you want to be quilted?”. This sounds crazy and I really didn’t say it out loud but I did ask the quilt how it wanted to be quilted. The quilt told me “I’m not a fancy quilt so don’t get carried away”. The quilt was right …it is a basic scrap quilt, the star it made up of lots of scraps all pieced together to make the diamonds, the fabric is very coarse, the border is very wonky, it is NOT a fancy quilt. Elaborate quilting on this would look silly. As Mammy said in Gone With the wind:
” we could give ourselves airs and get ourselves all rigged up and we were like race horses and we were just mules in horse harness and we didn’t fool anybody. “
So I’m not going to pretend this mule is a race horse. A mule is a fine animal and this is a fine quilt. So simple it is.
I went to the cupboard and took out a plastic bowl (this came from a healthy choice frozen dinner and I call them my fancy eatin dishes) to use as a guide
I used a pencil to draw the line around the bowl and then just did the inside arcs by eye.
I think it is going to look just right.
It adds texture and movement without being overly done.
And Teddy approves.
I have made some progress on the applique quilt as well.
This one is a race horse ….so I want to take my time and do it justice.
Both are beautiful but in different ways.