Do you suffer from stubborn quilt buildup? I do!
It is difficult for me to work on just one quilt at a time.
The one in the hoop in the picture is really very close to being finished. But it is a bear to work on. Even though I know better I decided to use a backing fabric that is very tightly woven with a very high thread count. I got it “free”, which is to say that it came with a vintage quilt top I purchased. I knew it was going to be difficult but I used it anyway. It is like quilting through cement.
There is a lesson here…trust your instincts. I could have hand quilted 3 quilts in the time I have already spent on this one. Yes the fabric was free but the cost in time is huge. I have heard many people say they use bed sheets for quilt backings, and hand quilt them. I would strongly discourage this. They are also tightly woven with high thread count. They may be less expensive than a good quality quilt fabric but make hand quilting so much harder. Hand quilting should be a joy not hard work!!
So here is the difficult quilt again.
Another quilt from the buildup is the Interplay quilt.
I am hand quilting it with #8 perle cotton in black and green.
The larger thread and larger stitches , often called big stitch quilting, really stand out. More pictures of that soon. I just started so have a long way to go.
I have an eye appointment tomorrow and hope new glasses will help me see better while quilting. I am working on an applique and it needs much smaller stitches
I finished marking the Reindeer snowflake whole cloth top and got it pin basted.
I will post pictures of quilting that soon