I have been working on hand quilting the leftover Peppered Cottons quilt.
I had a few questions about the process. To do the circles I follow the edge of the hoop. I am quilting in a 22 inch hoop so the circles are pretty large. I started in the center and did one complete circle. I quilt a few inches away from the edge of the hoop and make a full circle then I move in about an inch and make another circle following the line of the previous circle. I really don’t enjoy marking so I do this by eye…..not perfect but more fun.
Once I finish the center circle I move the hoop and overlap a bit on the next one.
Here are a few pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
The last picture is the back.
For thread I decided to use a contrasting thread. I wanted the stitches to show. I have a giant spool of vintage thread That I bout a few years ago and have already quilted about 5 quilts with. Here is the thread (it is really more tan than the picture shows) and the needle I am using.
The thread is pretty thick…..It is hard to tell in this picture but it is a lot thicker than standard 40 weight hand quilting thread. The left is the thread I am using and the right is YLI 40 weight hand quilting thread.
I would say it is about 12 weight . It takes a larger needle .
Here the smaller needle is a size 10 sharp and the larger is the one I am using. I would guess it is about a size 6 between but I can’t tell for sure , it is just the one that I took out of the pin cushion that fit the thread best.
Teddy is looking scruffy today ( he goes to see the groomer Monday) but he wanted to be in a picture
It snowed about 3 inches last night and looks like more for tomorrow so we will be inside this weekend……the garden is calling so I hope it warms up soon!