I have been so busy I have forgotten to blog! I am not sure where the time goes but I suspect that a lot of it is sewn into a quilt😉
If you have been reading for a while you have seen this quilt in progress before. (I am close to the half way point now)
I have a lot of time to think while hand quilting. One of the things I have been thinking about is making a pattern for it.
I wondered how it would work as a whole cloth rather than an applique. Rather than take away hand quilting time to try it out I decided to try it on my treadle. Just the center motif.
I realize not everyone would quilt it like this but I wanted to see if it had potential for a whole cloth design and I think it does, either for machine or hand quilting. I plan to offer it as a pattern soon.
If you want to see how I did the quilting here are a few videos
I have also been practicing my treadle embroidery
I have this stack of fabric that is calling my name
They will turn into a quilt top soon. I have some ideas but need to think for another day (sometimes I have more ideas than fabric)
One of my favorite machines died and I found another for 20 dollars…..I took the two of them apart and made them into one working machine
I’ll piece the new top on this one.
Back to hand quilting now……..it is cool enough today to get under a quilt without passing out!
I decided to make a snowflake quilt. I started by cutting a large snowflake that would fit this piece of fabric (about 44 inches square)
I traced the outline onto the fabric and then layered it for quilting.
I am doing the quilting on one of my treadle machines
Here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
I made a few videos of the process so far
Here is Teddy trying it out
I am auditioning a border for the teddy quilt
Here are some more progress pictures of the rose quilt
I am trying out something new. I am basting a quilt using my hand quilting frame. I loaded the quilt like I would for hand quilting but I will pin baste it in the frame then take it out for quilting.
I have a book cover in progress with the Singer 15
And I had Teddy do a check on the Rose Quilt
Click on pictures to enlarge
I finished up the hand quilting and binding on the scrappy 1900 quilt.
I left the edges wonky rather than trying to square it up and have to cut off a lot of fabric. My goal with this was to make it look like it was all made by the same person. I imagined how the person who made the top might do the quilting and I figured they would be as unconcerned for uniformity in the quilting as they were in the piecing so the quilting is intentionally irregular.
Here are some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
I made a video of how I did the binding. (Teddy makes an appearance)
And here are some more pictures of the garden today
I have made some progress on the hand quilted scrappy quilt. The top was made in about 1900 and was not well made at all. the seams are all variable in size and it was not flat or square. I am quilting it in a way that will go with the top…..wonky . I have to admit that it is not all that easy for me to be intentionally wonky but I think the result fits well with the top.
Teddy thinks I am crazy…I can tell by the look
I also did a few more books on my treadle …here they are front and back
I’m planning to get the scrappy quilt finished this week.
We have had a few short rain showers the last few days and the flowers appreciate it! (click pictures to enlarge)
I made another Journal
Now back to work on hand quilting……almost at the half way point on this one.
I decided that in order to get this quilt finished faster I needed to take it out of the frame and do the quilting in a hoop.
It is going much faster now and I will now be able to use the large floor frame for basting quilts.
Teddy wanted to have his picture taken as he does every time I have the camera out. He doesn’t understand the concept of video….he just knows how to sit still and look good.
I did a tree book cover with just quilting
more hand quilting next time