Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Anyway, I wanted to show you the last quilt I finished. This was from a 9-patch block exchange I participated in last year with eight other women at the Point Bonita quilt retreat. I cherry picked for the most "old-timey" looking blocks, and decided on the double 9-patch which is one of my favorite blocks. I auditioned several fabrics - including three different toiles - for the background, and settled on the tan toile.
At this point I feel I must make the following note:
I have only recently become acquainted with a number of quilt blogs, including inspired by antique quilts , which is a remarkable blog and hugely inspiring in itself. Lo and behold, down in the archives the author posts her red double nine-patch, set in red and white toile. Very similar to my quilt. Kathy, if you see this, I want you to know I did not steal your idea. But I do give you credit for coming up with the idea before I did.
Moving on, my preferred method of quilting is to start by pin basting, then machine quilt in the ditch between the blocks to lock the whole thing down. Then I hand quilt in the open areas, and wherever else it will show and look pretty. This makes it go way faster, the process is much less tedious, and the result is, it has the look and feel of a totally hand quilted quilt.
I rarely send my tops out to a long-arm quilter, but sometimes will machine quilt the entire quilt myself. I use a Bernina 150 with a walking foot. I rarely do any free motion quilting on my machine as I have never really gotten the hang of it, and the process is very stressful to me. I much prefer the relaxation of hand quilting.
Sometimes I quilt in my big hoop...
sometimes I quilt in a pvc frame...
...and sometimes I quilt off the frame, or partially off like here, like when I get close to the edge. If this looks strange its because my quilting hand is holding the camera!
OK, so totally off the subject, another discovery I made this morning is that Lonestar Quilting is having a 30% off sale, so you might want to get over there and check it out. The have a slew of reproduction fabrics - I myself ended up buying more than a few cuts... I may post on that later.
Have a wonderful day!