Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ready for quilting

It's that time of the year when the days become shorter and the temperatures are dropping. And that means I need to have a larger hand quilting project in my hoop.
This is a block sampler project from a shop hop last year in the Kingston area. I turned these blocks into a quilt top using a star sashing and it has been waiting for quilting.

This project is on my 2014 UFO list, and I should really be working on my September UFO. But this quilt won't leave me alone! And it insists on being hand quilted. 

So I have been pin basting it this week and thinking about how I will quilt it. 

I think I will just quilt 1/4" inside the seam lines without marking. I have the threads all picked out and am going to be bold with using a red and a blue coloured thread, even on light patches. And since I am using these thicker threads, I will try bigger stitches using an embroidery needle. We shall see how that goes! Stay tuned...

17 comments:

  1. best of luck with the hand quilting, I have just hand quilted one and although the stitches are a bit too big and vary in size my daughter Helen loves it, I know have sore fingers but it was worth it cannot seem to find a thimble that fits

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  2. Looking forward to seeing your progress on this as I always have trouble deciding how to quilt my patchwork tops...

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  3. I just love that top ... the pieced sashing really makes it, doesn't it? I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of this gorgeous quilt on Sunday's. I can't wait to see your progress!

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  4. Your sashing and borders are perfect for the blocks...they make the whole quilt sing! I can understand why this quilt wants to be hand quilted!

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  5. it looks wonderful and I will be watching the progress. I have several applique quilts and hand piecing to keep me busy all winter and maybe two winters at that LOL - a good time to work on them with the winter coming and the new seasons of tv shows back on

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  6. Oh exciting! Can't wait to see how it turns out :)

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  7. Sounds like a good plan to me (the non-hand quilter).

    Daylight hours here are decreasing, too . . .

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  8. Your sampler quilt top is beautiful!
    Enjoy the hand quilting process!
    I look forward to following your progress.

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  9. Beautiful quilt top, Kathy! I just really love that star sashing--it pulls it all together so nicely, hugs, Julierose

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  10. Lovely quilt top. I like the idea of bolder quilting threads. Look forward to seeing the progress.

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  11. Doesn't that fun sashing just change the whole look of a quilt? Love it!
    Good luck on your big stitch quilting. I really struggle to keep the "big stitches" big and even. I worked so hard to get tiny hand quilting stitches that now big stitching seems counter-intuitive and I struggle to maintain it. : )

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  12. it's the rich warm colors..that's why it wants quilted in the fall ! :)

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  13. A very lovely quilt top! I really like the sashing. I did something similar with my Wonky Wishes blocks. I like your idea of the red and blue quilting thread.

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  14. I really love how you sashed your your sampler blocks. Good ideas about it's quilting.

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  15. When the quilt talks sometimes you have to listen. It's going to be nice when it's done. Just a few more days in September.

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  16. Have fun with the hand work. Sounds like you have a great plan worked out for the quilting.

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