Monday, July 8, 2013

A Bit of Quilting . . .

Seems as if it took forever, but I finally finished a new wall hanging for the kitchen.


I saw this particular block in a quilt in a magazine and have wanted to make it for a while.  I made my blocks 6" x 6".  The whole quilt is 33" square.


Another shot from halfway across the room.


It's all hand quilted which I've tried to show here . . . without a lot of success, I can see.

The big hold-up in finishing this piece was trying to decide the quilting design to do in the gold outer border.  I suspected whatever I did wasn't going to show up prominently.  I ended up doing two parallel wavy lines on top, bottom and each side.  And suspicions confirmed, unless you're right up next to the quilt, you can't see the stitching at all.

I succeeded (and it wasn't hard) in using only fabrics from my stash for this wall hanging.  Either there is something wrong with me or I DO have way too big a stash, because I have no desire whatsoever to purchase any more fabric right now.  

With luck, I'll eventually get over that!

16 comments:

Sandy said...

I don't quilt but I sure admire quilts, and the hard work it takes along with the patience's one must have to complete them.
Your quilt is gorgeous, I like where it's hanging, it makes a perfect art piece :-)

tpals said...

Does hand quilted mean you did all the stitching by hand? Obviously I'm not a quilter but I think it's beautiful.

Freedom Acres Farm said...

There is definitely something wrong with you ;-) Any sewer who doesn't want more fabric has a disease that needs to be cured LOL It's just not right! Beautiful quilt - Love it!!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

I will leave you my stash in my will .... you will never run out.

Sparkless said...

I made a comment and now it's gone! I said I loved how your quilt looks against your wall color, very pretty.
No stash at this house only scraps from past projects.

Stephanie said...

It came out beautiful!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Thanks so much for your kind words. I believe quilting is an art form and although I'm certainly not as talented as some quilters, I can't think of a creative endeavor I enjoy more.

Mama Pea said...

tpals - When we talk of "quilting" a piece, that refers to the stitching done to bind the quilt top to the batting and backing. So, yes, I hand quilted this one. (You can also quilt a piece on a machine.) The piecing (sewing all the different pieces of fabric together) was done by machine. Our foremothers, who were often excellent quilters, did the piecing by hand, too. Now THAT was quilting in its purest form!

Mama Pea said...

Freedom Acres Farm - I know! Even my husband is worried about me. ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - I'm sure you've heard the quilter's saying, "Whoever dies with the most fabric . . . WINS!

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Yeah, what the heck happened to your other comment? I did receive it on my e-mail list . . . but it's not here where it should be. Gremlins? Ghosts? Poltergeists?

Thank you. I am finding that certain colored fabrics are really set off by the wall color . . . and others should never be hung there!

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Thank you so much, m'dear. (Now stop reading posts and get out into that lovely garden space of yours!)

Katidids said...

Love Love LOVE IT!! This is the pattern Evie picked out for all her fat quarters. It's nice to see it made up and your work is wonderful. I love the color choices for the border, makes the blocks *pop*. Um stash? Never to much, you can count it as insulation!

Susan said...

What a perfect spot to show it off! It is just lovely. And, no, it is never possible to have too large of a stash - of fabric OR yarn.

Mama Pea said...

Katidids - I know you have a great sense of color so I appreciate your comment all the more. Thanks!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - I keep a wall hanging in that spot year round . . . changing it with the seasons and/or holidays. I know I don't have as much yarn as you, but I bet I have more fabric!