Monday, January 13, 2014

Hand Quilting

It has been so long since I posted here. I hope everyone has begun the New Year well. I just wanted to post a couple of photo's of my version of Kim's gorgeous Flower Garden quilt.


After spending about 18 months putting this quilt together, I decided I wanted to take my time quilting it. I am using six different coloured perle 8 threads and very densely hand quilting across the entire quilt. My rows are 1/4 inch apart and that is making the quilt very textural and bubbly!!!


The quilting shows up really well on the back...


I have one long panel to go and then the borders. It takes a while, but I am not in any hurry. Hand work is worth the wait don't you think?

35 comments:

  1. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful, love your background and your backing. Great finish.

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  2. I applaud your perseverance and your determination. You'll get there.... in the end!!! It's already looking fantastic.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Vreni xo

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  3. Great quilt and quilting. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. I love this quilt-especially the hand quilting. It is really beautiful and has a ton of texture! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Coach Tina, I do love the texture, it feels amazing. xo

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  5. Amazing! You have created something really special!

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  6. Looks fabulous...very special indeed!

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  7. Very effective! Love it! Congratulations.

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  8. It's too hot to quilt Cathy. I love the effect of the stitching over the applique so much. It's such a luscious rich looking quilt.

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    1. Thank you Janet, I'm so glad that heatwave is over, there was definitely no stitching done this week!! xo

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  9. How gorgeous Cathy, love that thread for quilting it makes the quilt looks very glamorous ( is this the right spelling) I must have a look at this thread, is it the DMC one? it is going to be really glorious when done! K

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    1. Thank you Kim. Yes I am using the DMC perle 8 threads. They are so beautiful to work with. xo

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  10. Cathy--it's a work of art! I'm thrilled to see what you're doing with it. Of course the hand-quilting is worth the time! I bet you are relishing every stitch. It's very inspiring--thank you for showing us. Has Keiko Goge seen this? She should.

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    1. Thank you Leland, you are so right, I am absolutely loving stitching it this way, it feels amazing. Yes, Keiko has seen it, and has sent me a beautiful email. Very special. xo

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  11. Kim's quilts really deserve hand quilting, don't they? I'm so glad you are taking the time to do it. You inspire me!

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    1. Thank you Marion, I agree, Kim's quilts are fabulous. I love how it is turning out. Thank you for your kind words. xo

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  12. Would have never thought to quilt it this way but it is perfect. Love the textured effect. Beautiful and kudos to you!!

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    1. Thank you so much Nedra, the texture is fun! xo

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  13. Cathy, it is fantastic! I love your pieced background, and the quilting is the perfect finish. I always wonder, though, does all that extra perle cotton make it heavy? Just for future reference, you understand!

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    1. Thank you Monica. Yes, I think all that hand quilting is making the quilt heavier. I did think I would never want to sit under something so heavily quilted, however because it is done by hand, it is actually staying quite soft, and I just need to keep patting all that texture!! If I was doing a lap quilt though, I would quilt less lines, perhaps an inch apart rather than 1/4 inch. xo

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  14. Wow! Your quilt looks lovely! I remember when you began with this unusual background and it is outstanding! The hand quilting is great, too!

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    1. Thank you Judith, I wasn't sure if I liked the background for a while, but I think all the hand quilting has really softened the background stripes. xo

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  15. Your quilting is beautiful, and yes it's well worth the wait.

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  16. So pretty! You're doing an awesome job on the quilting. What's going in the borders?

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    1. Thank you Eileen, at this point I am just planning the same sort of stitching going around the borders. Keeping it simple I think. xo

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  17. Wow wow wow, what a beautiful and bright quilt. Well done. the quilting adds to the quilt
    Cheers Pauline

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    1. Thank you Pauline, I am loving the dimension the close hand quilting is giving the quilt. xo

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  18. What a beautiful way to finish this quilt! I am inspired!

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