Thursday, January 07, 2010

Hand Quilting

Yesterday I said I wasn't sure which project would be getting my attention next. Today there was no question and if you're a long-time reader you may recognize this quilt. It's a lone star with different Celtic Applique patterns in the four corners. I'm doing a mix of machine and hand quilting on it - the star portion has been machine quilted and I've hand quilted Celtic motifs in the background around the star and applique. Now I am in a bit of drudgery stage of quilting, essentially stitching in the ditch along all that bias tubing that makes up the interlocking design. It's hard work since I've used cotton batting and a slightly heavy background and backing fabric, and quilting next to a seam is never easy at best. Small wonder that I haven't touched it much in the three years I've been here.

But I said one of the things I wanted to do this year is make time for handwork, which includes quilting, and attend to more unfinished business. This one definitely deserves to rise to the top of the unfinished business list. It is a wedding present for a nephew who will be celebrating his 10th anniversary in April. Ahem! In looking back at blog entries, I see that last year at this time I'd started quilting on it again with the resolution to finish it by the end of the year. Well, I didn't get very far on that resolution obviously. I don't have any notion of how many more hours of quilting remain (once the hand quilting is done, the border will be machine quilted), but I do wonder if I can get it done for this anniversary. I'm at least going to try (and harder than I tried last year). It helps that I've quit worrying about doing exhibit quality work. I'm sure the nephew would rather have the quilt in hand than perfectly spaced and tiny stitches.

1 comment:

Deborah said...

It's really beautiful! I love the colors and design!