I'm just so glad I returned to hand quilting again - different technique and tools - and finally found a way that is pain free for me and totally enjoyable. Here are some closeups of the quilting - not perfection in hand quilting, but it has the soft traditional look that I'm striving for.
And when I say "not perfection" that includes nicking the background with my scissors (insert ladylike expletive at the time) - not just once, but twice - making two little holes! So repairs were required - one I darned as it seemed easiest, and the other was too big and needed a patch. Here they are and the truth is that, in the big picture, they won't get noticed so why worry?
Stars meet Hexagons:
I finished making daisy chains of hexagons and appliqued them around the border. With a red binding I think that will do.
I'm thinking of trying big stitch hand quilting on this one. That will be my second venture back into hand quilting and I'm quite excited to try with the thicker thread - Aurifil no 12 perhaps. There are a gazillion seams in this top due to all the little English paper pieced diamonds and hexagons - so I am expecting it might be tougher to stitch through...we'll see.
Benjamin Biggs wedding quilt: Block 12 finished - a relatively simple one this time.
The rabbits must have been in shock at the sudden change, but now they hop around on it and munch the grass - but no digging (touch wood).
Hard to believe the difference the colour green makes - it sets off the hydrangeas like never before.
Well they turned out either too dry, too moist or too flat, and I won't even start on the various icing failures... not good. Some clever people make it look so easy, sigh.
But I did manage to create a double batch of these (using my homegrown raspberries).
Thanks for all the encouragement and quilting inspiration throughout this year - it has been a wonderful adventure for me.
Have yourselves a Merry little Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.
|He feels like I felt after my cupcake failures!