Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Catching Up

It's kind of embarrassing to see how long it was since I last posted.  Things are well here, and there is a bit to catch up on.

For the past several months, my evenings have usually been spent on hand quilting a whole cloth quilt. Hand piecers (and especially hand quilters) Unite!!  The hand quilting was a dream.  I used a cotton lawn on both the front and the back and a wool batting.  It is feather light.  The biggest challenge on this project was the marking.  I didn't mark every element - but just the BONES of it.  I measured and sectioned off the rows and marked the large wreath in the center and the cables.  Once those were quilted, I used hand made stencils to mark the leaves as I went.  There are some individual elements that I hand drew and the cross hatching was marked using masked tape.  Basically, I made it up as I went along.  Most of the elements are classic whole cloth quilting motifs - particularly from the British Isles.  Those antique whole cloth quilts from the UK that I love were the inspiration for this quilt.

Other elements were completely individual to me.  Because of the many hours spent quilting this summer watching Detroit Tiger games - I needed some comfort and solace.  Those were some difficult games to watch, but if you are a diehard fan - NOT watching isn't an option.  There are Detroit Tiger motifs stitched into this quilt: Olde English D's, baseballs, mitts, bats, and leaping tigers.

Here is the quilt drying on the dining room table.  There is more on the sides.  I tried to take photos outside of the entire quilt - but all I got is red glare, but you get the idea.  The wool batting, and the shiny cotton lawn fabric really makes the quilting pop.

In other news...... those worn sofa cushions got an upgrade. In an effort to use up and recycle, I only used quilt blocks in my "orphan block" basket. Those blocks left over from other projects.  And yes, they are machine quilted.  Speed was one reason, practicality was nother.  Gibby spends a lot of time on the sofa arranging the pillows.  I wanted these pillows Gibby proof.

See what I mean?

and lastly....... The Derby House Block of the Month is starting!!!!!!

 Today I sent out invoices to the people who signed up with me.  They were emailed to the account associated with their Etsy account.  If you were one of these...... check to see if you received it. Check your spam account too.  I have had a few emails shoot back to me as incorrect.  We'll get it all sorted in the next day or so - and Month 1 will be in the mail shortly.  The next couple of days will be cutting fabric.




Robin said...

Your whole cloth quilt is so wonderful. Absolutely beautiful job of hand quilting.

Yvonne said...

Love the mug! Love to handquilt, wish I could handquilt all my tops. Love your whole cloth!

Laurie said...

I think my e mail might be wrong because I did not receive an invoice for the BOM. I am looking forward to this quilt.

Nancy said...

You do dance to your own drummer girl. Those baseball designs on that gorgeous quilt will have someone scratching their head in the year 2030, but hey, for now........GO TIGERS! I love your free spirit as well as your great taste in fabrics and quilts.

Phyllis said...

Your quilting is exquisite! Just gorgeous!
The new quilt is a beauty too, I am sure the BOM will be very succesful.
Love everything in this blogpost actually :-)

Sherrill said...

My Texas Rangers AND Dallas Cowboys have both been pathetic this year and I had NO trouble turning them off and not watching. My thought is those guys are paid TONS of money to play a game and if they can't pull that off, I'm not sharing the misery!! LOL That hand quilting is SO STUNNING! I can't imagine the hours and hours involved in that finish.

Cheryl said...

Hi Laurie, I know I read somewhere your recommended way to prep fabrics for Derby House bom, but I cannot find that now. Can you post some tips? I try to get my work to look like yours....so I appreciate the help.

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