I have watched this beauty grow for years, block by gorgeous block. The fabrics are so YUMMY, and every block was fussy cut and stitched with care.
My client (friend and guild-mate, Margaret) requested a spirographic, freehand flower on each hexi - a perfect choice! Combining flowers and continuous curves would secure the piecing without weakening hand-stitched seams the way ditching would.
|An overview of the quilting before the final border was filled|
Plus, I could continue the flower motif into the hexagon-shaped filler blocks for a cohesive look.
|A tiny dot marked the center, and barely visible lines marked imaginary seams|
The borders had been added by machine, so I ditched 'em and filled them up with feathers and "ladyfingers"
(aptly named by Margaret - as I stitched, I'd thought of them as U's, but I like ladyfingers better!).
|Feathers and ladyfingers fill the borders|
There were some triangular shaped filler blocks along each side of the quilt, as well. They could have been awkward, but turned into one of my favourite details once they were echoed along the seams (to avoid ditching over the hand stitching) and filled with feathers, too.
|Feathers fill the triangles along the edges, too.|
Couldn't resist this shot as the quilt came off the frame. So pretty!
My quilting is all hand guided, and --- since I am not a machine --- my freehand quilting is never perfect.
I generally embrace the handmade, "organic" look of my work . . . but sure needed a few deep breaths when starting this quilt. (Hand pieced? Four years to make, you say? No sweat. Ha!)
Thank goodness for a happy result!
There was no time for a daylight picture of the finish here, but Margaret has one on her blog. Click here to pop over for a look - and enjoy her latest knitting and piecing adventures, while you're at it!
These two adorable lap quilts went on the frame together. They shared a backing and batting, and before long I was thinking of them as "the twins" - doggone cute twins, at that!
|Two similar quilts share the frame|
Their muzzles, noses, and doggie bones were layered wool - quite thick in places.
To keep them from being "ploughed" into lumpy messes by the hopping foot, I had two choices. I could either raise the height of the foot (which might cause problems elsewhere on the quilt), or baste the muzzle area. I chose to baste.
Imagine how these little guys will look with button eyes and tiny dog tags!
|Dogs on dogs - look closely!|
If you look closely you will notice dogs in the quilting, too. (My son would call them meta dogs!)
|Cozy and sweet!|
My Little Project
Just a little peek to prove things are moving along!
This post is already crazy-long so I'm calling it a night.
Perhaps more frequent posts would equal shorter ones --- but then I'd have to think up even more catchy titles. Soooooo......nope. Not happening. ha!
(Title suggestions happily accepted! What would you call a post such as this?)
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