Thursday, August 6, 2015

Always, Always Another Quilt in the Hoop

Sometimes it's hard to 'see' how the stitching is going to look in terms of a fully stitched quilt. Everything is right there inside the hoop and there's no real sense of texture. Once again I settled with lighter colored thread as all the darker colors seemed to distract from my pretty scraps.
Old Fashioned Strings in the hoop
But the lighter colored threads sort of disappear into the quilt which always makes me wonder. You know, wonder why I even bother with hand quilting efforts if the threads are just going to vanish? As I finish a hoop or two, I have to pull back and take a good long look. Hmm....
Looking at the completed stitching...
Gotta trust our intuition. It rarely steers us wrong! As you can see, I'm stitching a very loose 'Kantha' style pattern {with #8 Perle Cotton in neutral colors} which the quilt seems to be absorbing with great delight. Always a relief to have it verified so as to move forward with greater confidence.
It's starting to show me what I can expect going forward!
And look what arrived in the mail from Diane! Ahhh... I am hooked already. What a beautiful publication!
A lovely gift...
It looks like there's a sale on subscriptions too. Can I weasel this one into my budget? Along with Quiltmania, my long adored fave? And better yet, will my husband even notice? haha Thanks so much Diane, for putting me in this dilemma!

*You can read more on the details of this quilt over here.

21 comments:

  1. What gorgeous texture Audrey! This quilt is going to be fantastic! Your bright scraps make this such a happy quilt. Handquilting is always worth it in my opinion :0)

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  2. love the quilt and so colorful too! We are obsessed with quilts aren't we.

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  3. Love your handquilting, looks great even on the pictures.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  4. I do the same thing. You think you're getting nowhere with your quilting, but out of the hoop is a different story. I like the way you're quilting this one.

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  5. This is such a bright cheerful scrappy quilt ! Love to see your stitching :)

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  6. This is such a bright cheerful scrappy quilt ! Love to see your stitching :)

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  7. another magical scrappy quilt Audrey...

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  8. I truly love this quilt, so much that it's now on my official bucket list. Your hand quilting is just perfect. Can see the wonderful texture from here. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. You can't go wrong with hand quilting Audrey, even when it disappears. This will be lovely.

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  10. I think the quilting looks just lovely - I can see it well enough, without it distracting from the quilt. I haven't seen that magazine before - it looks fab!

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  11. It's working out beautifully. Makes me want to hand quilt one. The publications looks wonderful!

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  12. It's the perfect quilting for this quilt. I love how it brings out the scrappy look without overpowering it. I love it.

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  13. Oh I love the texture you are creating! Beautiful as usual!

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  14. Although the colour isn't visible, the texture is and that is AMAZING! Everyone who sees it will reach out their hand to touch... I guarantee it!

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  15. I think the Kantha style is perfect for this quilt. I keep going back to my local bookstore and picking up Simply Moderne - - - should I or should't I?

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  16. Wonderful texture. Your quilting hoop doesn't even have a chance to cool off before you add the next quilt. Fantastic.

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  17. I don't think the quilt and quilting need to compete with each other. Looks like you've achieved a beautiful balance.

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  18. Here's to another beautiful quilt! A fabulous color arrangement, It's colorful and cheery. The cornerstone caught my eyes, I love that you chose a subtle color print for those. The hand stitching is superb!

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  19. I must have missed when you were working on this quilt. I love it! The quilting is looking Very Good!

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  20. Perfect quilting for that quilt which looks like it would be perfect to sleep under on a cold, cold winter night. Very simple, very cozy, very attractive.

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  21. Love this quilt! All those fabrics, all those colors, so cheerful! Your quilting is beautiful.

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