Sunday, November 22, 2015

Doing the Things We Love to Do....

Imagine my surprise when I noticed the leaves outside my quilting room door had the same colors as my latest circles! Hmm... I do love fall and all it's gorgeous colors. These circles represent days 27 and 28 for Quilty 365, for a total of four weeks! Yay me! So many people are joining in, being artistic, thoughtful, playful, frugal and/or just plain dedicated. Love it! Quilters really are amazing!
2 more circles for Quilty 365
I'm going back to the smaller needle and regular hand quilting thread for this quilt. At first it was hard to make the transition--that big stitch quilting requires a much larger needle! I started with the very light pink thread, ripped it out, tried every other color in the picture and then went back to the light pink.*sigh  Sometimes it's hard to know what to do. I switched to the soft gold thread for the little half square triangles and finally, finally it's starting to click for me. Some quilts just have to be cajoled and talked into a bit of stitching it seems....
Muddy River in the hoop
I also picked out a fabric for the binding on Big Stars. A bold blue was the obvious choice and I was so grateful to find enough lurking in my stash. It's a Peppered Cotton, so quite a different texture from my usual binding fabric. Now the batting needs cut off and then it's all ready for the hand stitching. If I don't get to it tonight then it will be something to work on later. Always nice to have mindless hand work to plug away with during family holidays.
Initial phase of binding on the Big Stars quilt
People keep saying that this quilt was hand quilted very quickly. Hmm.... Maybe, maybe not. I sandwiched and pinned this quilt on October 8th, put it immediately in the hoop and started stitching. The thing is, I hand quilt for an hour or two {sometimes more} almost every day of the week if time is available to me. Plus I had one day I was sitting with my cousin, helping her out and keeping her company. That was probably a five hour quilting day? The stitching pattern is merely an echo style quilting or something extremely simple and it's big stitching done with Perle cotton, something that really does move along at a faster pace compared to regular hand quilting.

Perhaps someone more dedicated to hand quilting would have doubled the stitching done on this particular quilt, but I'm feeling quite satisfied with the amount done. This is not an heirloom style quilt because I for one can see every flaw in the quilt made from my inexperience with sewing curved seams! Not that I don't appreciate the effort and skill building this quilt allowed me to undergo. I am definitely more accomplished and less frightened of this type of sewing now that I've tackled something this adventuresome! However, I am a huge advocate of putting my time into the things that will most appreciate my very intense and personal labors.

Hand quilting is my thing and yes, I do love the results. But not every quilt needs or will even look better with intensive stitching--not to my eyes or thinking. And really, what else would we base our decision making on? Some people make quilt tops just so they have something to hand stitch amazing patterns and designs on. That's not me. I hand quilt because something needs to anchor the quilt together for future use, I adore the look, appreciate the {mostly emotional} benefits, and well, honestly, it suits my lifestyle and pocketbook. Did I say that I adore the look? If I didn't, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.

So glad I have time today to link up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching!

21 comments:

  1. I love starting my day with hand work also. I try to put an hour each morning and one in the afternoon, but that doesn't always happen. I am putting a lot of stitches into Baltimore Garden but am looking forward to quilting my log cabin with some big stitches. I find both equally enjoyable. Enjoy your stitches today.

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  2. Big stitch can go faster. I believe each quilt tells you what it needs.Whether it be lots of quilting or less and more simple quilting, we need to "listen" to our quilts.

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  3. The handquilting is the frosting on this lovely quilt! I always admire your color sense - such beautiful work.

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  4. I simply cannot resist hand quilting. I strongly believe in the meditative value of hand work, and it is something I truly need. At the same time, I am trying to learn all that I can about machine stitching - it is a very different process altogether. I never plan my quilting design ahead of time. In fact I usually make that decision the first moment I put the quilt in the hoop or on my frame! PS - I unofficially joined your Quilty 365 group and am really enjoying it - thanks!

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  5. I too quilt about 2 hours a day, usually in the evening - maybe it helps relax my body out before bedtime? I too usually do not make a quilt with the intention of big feathers and wreaths and what not like you the quilting finishes the quilt

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  6. Every quilt is unique and sometimes has a will of their own! It's amazing how a few moments here or there through out a day or week can add up.

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  7. I love hand quilting. It's a very restful, thoughtful process, good in today's crazy busy world.i also do as much or as little hand quilting on each quilt that I think is appropriate. Like you I do a lot of echo quilting or quilt alongside block joins etc. My last quilt finish involved a LOT of hand quilting( a Bonnie Hunter style Wonkey Stars quilt) but I loved every minute of it and the finished result made it so worthwhile.

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  8. I am with you on the hand quilting. I love it, but I don't think every quilt calls for intricate designs. Plus, I also love the look of quilting done with Perle cotton, and I think it is so lovely and bold that too much can spoil the look of the quilt. I too tend to go with echo quilting and I think that is what I will do on my hexagon opus that I'm just getting ready to quilt.

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  9. soy quilter a mano!!
    me relaja y me hace disfrutar de cada puntada
    no pienso en la maquina nunca,
    respeto todas las opciones,
    pero yo a mano
    buena semana

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  10. Since I'm currently working on my first big stitch quilting project I try to do a little quilting every day on both that one and a regular quilting item, to stay in practice with both techniques. Finding I'm really loving the big stitch quilting, especially on the giant hexie top that needs to be finished soon. From this vantage point it looks like any of those quilting threads would look great on Muddy River. Hand quilting is absolutely the only way to go with that quilt, its soft texture will be the perfect complement to your pieced borders and the beautiful center medallion block.

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  11. I like all these projects you've shown today! I haven't tried big stitch quilting yet, it must be difficult to transition from trying to achieve small quilting stitches to this type. I haven't heard of peppered cotton?

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  12. I can't thank you enough for starting this Quilty 365 thing! I've finally finished all 36 of my Burning Leaves blocks and if it weren't for my Quilty circles, I'd have had nothing to pick up and stitch this morning! I am really enjoying this one circle at a time!

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  13. Oh, and I LOVE your Muddy River quilt. One of my favorites of yours.

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  14. Love the colors in that flower block!

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  15. I am extremely slow at hand quilting, but love to piece tops. Your circle project is so much fun!

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  16. Yes, that blue binding is perfect -- a lucky find in your stash! And it is nice to see Muddy Creek in the hoop, I love the colours in that one. You have such a great flow from one project to the next -- I'm still trying to find the right pace!

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  17. What fun to see your circles already changing color with the seasons. I am planning to start on January 1 with a calendar layout for the year of 2016. I can already see it in my mind. What a great project! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Love that Muddy River quilt! I finished circle # 19 this afternoon...am so enjoying this project. I need to finish a couple small projects so I can do some more hand quilting...it is also one of my favorites....handwork, whether, knitting, quilting, embroidery etc is just so good for my state of mind--relaxing....hugs, Julierose

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  19. I also hand quilt all my quilts. I like the look and frankly I can't afford to pay someone else to do my work. It's my hobby after all...I wouldn't expect my husband to pay someone else to putt the ball in the hole after he got it on the green! What type of needle do you use for your big stitch quilting? I have tried it but found my needle to be so blunt that it made the work difficult.

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  20. Hi Audrey!!!! I'm so so sorry I disappeared up the passage that is instagram!!
    I, like you, quilt everyday. It only took me 3 weeks to hand quilt my Irish chain, and I only spent a few hours a day sewing.
    I'm very sorry that I found you and then lost you! I shall try to pop in more often.. Still love your work x

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  21. Ps. I'm just beginning an appliqué journey, so I might need your help with that x

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