Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Quilt in progress

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Pieced, basted, ready.  There was a cotton batting already in the house, so I’m using that, although two stitches in and I hated it already—hand-quilting through a cotton batting with the big needle and big cotton thread is Un. Fun.  [note to self—learn this, wouldja?]

One of my secrets for sewing happiness:  that little fabric bowl there?  That is a miniature (and cute) (and crafted) wastebasket.  All those ravelly threads and snipped-off ends that usually end up on my pants, socks, and the floor?  They go in there.  Somehow that makes the whole thing nicer for me by an order of magnitude.  Before I figured that out, I was spending twenty minutes picking little pieces of thread off my clothes trying to get presentable again—precious seconds, people!  I’d rather be sewing! 

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The red is so red it is practically pulsating.  It is not ordinary.  It is the least ordinary color I can imagine.   I’m glad about that, too; this is my hand-pieced quilt—I even hand-pieced the back-- and it is right to be making a splash. 

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Now I need an unbroken rainy day or something.  When the sun shines in June, I can’t be indoors.  I can’t. 

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Quilt?  What quilt?

30 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous... I love the red! Totally agree with sunny June days... they were made to be outdoors!

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  2. This quilt is so alive ... It's just beautiful and who said you cannot quilt outside ??? I vote for yes ... Especially if you are hand quilting :) it's still a little cool so you can enjoy it :) beautiful... Beautiful!

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  3. No quilt.. but knitting ;)
    I am liking your quilt so much!!! It will be fabulous, it already looks like that!
    Happy quilting and enjoy sunny days!

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  4. Lovely cheerful colours - have you ever tried tying a quilt? I have done it with a couple of mine. It is quick and sort of goes well with scrappy quilts. I think there's a picture of a tied quilt on my blog. Enjoy the sunshine!
    www.thequietstitcher.com

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  5. I would never use "pulsating' in combination with "red". But in this case it is SO right.
    Your quilt is perfect, I cannot believe it is all hand-quilted. How long did that take?

    I absolutely adore your house, I can feel a lot of love and warmth in it.

    At this moment I am also working on a quilt that does not seem to end at all.
    It has all the colours of the world in it but this time I choose not to use red probably because I find it is too pulsating.

    Go ahead and have a look at the quilt-without-pulsating-red:
    http://homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2014/06/flower-quilt-la-brigitte.html

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  6. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous - you did a great job.

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  7. That red fabric really does set it all off beautifully... Cx

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  8. love the red ! i made similar last year for my manchester united supporter son and i did think it glowed, but pulsated is a much better word for it !
    can i ask what batting you would prefer to use for hand quilting ? i always do mine that way being a bit of a rubbish machinist and so far have always used cotton wadding. it is hard on the fingers though so if you can recommend something better i will give it a go .
    thank you.
    susan

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    1. I prefer to use wool batting, though I am not brand particular. It is hard to find here in my neighborhood, and is somewhat pricey, so sometimes I use cotton. The finished result is fine, but the handwork can be tough. :)

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    2. thank you Kristen, I love the idea of using wool batting and am intrigued that it is easier to hand quilt, I bet it is also a lot warmer than cotton. Now all I need to do is find some ! I don't think that will be an easy task here either.I did enquire at one on line shop that I knew had it only to be told , quite tersely, that it was discontinued due to a massive moth infestation ! A very sore point I think !! I will find some though !
      thanks again .
      susan

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  9. The quilt looks sensational. I'm not a great lover of red normally, it's not a colour I can wear. But for a quilt it looks snuggly and cosy and the red is definitely uplifting.
    Jean x

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  10. Ooh its fabulous! I reckon you could take it to your sunny chair if you really wanted to ;) I've tied quilts before, but I guess it depends what you are after. This is just brilliant!!

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  11. That quilt is gorgeous but not gorgeous enough to stay inside for! Enjoy the sunshine!!! xxx

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  12. Today's rainy day here would suit you perfectly! It's coming down sideways!That is a stonking shade of red and your quilt is ridiculously beautiful - that yarn you are also 'exhibiting' is just the shade of red I need for a new shawl project coming up. What is it please?

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    1. That's the red crochet cotton I'm using to quilt the red beast. It came to me without a label, so I don't have much info for you. It's the sort that comes wrapped in plastic at the dime store, if that helps? "Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton" is a common brand here in the US, but I don't know for sure whether this is one of hers. :)

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  13. Love your quilt ! very gorgeous ! Enjoy your sunny day !

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  14. Love the red you added to the quilt! So totally different which is awesome. :)

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  15. This is an heirloom to be sure. I am drooling over all the different fabric bits used to make your squares. I love the second picture looking down on the quilt (and cute fabric bowl/thread catcher) My family makes fun of me because I'm always sporting thread "friends" on my clothes. Enjoy the sunshine!

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  16. Your quilt looks fantastic. Make the most of the sunshine though - there'll be plenty of days to sew when you'd rather be inside.

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  17. Thank you for the fabric bowl idea for catching threads and tiny scraps. It's genius. Also, your quilt is awesome. Love the red.

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  18. I just love the red in your quilt. I've not been that bold myself thus far but it looks so good I might try bright red in a quilt too. The sunshine on Sunday was very welcome. Shame about the wet and windy weather since then :(

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  19. So vibrant and beautiful!!!! That red just makes the quilt amazing! What a happy day when you couldn't get the right grey, not that the right grey wouldn't have looked amazing too, but in a different way.
    Some things are just meant to be and that quilt just looks wonderful on your table.
    Enjoy some sunshine!
    Gill xx

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  20. Wow, your quilt is looking gorgeous! Your chair in the sun looks like a fab place to be as well, Sam xxx

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  21. I'm a still reader und I love your Blog. This quilt will be beautiful!
    Enjoy some sunshine!
    Rita

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  22. omy!
    makes me want to make a quiLt now x x x x x

    thanks for the encouragement =)

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  23. the red is stunning. It's chilly winter here and I would love to be indoors hand stitching such cozy red! In summer I can see your would be drawn away. I'm looking forward to also seeing photos of the back when you're finished as I'm trying to imagine what the hand-pieced back might look like.

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  24. That quilt is so full of cheerful energy. Love it! But I know what you mean about sunny June days being irresistible. Happy Sunshine!

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  25. You're lucky you don't have the bugs we have right now in Wisconsin. Believe me that quilt would be done. You can't be outside for more than 5 minutes its so bad right now. We think its all the rain we have been receiving. Which is a good thing but still. Congratulations on your hand quilted quilt. It is beautiful!!

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  26. I LOVE it - just saw an old quilt this morning on Pinterest with orange as the solid color alternating with patchwork. I am loving that right now! I'm planning a quilt for my sister with grey as the solid - her request.

    What is the quilting pattern you're using? I've got another quilt that will be pretty simple patchwork and I want a simple, yet powerful quilting pattern. Going to use perle cotton and a big needle - I don't mind cotton batting at all, but I only load one stitch on the needle at a time. While I watch movies in the evenings :) Just finished Bleak House, the 2005 BBC series. Fantastic.

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