Thursday, November 16, 2006

Phew! Romy's quilt nearly finished...


Once you see these photos you'll see why it took so long for me to finish hand quilting Romy's quilt. The 'rows' are about a 1/4" apart. I did the first one by mistake too close to the other and then decided I really liked the effect! I stipple quilted around the friendship stars and across the floral fabric and I did a wave pattern in the fat border. I love it!

It was so relaxing and I really got a great sense of satisfaction when I put the last stitch in. I felt like I found a rhythm and didn't miss too many stitches going all the way through to the back. I also discovered that using flannel backing 'swallows' a lot of the back of your stitches so that although the stitches are definately there it sometimes doesn't look like it. But who's going to be looking at the back anyway! You can still see some of the chalk marks - let's hope they all wash out at the end!

All that's left to do now is to trim, bind and attach the 'made by me' label to the back. I am proud of myself getting this far...just in time for summer! Of course, I say just in time for summer, but we're in the middle of a cold snap here and there was actually some snow on the ground yesterday here in Canberra! And it's only two weeks till summer starts. Crazy weather gods!!

(Please excuse the very average photos. I need some tips on how to photograph quilts obviously!)

13 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Lily - have you put some work into that quilt - your stitching close together looks like kantha quilting - the whole thing is looking wonderful - well done you. So what's next? a king size for DH and you?

Clare said...

Lily - that is beautiful. Boy have you dome some quilting. How are your eyes LOL.

And for the next project ???????

Caitlin said...

That close stitching looks great! I hope you'll get lots of ooooos and aaaahs when you show it (Are you a Canberra Quilter's member? I reckon show and tell is the best part of the meeting!)

Oh yeah - hi, I'm Caity, used to live in Canberra, miss the people but DON'T miss the cold! had a text from a friend yesterday telling me it was SNOWING there when we were in tshirts and shorts here in Toowoomba... today has been realllllly cold though and we're going down to 6 tonight - Nothing like Canberra cold but FREEZING up here!

Hedgehog said...

Looks great - congratulations!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

congratulations I know that must have felt good to finish your quilting! Looks very nice :O)

joyce said...

You did a great job! Stippling by hand is mind-boggling to me. It's hard enough on the machine. That will be an heirloom if it doesn't get loved to death.

Dianne said...

Oh, Lily, the quilt is wonderful, and the hand quilting superb! You did such a great job -- I hope you're really proud of yourself.

How did you learn to hand quilt? Did you take a class, or just teach yourself? I'm hoping to learn at some point, though I think most of my quilts will be machine-quilted.

Tiffany said...

It is so beautiful! What a wonderful piece of art to have created! Congrats!

Sandra said...

Hand quilting really makes quilts special! I love the border fabric - very pretty :-)

Tina said...

Wow Lily, what an awsome job on Romily's quilt are you sure you just started quilting...LoL
Hey I ordered the books I can't wait to start reading them I should have them by the end of the week I'll let you know what I think...
Love and Hugs Tina

anne bebbington said...

Lily - a quillow is a small quilt probably lap sized or single bed sized that folds up and then the whole thing flips inside out into a cushion cover which is stitched on the back - the art apparently is in the folding - I haven't got my head round that yet - making the quilt will be a breeze, a very quick rail fence probably, the difficult bit will be positioning the cushion cover on the back and sorting out the folding bit :o)

Judy said...

The quilt is done and FABULOUS!!! I'm sure that it will be something Romy will keep for the rest of her life whether she sues it that long or not. It's perfect and you did such a wonderful job on the quilting!

Great job accomplished!

Like the new look!!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

The quilting looks fantastic. What a star you are!