Sunday, December 2, 2018

Quilting Progress

I'm excited to show you what I've accomplished with my hand quilting on the Pastor's Attic this week. 

Quilting between applique rows 1 and 2 happened this week. For the first time you can see the designs in the center corners of the blocks. I couldn't reach to the top of the designs but I think you'll get the idea.


You can see how I'm quilting into the above applique block. The top applique hasn't been quilted.

The edge of the corner quilting shows.


I enlarged the picture so you can see the quilting easier.

 The design will be finished after I roll next week. 

The fabric looks more yellow in some of the photos. The cream is the true color.


I enjoyed appliqueing this red design. It took awhile but it was fun.


The next corner section. I stitched on the edge of the seam allowance making sure I quilted the least amount of bulk.


This block was also fun to applique. At the Davis Mercantile in Shipshewana, they have a quilt on display with all the blocks this design. Maybe someday.


I've never used this stencil before. I was able to reach to the top so this design is finished.




For fun I fussy cut the centers of these flowers. 


This is the right edge of the quilt. This is half a stencil on the edge. This is the same design as the second picture at the top.

I got the idea to have quilting designs in the corners years ago when I saw an antique quilt quilted this way. Of course I don't remember which quilt it was anymore, maybe Benjamin Biggs?

When I appliqued these blocks, I did not cut out the fabric behind the flowers and leaves. That would have made less bulk for quilting but the antique appliqued quilts weren't sewn that way. This way when my applique is old, worn and wears off, the original fabric will be underneath to make repairs easier.

Several of you have commented on how I'll be glad when this quilt is finished. I haven't thought that far ahead! I'll be glad to have the first row of applique completed next Sunday. There are four more rows of applique after this row is completed.

Hand quilting is not a fast activity. If you want speed, have your quilt machine stitched!

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Oh Scrap, Show & Tell Monday With BambiMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's Away, Moving It Forward, Esther's Wednesday WOW!

23 comments:

Kathy S. said...

Oh, Gretchen! Your stitches are gorgeous! I love seeing the progress on Pastor's Attic. I love seeing your stitch designs emerge.

Design Originals by KC said...

Wow Gretchen! Pastor's Attic is just breathtaking!!! When I think it can't get any better or more intricate or interesting... you take it up another notch with your hand quilting <3 I am gob smacked... not a word I use much but the only word I can think of to say how breathtakingly beautiful and how speechless I am from it... I hope to grow up to stitch with your adventure some day! lol Kathi

Birthe Marie said...

Wow! That quilt and also the hand quilting is amazing! :-)

CathieJ said...

Your stitching is wonderful. I can't see your markings, but I assume that you have marked all of those gorgeous stencils. They complement the applique of the quilt wonderfully.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love this quilt and the way you are quilting it. yes hand quilting is not super fast but it is very rewarding and relaxing for those of us that do it. I can never understand why some will not give it a try on a small piece and see if they actually like to do it.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Just love seeing your hand quilting progress! Love the addition of the motifs in the corner and the half motifs along the border. Very traditional indeed! Isn't it wonderful to pull ideas from great antique quilts.

Quilter Kathy said...

So beautiful... I feel so happy looking at your photos! I really like the new stencil design in the 6th photo!

Gretchen Weaver said...

The other stencils were used on my blue & white churn dash quilt. I always peruse stencils when I'm at a quilt shop. I'm glad I made you happy, I feel very happy how the quilting looks.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I knew how I wanted to quilt this pattern before I even started appliqueing the blocks! I'm so enjoying my quilting journey this winter.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I just kept quilting this week, I was so excited to see the designs emerge.

Frédérique said...

Love your hand quilting, your quilt is going to be lovely!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

This is so stunning! I love how the quilting designs looked tucked under the applique. Such a beautiful effect. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

tubakk said...

Beautiful quilting, a great job.

charis Anna's mum said...

Your quilting is beautiful. Can I ask, do you mark the quilt top before you sandwich and baste it?

charis Anna's mum said...

Your quilting is beautiful. Can I ask, do you mark the quilt top before you sandwich and baste it?

Catarina C said...

What a lovely quilting, couldn´t be better, looking forward to se the quilt!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your work is breathtaking!

Marti said...

Your stitching is gorgeous! I love all the detail and can't wait to see the whole quilt finished.

Sue said...

I am loving watching your quilting progress Gretchen. I too cant wait to see a photo of the quilt when you have finished.

Rebecca Grace said...

Your applique and hand quilting are both superb! I'm personally not all that happy when a quilt is finally finished. When you work on something for so long and suddenly it's over, it's kind of bittersweet. Like sending a kid off to college and finding yourself all alone in a quiet house!

evaj said...

Thank you for your inspiration on the Show and Tell Monday !! Bambi hug



Susie H said...

Thank you for all the photos of your hand-quilting. It really showed us all that you're doing and doing so well!

canuckquilter said...

Your quilting is beautiful. I love the delicacy of a hand quilted line of stitches.