Sunday, February 28, 2021

Blue Stars, Starting the Center

After I rolled the last time, just to change things up a little, I quilted the left side borders then the left side block.


This is a closeup of the fussycut center of the block.

Then I moved my chair to the right side of the quilt and quilted the right side quilt block then the right side borders.




A close up of the fussycut center of this block.

Now for the exciting part I've been looking forward to, I started quilting the center of the quilt. The quilting design was given to me years ago from an employee of a quilt shop. She just gave me a printed piece of paper, I don't have a name for this design, I call it curved triangles.


The quilting lines are marked with a light gray pencil which doesn't show in the photos. This looks so nice with the variegated blue thread. The blue thread is Sulky 12 weight and the white is YLI regular hand quilting thread. I am quilting on a Grace quilting frame.

Most of my Amaryllis have quit blooming but this beauty just opened. It's bud had 3 flowers and is a little darker red then the other ones I've shown you.

There is another Amaryllis which will be blooming for the first time in March. I'll show you that one next week.

Some commenters have asked about the embroidered quilt in the background. This is Grandma's Embroidered Blocks and you can read about it here.

26 comments:

Jenny said...

Your hand quilting is always so beautiful. The curved triangles you are quilting look delightful around the lovely applique.

Katie said...

This quilt is beautiful and looks like so much fun! I love that bluejay! And I have such Amaryllis envy :)

Frédérique said...

Lovely curved triangle quilting design! And great progress on your quilting. Pretty flower too!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Such great texture with the curved triangles! Your quilting is always a sight to behold!

scraphappy said...

That is a nice center quilting design! It is visually interesting without taking over the appliqué

Deb A said...

Beautiful quilting choices on your beautiful quilt.

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

so do you have a stencil with those curved diamonds? that is an interesting pattern, I don't think I have seen it before it looks really great.

Little Penpen said...

Those feathers are beautiful and I love the curved diamonds in the middle, too. Your stitches are amazing!

Gretchen Weaver said...

The lay gave me a piece of paper which I copied several times. The design is dark enough it showed through the white background fabric without using a light box. I could easily see to trace the design onto the fabric. I've never seen it anywhere else either and I always look at the stencils when I'm at a fabric store. I've also checked online stencil stores, they don't have it either. I think it must have been an original design from the store which has since closed.

Maggie said...

Love the little bird with all the blue and yellow. Your hand quilting is a treat.

Karrin Hurd said...

Gorgeous hand quilting as usual. Love those curved diamonds! Your Amaryllis is beautiful!

Design Originals by KC said...

I love seeing your hand quilting progress today Gretchen... I love that curved triangles design... I have a stencil for that too <3 Kathi

Birthe Marie said...

This is amazing! Beautiful fabrics and your hand quilting make me speechless with admiration!

Kim said...

Isn't the curved triangle quilting lovely; I haven't seen this pattern before. It looks amazing highlighting your lovely applique flowers. Those fussy cut birds are pretty. Love the diagonal quilting showing off these little blocks. Your Amaryllis has flowered beautifully this year.

CathieJ said...

Oh I love the curved triangle quilting design. How elegant! I like those fussy cut birds. They add a little something to each block.

Rebecca Grace said...

Your curvy triangle quilting design looks amazing! Gretchen, I may have asked you this before but I can't remember. What kind of batting do you use for hand quilting like this? You have such a nice soft puff between your stitching lines that really accentuates your quilting.

Gretchen Weaver said...

For this quilt I'm using a low loft Fairfield polyester batting. I don't want a lot of puff, this batting seems to work well.

Sara said...

Your quilting is awesome! So beautiful.

Sue said...

I just love your hand quilting Gretchen, and the curvy triangles are great!! A lovely pattern.

chrisknits said...

Just gorgeous quilting!!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Your quilting is gorgeous, Gretchen. I have a question. How did you mark your curvy triangle pattern onto your quilt ? I have several quilting designs on paper but have yet to use them.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I was fortunate I could see the design through the white background without using a light box. I used a Prismacolor Verithin pencil, color Argent Metallique #753 Metalli Silver. This is a very light gray. I can see it easily when I'm quilting but if you stand back 2 or 3 feet, you can't see the line at all. Someone found the quilting stencil online, I'll be sharing the link next Sunday.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Check for the pencils at an office supply store.

Lynette said...

Oh! Fun curvy triangles - I really like the way they set off the applique, and you're right about how nice that thread looks on them.

Raewyn said...

Your quilting is beautiful Gretchen; I really love the 'curved triangles' you are doing in the centre block. The Amaryllis is such a pretty red.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Thank you so much, Gretchen for the help and for the recommendation. I look forward to Sunday's post. Have a very lovely week.