Sunday, September 4, 2022

Welsh Beauty

Another row of hand quilting across Welsh Beauty has been accomplished.

Here is my quilting from the right side toward the left side.

The corner motif reaches into the quilt. It's nice to quilt something besides crosshatching.

There is 3 - 4 sections of crosshatching until we reach the left side motif.

This is part of the corner motif.

Left edge.

As you can see, I have a puckering problem on the left side. Hopefully I've got it pinned well enough the puckers will quilt out. I don't know why this is happening but I'll be done soon so it shouldn't be too big of a problem.

This is what I'll be quilting next on the right side, a lot of the corner motif.

If you look at the top of this crosshatching, you'll see flowers that belong to the border. There are at least 2 passes of quilting before I reach those flowers. Those weird marks on the quilt are impressions from the pin heads. By the time that section is rolled down and ready to be quilted, they will have disappeared.

In my last post about Welsh Beauty, I told you I'm cutting 10 yards of thread in 1 yard pieces to keep track of how many yards of thread I'm using. This is my high tech method.

I just use this old yardstick to measure. I hold the end of the thread with my right hand then most the spool of thread to the left. When I'm at the left edge of the yardstick, I cut the thread and do it again, counting as I measure.

I then place the yardstick on top of the thread to keep it in place and keep the thread straight. It doesn't tangle doing it this way. The striped fabric is the cloth I keep on the quilt when I'm not quilting. The stick lays on the back of the quilt, I don't take the whole cloth off when I quilt.

That yardstick brings back a lot of memories! They closed so many years ago and it's been at least 20 years since 219 was our area code.

Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Handmade Monday, Design Wall Monday, Craftastic Monday


Created by Kathi said...

I love looking at your whole cloth work... in fact I think after Purple Heart is done and binding is applied I will pull the PVC frame out with my colorful whole cloth still in the quilting stage and work on it until my next project is ready for a start!
Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead my friend!

Ivani said...

I don't get tired to admire this beauty. Your hand quilting work just amazes me it is wonderful. Have never heard about a yardstick to meajure and make the thread flat, very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend, Gretchen.

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

do you always keep track of how much thread you use? is this just for your curiosity? Also could you show a whole photo of your quilting frame, I'm wondering what kind you use that you are using pins
Your quilting is beautiful as always and your stitches so even

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Love that high tech method you are using to track thread lengths! As always, totally gobsmacked at how even and beautiful your stitching looks. I too would love to see your quilting frame. Happy Stitching!!

Linda said...

Your hand stitching is gorgeous.

Jayne Honnold said...

I never tire of seeing your progress on Welsh Beauty! And high tech! Ha! I love it! Sometimes the simple, old-fashioned ways work best, as you so cleverly figured out. Thanks for sharing and taking us on this journey with you!

Katy Sweigart said...

This is so beautiful! I don’t comment often, but I truly enjoy watching your progress on this.

Karrin Hurd said...

I never tire admiring your beautiful quilting!

CathieJ said...

I love seeing pictures of you hand quilting. Your stitches are so uniform. I am jealous. I have yet to perfect that. Enjoy your stitching. I sounds like you are fairly close to a finish.

MKQuilter@hotmailcom said...

Your quilting is so beautiful it is mesmerizing. Would it be possible to post a picture of your frame. I am a hand quilter also and I was just curious. Peace and blessings!I love your blog!
Mary K

Nancy said...

Every time I see this quilt-in-progress I am in awe of your fine quilting stitches. They are amazing. And maybe even more so is that it's impossible to tell when you've finished a thread and started a new one. This quilt will be gorgeous!
Did you baste the layers and, if so, how? Could your basting have something to do with the puckering on the left size? (I don't have a lot of experience here, so the question isn't to question your method but my wondering.)
I finished a small quilt a month or so ago and had a similar problem but I figure out it was the way I was marking the quilt as I was going along so completely different situation than yours.

Jenny said...

I know it's been said before but I do love watching your quilting progress on Welsh Beauty. Thanks so much for sharing your quilting updates with us all.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Gretchen it is beautiful! What an Heirloom when finished. You accomplish so much and I know this quilt will have taken you countless ours of hand quilting. I just wish I had started quilting when I was younger. Hugs and Congrats on your beautiful hand quilting! Hugs

Deanna W said...

I love how a quilt looks as it is being hand quilted. It is going to be a beautiful quilt when it is complete.

Tazzie said...

Wow Gretchen, this is looking fabulous! You must be feeling like the finish line is in sight for this beauty!

Helen said...


Sue Daurio said...

those are some of the most beautiful hand quilted stitches I've ever seen. that is going to be an heirloom when it's done, just beautiful!