Sunday, September 11, 2022

Welsh Beauty

 Another row of hand quilting across Welsh Beauty is done. For this post, I took pictures of all the cross hatching. Here are the pictures from the right edge to the left edge.









This happened as I was quilting, I used all the variegated blue thread on this spool, all 300 yards! Adding those 300 yards to the previous used 400 yards of YLI thread is 700 yards. I've added 100 more yards of YLI thread so the total yards of thread used to date is 800. This quilt just might be the quilt that breaks the 1000 yard mark! 

The quilt that I've hand quilted with the most yards of thread so far is the Pastor's Attic quilt which finished with 885 yards of thread.

One more row across the quilt and I'll start quilting the swags on the top of the quilt!

I was asked last week if I always keep track of the number of yards of thread I use. When I quilted for pay, I always kept track of my thread yardage because I charged by the number of yards of thread. 

Some quilters charge by the number of hours they put into the quilt but all quilters quilt at a different speed. All the hand quilters in my area who quilt for hire are paid by the yardage.

I don't always keep track of the number of yards of thread in a quilt but I do if I know there is going to be a high number of yards. I'm just curious that way.

Last Sunday I had several requests from commenters that they would like to see my hand quilting frame. My frame is a Grace hand quilting frame with 4 rods. I posted about the frame in my November 7, 2021 post. Each rod has a cloth leader which I pin each element of the quilt sandwich. I had been quilting for several months when I took the pictures for the November 7 post so I was unable to show you the cloth leaders. I'll try to remember to do that when I'm at the top of the quilt.

I'm taking another blogging break until sometime in October when I'll share with you what all has been happening this summer.

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

16 comments:

Karrin Hurd said...

Great progress on Welsh Beauty. Have a great break!

Linda said...


That is a lot of thread. Lovely stitching.

Ivani said...

I love reading your post Gretchen and your hand quilting is awesome.
Hope you enjoy your break. See you soon.

Florida Farm Girl said...

You do such wonderful stitching. I know, years or practice. I struggle mightily but think I'm going to try a big stitch on a wall hanging.

Arish said...

Magnífico acolchado. BESICOS.

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

what do people in your area charge for hand quilting - I ask as my daughter was asking me about it and I told her I had no clue what people charge as I would find it hard to put a price on it. I didn't realize some charged by how many yards of thread they use.

Gretchen Weaver said...

When I quit, I was charging $1/yard. Not everyone wants to pay that much but they are paying for quality work. I started having pain in my right hand/wrist so I had to take a couple year of from quilting. I only quilt for myself now and I don't have to push myself.

Birthe Marie said...

As always, it is a joy to see your hand quilting. Enjoy your brake!

Jenny said...

Beautiful quilting, as usual. Have a wonderful holiday.

maggie fellow said...

that is lot of thread - oh my

CathieJ said...

Enjoy your break! Once againg you have made great progress on your quilting.

Sharon Kwilter said...

Wow, your quilting is stunning. What do you use to mark your quilts with? I have not had good luck finding marking technology what washes out completely.

Deb said...

Amazing quilting, such dedication. Thank you so much for sharing and I look forward to you posts. Stay safe and sew on !

K Reeves said...

I was gifted a cone of white for my Welsh Beauty, I should have weighed it before I started! You are literally rolling to a finish!

Kristie said...

Oh my goodness! Perfect hand quilting! Amazing job!
Kristie

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