Welsh Beauty is completed FINISHED!!!!!!! Completely finished, labeled and bound!!!!!!
The hand quilting process started in August 2021, the first post was in September.
After the binding was finished, Welsh Beauty was rinsed (not washed because I didn't add any detergent) and rinsed on the delicate cycle of my washing machine with cold water. She really shrank! I didn't measure before washing but the package said the quilt was 90" by 108". After washing she now measures 83" by 101" using cold water!
The blue quilting thread doesn't show up very well in the pictures. I took the quilt back to the farmhouse to use the quilt line on the porch.
The cross hatched squares measured 1" before washing, after washing they measured 3/4".
Here is a picture of the side swags.
A close up of the quilting from one of the corners.
The backing fabric was a brown figured whole cloth fabric. I didn't want muslin on the back, it's already on the front! I had originally planned to use a variegated brown thread but changed my mind and used variegated blue thread instead.
A hand quilted quilt needs a hand embroidered label. I took this picture in a different room, the blue thread shows better.
A total of 902 yards of thread were used in quilting.
People always ask what I'm going to do with a quilt. I'm keeping this one for sure, eventually it will end up with one of my grandchildren but hopefully that's many years away.
Welsh Beauty will be displayed/used on the guest room bed while our daughter is here for a short visit. Then she (the quilt) will go along to retreat with me, she's my show & tell! I'll also put her on my bed in the motel room. Why have an ordinary boring motel cover when I can have a nice quilt? When I return home, she'll go back on the company bed.
Here is a link to my first post about Welsh Beauty.
Several people have asked me what top is next in the quilting frame, I don't know for sure, perhaps Lady Jane? However I'm extremely burnt out on hand quilting, the next quilt won't start before December, maybe even later.