Thursday, September 16, 2010

in the works:


while awaiting the arrival of two remaining prints in anna maria horner's little folks collection, i've managed to get the rest all cut up into squares for the queen-sized patchwork quilt i'm making. for me, arranging and handling all the pieces is one of my favorite parts of the quilting process, it's such an orderly, imaginative, and soothing activity!

i decided to do a patchwork design because it seems to best showcase the prints which are easily among my favorite fabric designs...um, ever. o wait, did i mention that before?! ok, so maybe only several hundred times...ANYWHO. the cotton voile is such a joy to work with and this will be the biggest quilt i've ever made sooo i made the decision to do it all by hand—from piecing to quilting and binding, stitch by little stitch. i know, i might be a little off my rocker, but this is a very special project that i actually get to keep so i want to take my time and enjoy it! so having said that, it may be a little while before i'm able to share the completed quilt top...

my other idea is that for the actual quilting, i think i want to use a thicker strand of embroidery floss or pearl cotton in various colors to complement the variety of color and pattern in the fabric itself. have you ever quilted with anything but regular ole mercerized thread? did you like the results?

4 comments:

Dylan said...

That is going to be spectacular. I will stay tuned, no matter how long it takes ;-)

EmmyLizzy said...

My goodness that is beautiful! I finally got a feel of the voile when I was at The Needle Shop in Chicago this past weekend - it is sooooo amazingly soft. Kudos to you for doing everything by hand. I've quilted one quilt by hand - http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmylizzy/3695580518/in/set-72157621051627448/ and had such an enjoyable time working on it. I just used 6 strands of embroidery floss. However I can't imagine piecing everything by hand - that takes some ambition! Good luck!

maureencracknell said...

It's looking good! I am still trying to figure our my little folks quilt, too. I need to do a post on it -- I decided to simplify my original design and do more standard patchwork with "some" hand appliques, instead of the entire things being hand appliqued. Does that make sense? Basically, I was in over my head. : )

considerthelillies said...

the fabrics look beautiful together!
I love quilts and wish that I could at least thread a sewing machine for that very reason. Enjoy the process!