Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hand Quilting

Where have I been you may wonder?
Well, remember these above? That became this below

I decided I wanted to have a go at hand quilting baptist fans on this scrappy repro log cabin in order to keep this quilt as traditional as possible.
I used these washable fine tipped markers and some circle templates to mark the rows of fans
...........as I didn't trust my skills at doing these freehand

Loving the look of these fans & the texture they create
Almost done......
Ta dah, all finished!
 and washed (the marker washed out perfectly)
 Look at all the texture, love it.
Here it is in all it's glory, this quilt finished at single bed/generous lap size, which was big enough for my first big hand quilting project.

Small Quilts

In between bouts of hand quilting I've managed to keep up with the Small Quilt Talk group monthly challenges set by Kathy Tracy:
April's challenge - Contrary wife block
May's challenge was a beautiful Sweet Pea pattern that Kathy designed and published the free pattern on her website here

..........and my interpretation of June's challenge, Flowerpot applique from her book, Remembering Adelia. A bit different to the original pattern, I admit I got just a little carried away doing my own thing here! lol
Here we have a possible layout of how I'm planning on joining these together "Quilt as You Go" method to make one large quilt. As I've mentioned before these little quilts are very good practice for improving my machine piecing and hand quilting. Odd orphan and play blocks are being used as fillers.

Hopefully it won't be so long before my next post, in the meantime, keep on stitching :)


Oops-Lah said...

I was wondering what had happened to you and I'm glad that you are fine and busy with all your lovely projects. Your hand quilting looks fantastic; absolutely stunning in fact! And your other "small" quilts are lovely too.

Shirley said...

Well done to you Gisele, it looks amazing and all your effort has been doubly rewarded. Lots of other lovely stitching going on. Hope you are well.

Nancy said...

Your log cabin is gorgeous. Baptist Fans is my favorite quilting pattern--so far, anyway, because I haven't hand quilted very much. I love the texture it creates.

Cathi said...

The Baptist Fans quilting on that log cabin looks fabulous!
Your small quilts are absolutely adorable. You're inspiring me to take an orphan blocks and turn it into a small quilt.

Sandra White said...

Beautiful log cabin.

Sandy White

Sandra Henderson said...

THe Baptist Fans on the log cabin quilt are so snuggly and old fashioned, very fitting for that quilt. Looks so inviting... LOVE your fabrics!~ How do you manage to get so much done?!?!? I need to take up the quilt as you go method. Just makes sense for some quilts. Loving your applique also. You are so talented.