Sharing my adventures in quilting and my love of applique.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Hand quilting takes forever...
Though most of my quilt is done on my longarm, I just love to hand quilt. I love how relaxing the process is and the beautiful way that it looks. If I'm going to take the time to do it I really want it to be special.
This quilt pattern is from a very old McCall's quilting book that I bought when I was in college. (a long, long time ago :) ) I was newly engaged and had never quilted bought thought that since I sewed clothes that it would be easy. This was before rotary cutters (OK it was the late 70's) and all the patterns advised making templates out of cardboard and well you probably get the picture. So I started making a lemoyne star (I think that is what it is called) with these nasty fabrics in shades of brown, rust and tan and well it was hideous. I scrapped it and didn't attempt quilting again for another 6 or 7 years with much better success. A couple of years ago I came across that quilting book and saw this pattern again. Now this was the quilt I really wanted to make out of the book, not that brown and rust thing, I know I have the skills to do it! The applique was pretty easy but oh the quilting, I have been working on this for over a year and it is taking forever. Oh well, I still love this quilt and I will finish it someday!