Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Slowly, slowly

Thank you for the encouraging words after my last post which were so appreciated.   Progress is creeping on so I'm feeling a bit more cheerful, and after the good luck in scoring a bargain piece of batting in just the size needed, I also discovered that without any planning whatsoever the quilt is exactly as wide as the beloved Ikea nummer fabric.  Hooray.


I have managed to get it basted, and after a few false starts with machine quilting which just didn't give the sort of organic effect I want as background to the leaves I'm laboriously hand quilting it.


This is being done in fits and starts between work and as usual any attempt at domesticity has fallen by the wayside.

19 comments:

  1. Love, love your leaves Catherine. The gradation of colour is gorgeous. They look lovely on the dark background and the backing fabric is wonderful. I must also say, I love the artwork on your walls!!

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  2. It's gorgeous! Enjoy the hand quilting!

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  3. Yay for backing that is the exact right width! Sometimes piecing a back together is just not what you need!

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  4. The colors you've chosen are fabulous! That hand-quilting will make it extra special.

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  5. Hey Catherine, Looking at the first picture I did not quite get the scale of the top design but seeing it all basted I realized how big the leaves are. It's very cool and I think your descision to hand quilt it is a good idea! cheers,Claire W.

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  6. it will be SO worth all your hard work ... house work and domesticity are overrated in my opinion xx

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  7. Hope all those bottles of beer help with the hand quilting ;-)

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  8. hi Catherine, I love the minimalism in this. it will be great hand quilted

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  9. Hi Catherine! I think every quilter in the entire world must have at least one photo of a quilt plus toes. :) :) :)

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    1. I think toes (or fingers) are essential:-)

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  10. The quilt looks great! The oakshots will really make it shimmer. I'm so impressed that you are hand quilting it. Domesticity never ranks high at our place unless the in laws are coming over!

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  11. "Domesticity has fallen by the wayside" Man I hear you on that one. Great idea to hand-quilt it, hand quilting is so lovely. Also I love the art work in your studio :) You must be gardening like crazy right now, too, huh? It is hard work and I admire you for quilting in your free time!

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  12. I agree with Emily, hand quilting has a much nicer quality than machine stitching and will work perfectly with your leaves. I wouldn't worry about your lack of domesticity, our bottle collection will soon need its own room.

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  13. This is looking so gorgeous I tried to comment on the last post but for some reason my iPad didn't let me. The hand quilting will be so beautiful against the dark background. Your vision is becoming a beautiful reality!

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  14. I wish I could let domesticity fall by the wayside and have my kitchen looking that good! This quilt looks lovelier every time I see it :)

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  15. The quilt looks more interesting and beautiful every time I see it and it's so large! Love the top photo with the toes and love the fabric for the back. :-) Look after your fingers while hand quilting!

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  16. I once saw a comment about photographing your quilts that mocked the idea of any limbs being involved. I try to make sure that my other half's ankles are included at all times. Loving your work x

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  17. Wow! It's big! I hadn't realised the size. It's looks so beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the quilting and the final effect. I adore leaves so I have been following your progress and am very impressed.

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  18. This is looking gorgeous!! Such gorgeous colours for the leaves.

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