Sunday, 15 January 2017

Exciting Slow Stitching Sunday

What I project I'm working on today....
A few years back my good friend made me a scrappy quilt top for my birthday. I wasn't into using scraps or repetitive designs so I just love what Sue has done.... it sat in the cupboard for 3 years not knowing how to quilt it. Sue thought I didn't like it....
Isn't it lovely

The sashings were done in the shade of green that was my mums favourite colour. I have always wanted to quilt with perle thread.

When we cleaned up mums house I collected a whole tub of bits on rolls, new rolls and lots more. So decision made... This quilt will have a bit of mum in there too.

I cleaned off my table and got to thread basting it. I prefer to thread baste rather than using pins when I am going to hand quilt. I'm not sure how long it will take me to quilt and I have seen other projects damaged by the pins. I also don't like my thread getting caught around the pins when I sew...
I am basting through every square.
So that means about every 2 inches.

I have added a label already and it will be quilted in. This quilt is mine and I don't want it going missing.
My special label of thanks

All the basting is done and the quilt is trimmed down. It looks so much better when you trim it. It feels a lot better too.
All trimmed ready for quilting

Now for the quilting design. I have chosen the BAPTIST FAN design. I followed this great tutorial to  help me out
http://quiltyfolk.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/part-1-learning-how-to-make-baptist-fan.html
I have drawn the design on and now for the threads....
I am using frixion pens to mark this design with. I will draw a few fans, stitch them, lightly iron the pen mark off then draw on some more... I have a lot of colours to choose from and so far it's the blacks that seems to show up the best
My circle maker and frixion pen

Here is the tub of threads to go through.
Look at what I get to choose from

Here are some to start me off. I'm continuing the scrappy feel and just going to finish off some of these rolls...
The threads I am starting with

The end of the day and this is where I am at. I haven't stopped.
Baptist Fan hand quilting is started
Sue, this is for you. Thank you for my lovely gift and now you can see my progress.

I am linking up with Kathy for SLOW STITCHING SUNDAY . This link is for Kathys home page but very Sunday she has a link up...  Go and have a look through to see what others get up to for a relaxing day of stitching.

27 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  2. Lovely quilt! I'm quite fascinated by the arrangement of the lights and darks, trying to work out if there is a repeating block, or otherwise how it was done. I think the perle cotton quilting is perfect for it. In your close-up pictures, I had the fun of going, "I've got that fabric", and "I've got that but in a different colour".

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  3. A fabulous Scrappy Quilt top Sue made for you... Love your idea of scrappy quilting too with Mums threads... Your stitching looks great..

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  4. Wow it looks great, it will be a treasure when you are finished !!!

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  5. Loved seeing your scrappy quilt Jo also the thought of using your Mums threads .I never knew the quilting pattern I have seen it on other quilts

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  6. It is a beautiful quilt ; enjoy the hand quilting! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh, Jo!!! I love everything about this quilt. Enjoy the hand quilting. I "visit" with my mother-in-law (who has passed) every time I use her (or my grandmother's) sewing things. I always carry my grandmother's needle book (and needles) when I hand stitch. I feel they are with me in a way. I just love all the threads!!! The label is perfect!

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  8. The Baptist fans with those special threads are perfect for this quilt. Your friend will be pleased that you are finishing the quilt and your mom would be happy to know you are using her threads!

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  9. That is a beautiful quilt and I thing the Baptist Fans really complement it. How wonderful that you will be using your Mom's threads to make it extra special. Enjoy your quilting.

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  10. Beautiful quilt and a great start to the quilting. It's going to look wonderful!

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  11. Oh my goodness I love this project! Love the scrappy quilt, love the perle cotton quilting stitches, and love the baptist fan design! We will enjoy following your progress on this!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Perfect design and perfect way to incorporate your Mom into this special quilt.

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  13. This is a great project! Lovely to start quilting the quilt top your friend so kindly made and good that you are using your Mum's Perle threads. The hand quilting looks fabulous.

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  14. What a beautiful quilt Sue made for you. Love the quilting pattern you are using and lovely to use your Mums threads in there. Great label, a very special quilt for you.

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  15. A beautiful quilt top - and it will be something special with your mum stitched in as well!

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  16. Looks lovely Jo, and so nice to have some of your mum in there too

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  17. It is a wonderful quilt! I love love love how you chose to hand quilt it.

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  18. A lot of work there Jo and it is a lovely quilt to treasure.

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  19. Ooh, baptist fans. I really need to revisit them! What a beautiful plan you've developed.

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  20. Hahaha. At last you are quilting the birthday quilt. I'm so glad you are quilting it with your Mum's cotton. When you use it you will know that you have two lots of love in that quilt.

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  21. Gorgeous quilt jo and love the way you are quilting it with the fan design.
    Going to be amazing

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  22. Not sure how I missed this post, seems not all things are showing up in my feed - but lovely hand quilting ..... I know who to ask now if I need some help!

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  23. What a lovley quilt and the baptist fan will compliment it beautifully. Love the idea of scrappy quilting thread too.

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  24. Awesome JO. How wonderful to see the story.

    Yes, Sue loves scrap quilts. What a treasure for her to make that, it must have taken her ages with her sore arm. xo

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  25. I love this quilt.....goodluck with the quilting that will look lovely.............

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