Rose told me that her first husband had played with her new sewing machine one time while she was out of the house, and this was the result. Yes, this is all thread painting, meaning he made the design by making the stitches himself. This is not an embroidered design that you would download and have the sewing machine stitch out while you watched it.
I love to hand quilt in addition to longarm quilting. I found this pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine and decided that I needed to do it. I also love to English Paper Piece, so this quilt is made entirely by hand. Hand pieced, hand quilted, hand sewn down binding. Okay, so I sewed the binding to the quilt top by machine, but that's all!
Quilted with wool batting so very fluffy, and light, and wonderful for hand quilting! I've even machine washed and dried this, and it didn't shrink up terribly. Just enough to make it wrinkly and extra warm.
I changed the pattern slightly from the original in the magazine. I already had 1.5 inch hexagons, so used those instead of the smaller size recommended. This gave me bigger blocks. Being quite tall, I also added rows to make it long enough for me to snuggle under. It's got to be long enough to wrap around my cold toes, and then tuck up and around your neck.
Now I have to confess. Math isn't my strong suit. Consequently, when I made it, the sides and top and bottom aren't the same length. You can't tell in the photo, but trust me. It made perfect sense when I had it laid out on the guest room floor though! Besides, all the leftover blocks made a lovely quilt top that will eventually be quilted up for charity.
By the way, the napkin works great!
Carol is going to be a grandma again! She has a 2 year old grandson, and a new baby girl is on her way. The baby will live in Germany, but at least Carol gets to over and hand deliver the quilt. What a lovely hug from Grandma as she grows.
Oh my! I can't bet over the work that went into this quilt for Barbara's grandson. All of the blocks are paper pieced, some pieces are as small as the head of a pin! Because of this, we chose to do a freehand design of stars and loops, then I could avoid areas that had heavy seams and would be difficult to quilt. Here are just a few of the amazing blocks. Please forgive any spelling errors. I've only seen the movies, not read the books.
A shot of the backing. Cobwebs in the corners of the border, leaves in the border and the stars and loops in the center of the quilt.