Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Low-Volume Hand-Quilted Finish!


A bundle of low-volume Japanese imports are the basis for this quilt, with a couple of additional fabrics from my stash.  It is backed with an Art Gallery fabric (so soft and slidey), batted with wool, and hand-quilted with Nol. 8 Perle Cotton.  

 I started quilting this February 19 and just finished it March 29.  It takes 6 - 8 weeks to quilt something like this.  It is 70" x 80".  

As I started quilting with an off-center spiral and did a couple of rounds, I decided to throw quilter's caution to the wind and just quilt this willy-nilly, changing directions whenever I wanted.  I like this sort of random quilting.

Occasionally I used a strand of a dark grey - for no particular reason.  

Without measuring, my rows are about 1" apart.  I have had to mark quilt lines, like for a Baptist Fan.  But this quilting just is.  

My guild has had an on-line discussion about wool batting.  And it is my favorite, especially for hand quilting.  The picture below is after washing and drying the quilt normally - no special soaps or temperatures.  I love how the texture has deepened, and the one-inch spacing between my rows become little pockets of puffiness.  

I used to make quilts and figure out the quilting when I was finished.  This new phase of my quilting means creating quilts and knowing exactly how I want to hand-quilt them.  Quite a change for me!

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