Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Slow and Steady Progress

I am hand quilting this Rocky Road to Kansas. It always takes a while to get in stride when hand quilting, if you've not hand quilted for a while. When assembling the blocks, I used a little bit of spray starch - that always makes the blocks look so neat, but now, after the fact, I think it is causing me problems - it is difficult to needle -- not just the older fabric, but also the background. Live and learn. Fortunately, the fabric is so busy, the stitches don't show much.

After marking the white, I gasped as I remembered I had not tested the blue marker for disappearance, but it DID slowly disappear in one day.

Here is a blurry photo, of the finished area. The heart quilting templates are home made - good old folding paper method. I'm going to like it.

15 comments:

Eileen said...

Looks good, Elaine, I use the wate soluble blue marking pen and just spritz it when I'm finished. But I also like to mark the whole quilt before I sandwich it. Let see the whole quilt.

Colleen Eskridge said...

The quilting looks super to me!And the photos of the real log cabin.... stunning views! Colleen

sMC said...

looks stunning. You are brave, I never use the blue marker. Have heard it does tend to come back. Unless really washed out. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Jeanne said...

I like it, too. Isn't seeing the quilting begin one of the best parts of making it?

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

The old-fashioned paper folding method of making a quilting... great idea to make your top original! I don't know if spritzing it with water would help remove some of the stiffness from the starch - might be worth a spritz to see.

Cheers!

Evelyn

Libby said...

Looks great . . . I have just come to the world of making my own hand-quilting templates - very satisfying *s*

Anne Ida said...

Your quilting looks great, and the hearts are wonderful! Keep up the good work :o)

joyce said...

Looking good. I am stalled on my hand quilting project. Maybe seeing this will get me started again.

meggie said...

Looking good! I could never hand quilt, I do admire people who can!

Darlene said...

Beautiful work!

kcamou said...

It's beautiful! I really like the design you created!

atet said...

The quilting looks great! Beautiful work!

Rose Marie said...

Wow, love the quilt and your handquilting and those photos of the cabin were fantastic.

Mama Koch said...

Looks wonderful! It's been years since I've hand quilted anything of size. You're brave.

Angela said...

Gorgeous!