I have to tell you this is a very large quilt and as time has gone on it is getting very heavy, so Larry caught me with it draped over the shoulder trying to support it while I stitched!
So glad it is the cooler months!…...
I decided to do feathers between the two borders of crosshatching. All I mark is the spine in a chalk pencil and then my method of feathers comes from watching the DVD's I purchased with Karen McTavish's two machine quilting books. They are fabulous and I watch them frequently for inspiration - I love how Karen does her feathers…..even I can do them and I do not enjoy machine quilting one bit!!
In fact I loathe machine quilting - it is the one part of the entire process that I dislike the most. Give me the drawings and the appliqué every day and I am happy! The cross hatching that Jude has done is superb and I hate to think how many weeks it would have taken me!!
Our days have been a little gloomy with the first day of Winter today so lots of lights were needed - but I won't show you the floor lamp I had standing precariously on top of the sewing table! (We are looking forward to down lights being installed very soon!). I needed an extra table to the side of me to support the weight of the quilt……...
I never used to use gloves when I quilted - perhaps an association of why one wears gloves from nursing days??!! But several friends have encouraged me to and I have not looked back. It eases the joints and grips the quilt….I should have used them years ago!
My preference for the free motion foot is a closed clear one - it doesn't catch any threads and I get better vision of the quilt…..
Statistically I have put in over 170 hours on this quilt and that includes regular cleaning and needle changing - in fact I used 9 needles during the process and over 24 kms of thread - almost 15 miles and that doesn't include the bird's nest of basting thread from Jude! (or her quilting thread and hours)….
The final process was attaching over 400 inches of binding! I cut my binding 2 1/2" wide and attach it to the quilt with a little wider than a 1/4" seam. I find a little more that 1/4" allows me to have the preferred "fat and full" binding. This is where your quilt will wear out first so it does need to be firm….
I stitch the usual mitred corners with the first fold up and second fold down…...
And then I join the two ends with the 45 degree angle as was used to make the long binding strip. To join the ends I found this formula years ago and it works well for me. You need about a 6" end to play with at the beginning and end of your binding strips. You then fold these ends so they meet and then fold back as pictured……..
Trim each end from the fold a little less than half the finished cut width of your binding. So mine is 2 1/2" so I trimmed a little less than 1 1/4". With the bulk of the quilt closest to your body you then open the strip and pin right sides together…….
Now you are ready to join the ends by stitching the 45 degree angle as you did before. Trim the seam….
and then finger press the seam open. Continue to attach the binding to the quilt and voila….it fits perfectly and no-one will know where you started or ended!
So today was a full day of more feather quilting between the two rows of cross hatching…….
And tonight all the trimming of threads and finally trimming back the binding ready for hand stitching…...
I was thrilled to find this extra wide backing fabric from Widebacks……...
So all that is left is to hand stitch the binding (and attach a label), to the back of the quilt which I envisage will take another 8 or so hours. Here it is tonight on a double bed……..
and I will be pleased to see it in all its glory in this room on this bed …….
So the sewing corner is cleaned up and resting for the next project which should have been finished weeks ago for a workshop in just over 8 days!!
This is a small portion of the project all hand stitched this time and I think William Morris might be happier that I am back to some more hand work (but that is after the Thorngrove binding!). Here you can see a little of it - my version of burden switch which I am loving…….
So thanks for sharing in this journey and next time I hope to share photos of the quilt on the king sized King's chamber bed! Take care wherever you are x