Monday, October 6, 2014

Milestone Monday

Yes, it has happened. I have got all the appliqued blocks in the center of this 25 block quilt outlined in the cream thread.  You also might know, I've also done some of the grid work in the background as I've gotten bored with the seemingly endless outlining sessions on this piece.


Wow, 25 blocks, that has been a journey. Now I'm on to outlining  the border applique and will continue the cross hatching throughout the body of this piece. I make sure I do some outlining every time I pick up this quilt.  I use it as a warm before I get to the cross hatch stitching.


As I spread this out to snap a few photos, I took a closer look at my progress.  I realized I'm almost finished all the background grid in the center 9 blocks.  Just a bit left on these two blocks.



Once all the cream hand quilting is done, I will bind the quilt. At that time, I will go back and finish the individual block quilting. Many flowers, vases, and leaves need more quilting, but I want to do this in matching threads.

An outside block that is almost finished. 


This just goes to show that you hand quilt a large quilt just like they say, "one stitch at a time"


And I would be remiss if I didn't share a photo of the back.  I love running my hand over the back, the tactile feel of this is amazing.  It's like running a hand over the past, I see my grand parents, their home, my childhood, and yet, we did not have quilts.  It's just the "feel good" feeling I get. 
 
Just like the feeling I got the other day when I walked down the driveway at my guys place, opened up the mailbox, inserted an envelope with a stamp on it and put the flag up. Yes, they still pick up the mail from your private mailbox in his neighborhood.

My BTCT goal has been bumped by a year, the new goal is June of 2015. I took the first stitches on the quilting Jan. 1, 2013 but took a good 6 month hiatus from this last fall/winter. It's amazing how a guy can take up quilting time. *vbg*  Now I'm trying to stitch on it every day, for a minimum of 30 minutes. That usually extends to 45 - 60 and it's a matter of giving this some priority in my day.

Are you doing any hand work this winter? If so, please share

Sharon



17 comments:

Karen said...

I like that you used a plain fabric for the back of the quilt. It shows the quilting so well. I love seeing your quilt. Keep on stitchin'!

Lori said...

SHARON!!! It is absolutely wonderful and I must see it the next time we may see each other! You've inspired me to get mine out....well, I got it out of the closet and onto the guest bed, but it is still in the 80's here and I've been waiting for it to cool down. I'll bring it down stairs in the hope that it motivates me to get stitching! Yours looks fabulous!

Aunt 'Reen said...

What a treat to see all this wonderful hand work! Such a labor of love but also incredibly stunning. Your quilt is Glorious, thanks for sharing more of your progress!

Mimi said...

Oh My God! Excuse my French but that is just gorgeous. I love mine, but your handquilting on this is making your quilt look exquisite. I am envious of your patience and willingness to keep at it.

Nifty Quilts said...

My goodness! It's SO beautiful!!! What an inspiration in these days of "hurry up and finish." True masterpieces take time, and this surely is one of those!

Janet O. said...

You are doing an incredible job on the quilting of this, Sharon. It boggles my mind!
I plan to hand quilt a bed quilt for my youngest son (26 years old). He is the only one that doesn't have one yet. But I am waiting for the local LAQ to have an opening to baste it for me. That is one of my least favorite chores! And at the rate I hand quilt, it could take a couple of years to finish. : )

Louise said...

Oh Sharon I knew you could do it. It is so very nice to start getting a glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel...it may be a bit dim right now but will be brighter in no time.
Does that make any sense at all?? I have shared with you my hand quilting project and it's sad tale....

susis quilts said...

your quilting looks gorgeous,sharon,it is really fantastic,susi

Barb said...

stunning quilting! I love that you showed the back too - I love to admire the back as a white work.
Gorgeous!

Nancy said...

Truly beautiful Sharon.Your quilting just brings it alive.

Mcm said...

Beautiful!

Rose Marie said...

Seeing all that quilting ... well, it made me smile! Beautiful work!!

antique quilter said...

it is just incredible
wow….. glad your back at it. I am gong to try and start hand quilting all of my little quilts now to get back into it
I find I do more hand work in the winter so Looking forward to that!
Kathie

Me and My Stitches said...

Your quilt is a masterpiece...just gorgeous. I absolutely love cross hatching and yours is perfect! LOVE IT!!

taylorsoutback said...

Cheering you on Sharon - wonderful progress!!! My own BTCT quilting in the blocks is just over half done - but I am doing only one direction grid quilting and in my heart know it should be crosshatched. Our quilt show is next May for my own goal but in serious doubt as to whether it will be done. Wish I had also used a plain backing. This quilt is well traveled though - just made its 2nd trip to Canada/Alaska - stitching along the way.

Belinda said...

CLAPPING! CLAPPING! CLAPPING!!!!

What an amazing heirloom you are creating Sharon!

I. LOVE. THIS. QUILT.

Go Go Go

Every Stitch said...

Superb! you have quilted so beautifully. I am inspired all over again to do some hand quilting :)