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.
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