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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Missing but making progress

I really cannot believe that it's been a month since I blogged!! I've been reading some, sewing some and trying to chill. I've been at the beach on the Gulf of Mexico with my family for a mini family reunion and I've been in the mountains of NC (no internet). I did take my machine and had fun working on some projects which I'll share soon. (Em, I thought of you and Roxy as I sewed, looking out at the beautiful mountains and the serenity of God's creation). Today, I want to share my progess on my new granddaughter's baby quilt. Here the shadows help show the quilting. I'm hand quilting this and doing a cross hatching in the plain fabric blocks.



It's a sweet old fashioned look to a very modern fabric.



I'm quilting in the ditch around each petal and then echo quilting.



I'm not marking anything, so each block is slightly different.



I'm doing straight line quilting at each one inch block.



I'm loving the contrast between the vibrant, modern look of the fabric and the traditional look of the muslin and the quilting. I always forget how different (slow) hand quilting is from machine quilting. I really want all my grandchildren to have at least one quilt hand quilted by "Nana Girl" so it's been a complete labor of love.



Hope you are all having a wonderful summer.



Until next time,



-Karen

19 comments:

*karendianne. said...

Gosh I've missed you but it's worth the wait. You sound wonderful and I'm thrilled to read you've been taking some time for yourself & family. Karen, your quilting design here is fantastic. I can really learn something from this. Thanks for sharing the special quilt and all it's detail. Always giving you are!

Pokey said...

Yes, that is what summer is all about, and it sounds like you are doing great. Your quilt is going to be a lovely heirloom, I do love the happy colors and hand stitching is wonderful! You have a great goal to give each grandchild hand quilted gifts. Keep enjoying your summer ~
:-}pokey

Jan said...

Welcome back, and what a pretty quilt! Love to see hand quilting; yours is really good!

Dianne Mitzel said...

I live in N.C. and love to go to my daughters house there and sew..as you say, looking at those magnificent mtns. makes you so aware of God's greatness! Your quilting stitches are perfection..I will never achieve that feat. I love the quilt, the colors and pattern are so very beautiful...

Em said...

You are so adorable, Karen!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers to God's beauty he has gifted to us and this wonderful hobby, quilting! Love to you, Em

carol fun said...

This quilt just get prettier and prettier!

Quiltbenaco said...

Stupendo....davvero!
Ciao

QuiltSue said...

I love the contrast between the modern fabrics and the traditional hand quilting. I think this is going to look absolutely stunning.

Sunnybec said...

Your quilt is beautiful, I love the colours and your hand quilting is so neat. I have never tried hand quilting I just don't think I would have the patience. Linda

Kathie said...

your hand quilting is beautiful perfect choices for this quilt
how adorable it certainly is a labor of love.
kathie

Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Your hand quilting stitches are so perfect - tiny and equal. This will be a quilt for your granddaughter to cherish forever.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Wow, I love that you have the patience to hand quilt and your hand quilting is wonderful - I am too impatient to get things done!

Denise in PA said...

Wow, the hand quilting looks fabulous! I just can't believe the difference between that and machine quilting. The colors are terrific too! Just beautiful work!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

It's so sweet! I love your hand work!

Rose Marie said...

Lovely quilting and I appreciate your quilting without any marking. Well done!

A break visiting family is always a precious time.

Vivian said...

Your quilting is exquisite, Karen, a lovely blend of the traditional quilting with the modern fabrics. This will indeed be an heirloom.
Your plan for one hand-quilted quilt per grandchild is the plan of a caring grandmother.
Sounds like your time away fed your energy and fed your soul.

Linda said...

What a gorgeous quilt, Karen. And truly a labor of love to be hand quilting it. Putting aside other projects to slow down for this one is admirable. It will be a treasured piece.

Stampmouse said...

stunning work. I love that you are hand quilting this my mom always hand quilted and it takes a long time but always looks beautiful.

Belinda said...

Well, I've got a crush on this cutie pie quilt!!!
And I am a-l-l about hand quilting too!!!