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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jubilee Tribute - One Stitch at a Time

I thought it was time for a Jubilee Quilt update.  Just wanted you to know that in between all the Pickle Dish blocks, I am still working on this.  After weeks and weeks of marking, hand quilting, ripping out, re-marking and then hand quilting again, I think I'm finally on the right path.  I think my quilt was not quite square to begin with and that was where my problems were coming from.
I started out by first outline quilting all the vines, leaves and berries.
Next I outline quilted the coxcomb flowers and their leaves.  Then I was finally ready for the cross hatching.  I started out by using my 6" x 24" ruler, drawing lines 6" apart.
Then I came back and drew in 3" lines.  When those were finished, I started quilting the 1 1/2" lines. Here (in the picture above) you can see the pins I use to stabilize the quilting area (as I don't quilt in a hoop).  It's actually going pretty fast now.  And it's starting to give me a glimpse of what's going to happen very, very soon :).
The rectangle areas are where I've quilted across in 1 1/2" rows but there are still 3" rows going the other way.  It's a good thing I REALLY enjoy hand quilting otherwise I think I would be in serious trouble about now.
This is a picture of where I was last weekend.  My sister and I flew from Florida to Albany, NY and then drove from there to a cabin at Great Sacandaga Lake in the Adirondack Mountains.  We met childhood friends and spent a very special time re-connecting.  This was taken as we were walking across the new lake bridge on a glorious fall day.  Priceless memories...
As I've said before, I am blessed.
Karen

9 comments:

audrey said...

This is such an amazing quilt! You are making fabulous progress. I'm sure it's starting to feel really good now that you can 'see' what's happening.:)

Michelle said...

I just love your quilt.....and the quilting is great.......do you just quilt on your lap ??....because I can't get along with a hoop or frame either

Barb said...

looks so wonderful. The texture is great. Smart to break the quilting down from lager areas to smaller.

Wendy said...

Good idea to break up the quilting in sections. You are making good progress, it's going to be a fabulous quilt. Nothing better than a day at the lake.

Ruth said...

What an amazing "one of a kind" quilt! You hand quilters are something else. I still haven't finished hand quilting the doll quilt that I was working on during our trip west! I just can't get excited about it and can't decide what to quilt in the border.

Janan said...

It is amazing, the quilt looks amazing. You will be so proud of it when it is completed.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

Your quilt and quilting is just amazing...you encourage me just to keep up my humble work!! THANKS

FlourishingPalms said...

You're definitely multi-talented when it comes to quilting! Really pretty workmanship on this quilt, Karen. I don't know how you are getting so much done, working and all. You must be a fast hand quilter. It's looking stunning, no matter what! How nice for you to have had a get-away too. We all need those now and again, even if we live in Florida!

Penny from S.C. said...

Just curious what type of batting you use when you hand quilt? Thanks and your quilt is beautiful. A great family heirloom.