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.