I made a concerted effort to stick with the hand quilting over the winter and that made a big difference. I set a goal to have it done this year; to use it on my bed this fall. Or else!
I had decided early on that I would put my name on the front of the quilt. The two outermost bottom corner 6" blocks are plain with that in mind.
Deciding how I wanted to do that took some time but I'm happy that I didn't rush it. I wanted it to be just the right thing.
I knew I wanted to repeat the circle of the central Mariner's Compass and small blue circles in the corners of the checkerboard, seen in the view above.
I found this design in Antique Quilting Designs by Roberta Benvin.
It was used as the center quilting motif in a feathered wreath on the plain setting blocks of a c. 1840 Double Nine Patch quilt; a circle and the required four places defined to embroider my information.
That fit well with the date of the reproduction fabric I used as well as the frame style layout.
I enlarged the design and slipped it under the corner over a light box to trace.
I combined embroidery with complimentary quilting. I used double strand blue thread for the chain-stitched circle and to outline leaf shapes.
The data itself required using a single thread.
The label on the back contains a few more details but the basics are on the front for all to see. I don't want someone have to 'discover' it by accident in 100 years....or worse yet, NOT discover it!
At last I was ready for the final step. Binding.
Rip. Rip. Rip.
I didn't want to get stuck this close to the end! Luckily, a fabric that came with the original fabric line worked and I had enough of it.
|The last few stitches - Had to record them!|
Size:86" W x 94" L
Hours to hand quilt: 140
I hope you are all well and enjoying your quilting adventures. I have been AWOL from writing this blog for some time and hope to be much more regular now. I have acquired quite a few new 'old' quilts I'd like to share with you and have finished lots of smaller projects, too.
Please check back and send your comments to keep me honest.